Reinstating after Cancellation

Registered opticians wishing to return to active practice after cancellation must apply for reinstatement. 

Download the Reinstatement Registration Package to apply.

Applicants reinstating after 1 year may be required to provide an updated criminal record check and complete Continuing Competence Program requirements.

Applicants reinstating after 5 years are required to complete the NACOR Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Program.


If you are applying to reinstate after 5 years, you are required to complete the NACOR PLAR Program. This 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.

The PLAR Program is administered by the National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR). To begin the process, complete the NACOR PLAR Application Form and return it to the NACOR office by mail. Applicants are required to provide the following with their application form:

  • Applicant information
  • Contact information
  • Registration information
  • Details of work experience (Dispensing Experience and Fittings Form)
  • Transcripts of formal education including course outlines
  • Letters of personal reference and professional competence
  • English language proficiency test results
  • If available:
    • ICES, IQAS, or WES credential evaluations 
    • Certification exam results from other countries 
    • Letter of registration or licensure in other countries 
  • PLAR program fee payment
  • 2 passport-sized photos

Once you have completed the PLAR program, NACOR will send your results to the College of Opticians of Alberta (COA). You will receive an email from COA Staff with your results. If any gaps are identified in this process, bridging modules may be assigned to upgrade your skills and knowledge to meet the national competencies.

Contact Information

Please contact if you have any questions or require assistance with your application.