"For Internationally Educated Opticians"

Step 1: PLAR

Application for PLAR

important  IMPORTANT
OOM conducts the registration and licensing process in English only. As a result, all application forms must be completed in English, and all required documents must be written in English or must be translated into English and notarized.The Immigrant Centre provides referrals to cost-effective translation services. The Immigrant Centre also provides free notary public services for permanent Manitoba residents.
100 Adelaide Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Phone: 204.943.9158

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process requires you to provide information about your training and work experience.  If you do not have these documents and have to obtain from another country it may take up to three months to complete the following tasks. You must complete these four tasks to apply for PLAR:

Task 1. Required Documents

Gather your required documents:

a) Certificate of Completion

Provide a certificate of completion from your educational institution, such as a photocopy of your diploma.

b) Curriculum Details

Provide information that describes the content of your course/education. For example, course outlines, course descriptions, syllabi. The information must include:

  • List of subject areas
  • Description of skills taught
  • Number of credit hours in theoretical education
  • Number of credit hours in practical education

c) Resume

Provide a resume that details your work history and experience since graduation. Include:

  • Job title
  • Start date
  • End date
  • Business name
  • Business address, including country
  • Tasks you performed

d) Letters of Reference

Your previous and current employers related to Opticianry must each provide a letter of reference. The letters of reference should match the work history and experience described on your resume.

Each letter of reference must include:

  • Your job title
  • Your start date and end date
  • A description of the tasks that you performed
  • A statement about your job performance

Your employer must sign the letter and mail it directly to OOM.

e) Dispensing Experience and Fittings Form

Provide one Dispensing Experience and Fittings form for each place of employment. Your supervisor must complete and sign the form.

f) Letter of Good Standing

You must provide a letter of good standing if you are currently a member of a regulatory body. The letter of good standing must include:

  • Name and address of the regulatory body
  • Your membership category such as Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
  • Your status such as active or inactive
  • The expiry date of your current licence
  • Information on any disciplinary action taken against you

g) Information Regarding Previous Applications for Registration Form.PDF

You must complete this form if you have applied for registration in any other province or territory in Canada.

h) Examination Marks

If you have successfully completed an Opticianry exam in Canada or any other country, you must provide:

  • Name of the certifying agency
  • Date of the exam
  • Mark achieved
  • Original exam certificate

i) Criminal Record Search Report

Complete a Criminal Record Check and provide the original Criminal Record Search Report to OOM. A Vulnerable Sector Screening is NOT required.

Contact The Winnipeg Police Service or your local police station for details on the process and fees.

The Winnipeg Police Service can complete a Criminal Record Check for anyone living in Manitoba. You may complete the application online at Winnipeg Police Service

j) English Language Proficiency (Optional)

Demonstrating English language proficiency is NOT a requirement. However, you will accelerate the registration process if you can provide the items below.

If you have completed an English as an Additional Language (EAL) course, please provide:

  • Name of the course
  • Level completed
  • Original transcript

If you have completed a Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CBPT) in English, please provide:

  • Original transcript
IMPORTANT
If your required documents are unavailable, you must write a letter that states which documents are unavailable and explain the reason why you cannot produce the documents. You must send the letter to the following:
Registrar
Opticians of Manitoba
215-1080 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3G 3M3
The Registrar will review your letter, look at the alternatives that can be considered, and advise you of the outcome within 60 days of receiving your letter.

Task 2. Application Form

Complete the Application for PLAR form:

PLAR Application Forms

Task 3. Application Fee

Submit your application fee of $340.00 for the document review & interview

You may pay by one of the following methods:

  • Money order
  • Credit card (To pay by telephone, call OOM at 204.222-8404)
  • Certified cheque (Please make cheques payable to Opticians of Manitoba)

Task 4. Delivery

Mail or hand-deliver all required documents with your application form and application fee to:

Opticians of Manitoba
215-1080 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3G 3M3

IMPORTANT
Do NOT send documents by fax or email. Original signatures are required. OOM will return all original documents by registered mail once you complete the Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) process.

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