International Candidates

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Practicing in Alberta

In Canada, opticians must register with their provincial regulatory body to legally practice opticianry. International applicants who have not graduated from a Canadian accredited program may apply for registration by completing a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program.

The PLAR program assesses the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and experience through a document review, Competency Gap Analysis (CGA), and Case-Based Interview (CBI). The CGA is a supervised online multiple-choice assessment and the CBI is conducted either in person or remotely. 

Both the CGA and CBI are based on the National Competencies for Canadian Opticians.

Bridging Options

The scores on the CGA and CBI are combined in a computer-generated score card known as an Integrated Candidate Scorecard (ICS). The results are used to determine if there are any gaps in the candidate’s knowledge and skills. If additional education is required, bridging modules may be assigned to upgrade the candidate’s knowledge and skills.

Applying for PLAR

The PLAR process is administered by the National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR). To begin the process, complete the PLAR Application Form and return it to the NACOR office. 

Please contact if you have any questions or require assistance.