Please note (updated November 13, 2023):
- For applicants who graduated from optometry programs accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), the onus is on applicants for registration to check directly with ACOE about whether an ACOE program is accredited.
- The information packages above address only registration requirements. Once you have completed these registration requirements, the College will update your status in writing and send various forms that you will need to complete.
- To practise as an optometrist in Ontario, you need valid professional liability insurance. Applicants must follow up with the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science (UWSO) regarding your professional liability insurance plan coverage.
- The member may engage in the practice of optometry only at the School of Optometry of the University of Waterloo or at another university or optometric educational facility in Ontario approved by the Council, or a facility formally associated with the School of Optometry, university or optometric educational facility, as the case may be as per O. Reg. 837/93, s. 1.
Once you have thoroughly read the above information package (and successfully completed the pre-registration process if you are an internationally educated applicant), click here for the application form for an Academic Certificate of Registration.
The following flow chart illustrates the process for application for: An Academic Certificate of Registration