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The College of Opticians of Alberta (COA) is the regulatory body that oversees the licensing and practice of opticianry in the province. 

Following changes to the Health Professions Act, the COA replaced the former Alberta College and Association of Opticians (ACAO) on January 1, 2022.

The COA will continue its role as a self-regulating body mandated by legislation to protect the public interest.

All professionals practicing opticianry in the province of Alberta are required to be licensed by the COA. 

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Review the steps to become licensed as an optician in the province of Alberta and start the registration process.

We recognize, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of the people who call the province of Alberta their home. Read our statement of commitment.

The College of Opticians of Alberta (COA) is located on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional and ancestral lands for diverse Indigenous peoples whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

The COA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of any protected grounds in its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the public, registrants, volunteers, staff, and other stakeholders.