Submitting Documents Required for Registration

(Updated May 15, 2017)

It is a policy of the Registration Committee that an application for registration may remain open at the College for a maximum of 24 months as long as the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence Exam is successfully completed within one year of applying for registration with the College. No applicant may have more than one valid application for registration open with the College at any one time.

You are reminded that, although you have a maximum of 24 months to complete your application, additional timelines related to submitting your application documents to the College are as follows:


No. Registration Document Submitting the Document
1 Application Form and Fee Mail your completed application form and fee to the College.  Answer all questions and be sure to have the application form witnessed and your photo notarized.
2 Diploma(s)/Degree(s) and Transcripts Send notarized copies of your diploma(s)/degree(s) as soon as they are available, and arrange for your educational institution to send the College an official transcript following graduation.
3 Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence Exam Results Only the College of Optometrists of Ontario administers the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence Exam. Following the Jurisprudence Exam sitting, the College will notify you of your results on a “pass” or “fail” basis and put a copy with your application for registration. You must successfully complete this exam within one year of applying for registration, otherwise you will be required to submit a new application form and application fee.
4 CSAO/CACO/OEBC Exam and OSCE Following the CSAO/CACO/OEBC exam and OSCE sitting, exam results are sent directly to each applicant by the Optometry Examining Board of Canada (OEBC) (formerly CEO-ECO). It is your responsibility to submit an official copy to the College. If you successfully complete the exam before applying for registration in Ontario, you must submit a notarized copy of your results.
5 CPIC Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check An official CPIC Vulnerable Sector (VS) check must be sent to the College and must be dated no more than six months before your Certificate of Registration is issued and activated.
6 Certificate of Standing
(if required)
A Certificate of Standing must be sent to the College directly from the issuing body and must be dated no more than six months before your Certificate of Registration is issued and activated. A Certificate of Standing form is available from the College or on the College website (under Resources/Forms). If you are not able to obtain the required documentation, you may contact Ms. Cassia Hudgins at (416) 962-4071, ext. 38, or by email to explore what alternative documentation may be acceptable.
7 If the applicant is a Canadian citizen, proof of Canadian residency in the form of a notarized copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or the applicant’s passport page containing the applicant’s identification information. If the applicant is not a Canadian citizen: permanent residency or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of optometry. Submit a notarized copy of your document. For your Certificate of Registration to be issued and activated, this document must be valid.