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

Requirements to register as a STUDENT

In order to be a licensed STUDENT OPTICIAN OR *CONTACT LENS FITTER the following requirements must be met:

*In Nova Scotia you must be a fully licensed Optician before you can apply as a student Contact Lens Fitter. 

Student Application for License or Registration (Download in PDF format).

Applicants residing in Nova Scotia must complete an Application for License or Registration to be registered as a Student Optician with the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians (NSCDO) prior to being accepted into an Optical Training Program. Proof of registration as a Student Optician with the NSCDO is required with your application to enroll in an Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses program. 

Sponsorship Agreement Form (Download in PDF format).

Applicants must already be working in an optical dispensary and have a qualified preceptor/supervisor (sponsor) willing to supervise the clinical (practical) component of the program. The preceptor (sponsor) must be a registered, practicing Optician or Optometrist. PLEASE NOTE: The Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians (NSCDO) requires a preceptor be licensed for a minimum of two (2) years prior to being eligible to sponsor/supervise a student and are limited to supervise two (2) students at one time. For more information, please refer to the Sponsor Agreement form

Registration Fee. The cost to register as a Student Optician or Contact Lens Fitter is $50.00 annually (subject to change). 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 link to complete credit card payment.

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

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.


Annual Registration - Dispensing Optician $50.00
Annual Registration - Contact Lens Fitter $50.00
Renewal Registration - Dispensing Optician $50.00
Renewal Registration - Contact Lens Fitter $50.00
 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

Call 902.425.7928 to schedule an appointment

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