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Opticianry: Career & Professional Development

Seneca College Opticianry (OPTC) Research Guide

Professional Certification

Seneca's Opticianry program is recognized by the College of Opticians of Ontario. To practice in Ontario as a Registered Optician, you must pass the national registration examination, among other requirements. You can find more information on how to become an optician at the Opticians Council of Canada.

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Retail optical dispensaries
  • Contact lens clinics
  • Medical clinics
  • Health care delivery team
Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisers for assistance.
Program Co-ordinator: Tatiana Mighiu 
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Career in Opticianry

Opticians are members of a health care delivery team who dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses and subnormal vision devices. Employment opportunities are available in retail optical dispensaries, contact lens clinics, as well as medical clinics in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Why Seneca College Opticianry Program? 

  • Small lab classes for enhanced learning
  • Work-Integrated Learning Model
  • Complete within 2 years full-time
  • Part-time option available
  • Only 1 of 6 accredited programs offered in Canada, and 1 of 2 in Ontario.

Opticianry Job Sites

Becoming a Registered Optician

  1. Graduate from a program accredited by National Association of Canadian Opticianry Regulators (NACOR) and College of Opticians of Ontario.

  2. Pass the licensing exams offered by the NACOR

  3. Apply to the College of Opticians of Ontario (the opticianry regulatory body in Ontario) and pay registration fees

National Opticianry Organizations

There are four national organizations that are fundamental to opticianry in Canada: the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC), the Opticians Council of Canada (OCC), the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) and the Canadian Association of Optician Educators (CAOE).  A fifth body, the National Examination Committee (NEC) is a sub-committee of NACOR.

NACOR. (2019). Canadian Opticianry. Retrieved July 22, 2019, from


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