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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

I work at multiple dispensaries. Can I obtain a duplicate Licence to Practise?
No. Duplicate Licence to Practise cards will not be issued for use at a secondary dispensary. If you work at more than one location, you must carry your certificate to the secondary location and either wear it or have it prominently displayed there.
If I require a new Licence to Practise card, will the Opticians of Manitoba (OOM) issue me a replacement?
OOM will issue a replacement registration certificate under these circumstances only:

Change of Name
You must return your original Licence to Practise card and provide government issued proof that you have legally changed your name and pay a printing fee for the new card

Lost or Damaged
You must sign an affidavit to assure that the Licence card was lost or damaged, and pay a printing fee for your new card.

If I require a new registration certificate. Will the Opticians of Manitoba (OOM) issue me a replacement?
OOM will issue a replacement card under these circumstances only:

Change of Name
You must return your original registration certificate and provide government issued proof that you have legally changed your name. You must return your original certificate to OOM and pay a printing fee for the new certificate.

Lost or Damaged
You must sign an affidavit to assure that the registration certificate was lost or damaged, and pay a printing fee for your new certificate.

I employ an Optician(s). What do I need to know?
Any individual practising Opticianry must be registered and licensed with the Opticians of Manitoba (OOM). Licensed Opticians are required at all times to wear  their official, Licence to Practise card. It must not be expired. They may also display their registration certificate with the seal supplied by OOM indicating their status as currently registered with OOM, if they wish.

It is a good idea to check with the OOM office when you hire a new optician to ensure that they have met all of the requirements to remain licensed and legally practise opticianary in Manitoba. The OOM Registrar will tell you if there are any restrictions on your employee’s Licence to Practise.

It is illegal to practise Opticianry in Manitoba without a current, valid Licence. When OOM receives information that an individual who is not licensed and registered as an Optician is performing the act of dispensing eyeglasses, contact lenses or low-vision aids contrary to The Opticians Act, OOM will take action with the Manitoba Courts against any unauthorized practice.

See Legislation for more information of interest to employers.

Can I transfer my MOC credits from another province to Manitoba?
No. When you transfer to Manitoba, register and become licensed in Manitoba your MOC requirements will be the same as that of a newly graduated optician in Manitoba who is licensing for the first time (Maintenance of Competency Handbook). You start fresh. If you wish to appeal your circumstance you may do so however by writing to the OOM Registration Committee of Good Standing must include a summary of the MOC credits that you have banked in that province. These credits will be transferred.
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