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5991 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 1Y6   -   902.425.7928   -

Requirements to register as a New Graduate

You can complete your application online with the following link:

New Graduate

Once you have passed the NACRO exam you will receive notification from NSCDO which will outline the next steps required to be licensed and allow you to practice to the full scope of our provincial legislation. To pass the exam you will require a passing mark of 61% for eyeglasses and 67% for contact lenses. 

You will be required to complete an Application for License or Registration as either a Dispensing Optician, New Candidate or Contact Lens Fitter, New Candidate. Part of the application is a Certificate of Employer to provide proof you are employed. Also required is confirmation you have Liability Insurance coverage, in the amount of one million dollars, as set by resolution, in the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians Act.

Registration Fee.  A fee is required in the amount of $200.00 as outlined below. Payment can be made by cheque, money order or credit card. You can also make payment by credit card by providing your information and authorizing NSCDO to charge your credit card with a credit card authorization form. With this authorization a payment request can be emailed to you with a secure link to complete credit card payment.

Requirements can be sent to: or

Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians
Suite 342, Halifax Professional Centre
5991 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS   B3H 1Y6

Alternatively, requirements can be dropped off at the above address.

If you have any questions about registering with the NSCDO, contact the Registrar at or call 902-425- 7928. 


New Candidate Registration - Dispensing Optician $200.00
New Candidate Registration - Contact Lens Fitter $200.00
 Late Payment of Fees $150.00
 NSF Cheque $25.00
 Replacement of Receipt, ACT or Regulations $10.00

Office Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Friday: Closed

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Office: 902.425.7928
Fax: 902.425.0360


5991 Spring Garden Road, Suite 342
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 1Y6

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* Closed Weekends & Holidays

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