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Optometrists examine, assess, measure and diagnose disorders and diseases of the human visual system, the eye and its associated structures; provide and prescribe treatment, management and correction; act as consultants to other health care providers; and conduct research and promote education in the visual sciences.


Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO)
#102, 8407 Argyll Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6C 4B2

Call: 780-466-5999
Toll-free: 1-800-668-2694
Fax: 780-466-5969


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act [pdf] and Optometrists Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College perform restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves Optometrists.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of:

  • an approved doctor of optometry degree program
  • Health Care Practitioner CPR certification
  • approved examinations.

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. The required academic training usually takes at least 7 years to complete. For detailed official information about registration requirements, contact the ACO.

Working in Alberta

Optometrists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered optometrists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the ACO.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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