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Non-accredited graduates & international applicants 

All registration applicants must meet the requirements set out in the College Bylaws. Canadian and international applicants who did not graduate from an accredited program or who are not currently registered in good standing with another Canadian Licensed Optician regulator may apply through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. 

This process is designed to assess an applicant’s knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities through a series of assessments. Results from the assessments will be reviewed by the Registration Committee, who will determine whether the applicant requires further training (educational “bridging”) or is ready to challenge the national licensing examination.  

Click here to find out more about becoming an optician in Canada.  

Steps for registration

  1. Contact  National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) to apply for and complete PLAR.
  2. Based on the decision of the Registration Committee, either:
       a) Complete bridging modules, or
       b) Proceed directly to Step 3 below.
  3. Successfully complete the one national exam required for all provinces in Canada. Learn more on this exam national licensing examination.
  4. Complete all registration requirements with NSCDO as a New Graduate.

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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