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Protecting Albertans through the proactive regulation of Registered Opticians

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.


Access provincial health orders and the College's guidelines to protect eye care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

File a Complaint

Learn more about the complaints and discipline process used to regulate the conduct of registered opticians.

Current Registrants

Review your continuing competence requirements, explore licensure fees and renewal, and access your standards of practice.

Apply for Licensure

Obtain comprehensive information about becoming an optician in the province of Alberta and start the registration process.


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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.