There are two ways to become an optician in Canada. You must have either graduated from a Canadian optical program and passed the national examination(s), or you must have completed a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process and passed the national examinations.
What is PLAR?
PLAR stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
What is the purpose of PLAR?
The purpose of PLAR is to evaluate your current level of knowledge and skills to see if they are equivalent to a recent graduate from a Canadian optical program.
Which Provinces Use PLAR?
All provinces except for Quebec use PLAR. For information on how to become licensed as an optician in Quebec contact the Ordre des opticiens d’ordonnances du Quebec. Following is a link to their website https://opticien.qc.ca/
Who needs to complete PLAR
Anyone that has not graduated from an accredited Canadian Optical program must complete PLAR to become licensed as an optician.
Who is eligible to complete PLAR?
Candidates who have received formal training outside of Canada will have their training evaluated to see if it is equivalent to the training of a recent graduate from an accredited optical program in Canada. In some provinces candidates can also have their work experience evaluated to see if it is equivalent to the experience of a recent graduate from an accredited optical program.
Follow this link to the NACOR for complete information and requirements needed as a PLAR candidate. https://nacor.ca/what-is-plar/