As of October 1, 2022, registrants may log in to the COA Registrant Portal to complete their annual licensure renewal. Review the new renewal walkthrough guide for detailed instructions on the renewal process.
As a reminder, registration with the COA is mandatory in accordance with section 46(1) of the Health Professions Act of Alberta for all persons who meet the requirements for registration and intend to provide services as an optician. Mandatory registration applies to registrants working full-time, part-time, or casually. For more information on mandatory registration, please click here.
- Renewal opens on October 1 and closes on November 30
- Late renewals may be processed between December 1 and December 31 and are subject to a 10% late fee
- On January 1, registrants who have not renewed are suspended in accordance with the Health Professions Act and are subject to a reinstatement application and fee
As a regulatory body tasked with patient protection and regulation of the profession, the COA must charge fees that allow the organization to meet its obligations under legislation. When approving the annual budget for the COA, the Council considers a variety of factors, including organizational requirements, economic conditions, and the impact on registered members of the organization.
After careful review of the COA’s expenses, the Council has approved a 3% licensure fee increase to address inflation. At the time of budget preparation, the inflation rate in Alberta was 6.5%. As of September 2022, the inflation rate was 6.0%. The licensure fee increase will be automatically applied and registrants will see this increase reflected on their renewal form. Information on current fees is available on the COA website.
The COA has transitioned to a new cloud-based database platform to enhance security and IT infrastructure. Registrants renewing their license will follow a similar process as in previous years, which includes reviewing/updating registrant profile information and paying licensure fees.
A key security change in the new database is implementation of a 2-factor authentication process that requires registrants to verify their log-in through email. Registrants were invited earlier in the year to log in to the new database and review their registrant profiles. More information on this change and the log-in process is available on the COA website.
How to Renew
Please visit the COA Registrant Portal or cut and paste the following URL into your browser to complete your renewal: https://coa.alinityapp.com/client.
If this is your first time accessing the new COA Registrant Portal, please follow these instructions:
1. Click COA Registrant Portal or cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://coa.alinityapp.com/client
2. Follow the instructions to register using the username and temporary password information below:
Your username is: [@EmailAddress]
Your temporary password is: [@PersonXID]
3. Update your password when you are prompted
4. Enter the code sent to you via email to verify your browser (two-factor authentication)
Trauma-Informed Care Training
Registrants who have not already completed the requisite training for regulated members in accordance with section 135.7(2)(a) of the Health Professions Act will not be able to proceed with renewal. This complimentary course, “Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct,” is available on the COA Moodle Platform and must be completed by December 31, 2022. The course may also be applied towards Continuing Competence Program learning goals (click here to view an example).
The new COA database allows registrants to update their fee category online. Registrants may select the non-practicing fee option or change back to active practice as part of the renewal process. Please follow the instructions above to complete your renewal.
The non-practicing fee category is available to registrants who are unemployed or are required to take an extended leave from employment. Registrants seeking non-practicing fee consideration must sign an undertaking that they will not engage in the practice of opticianry in Alberta, including not performing duties restricted to licensed opticians under legislation. Non-practicing registrants must still complete mandatory Continuing Competence Program requirements.
If you encounter any issues please contact the COA office at 780-429-2694 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular office hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm MT. We strive to respond to all inquiries within 1 business day; however, due to the high volume of inquiries during the renewal period we may require up to 5 business days to respond.