Delivery Method: In-class or online
Duration: 55 weeks, including a 10-week practicum
Start: April and October
Wages: Up to $25/hour with the potential to earn up to $80,000/ year
Regulated By: National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR)
Credit Transfer (Articulation): Graduates are granted transfer credits toward BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma. Upon completion, they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
Regional Lab Locations: Surrey

About the Career

Opticianry is one of the three “O’s” of eyecare. The other two are Ophthalmology and Optometry. A Licensed Optician is an eyecare specialist. They advise, design and produce optical products such as eyeglasses, contacts, low-vision and specialized products. Licensed Opticians are one of 25 designated health professions regulated under the Health Professions Act in B.C.

As an Optician, you’ll find opportunities for employment in:

  • Optometry clinics
  • Optical stores (independent or chain)
  • Ophthalmology offices
  • Optics labs
  • Independent business offices
  • Product sales sector

About the Licensed Optician Program

Through a combination of theory, practice (labs), and application (practicum), you will be extensively trained in eyeglass dispensing, contact lens fitting and automated refraction. Beyond the technological skills, emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication, customer service and professional practice.

Our program is accredited by the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) and our graduates are well-prepared to take the national licensing exams.

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisites:

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent, or mature student status*
  • English 10 minimum or equivalent*
  • Any Math 11 with a grade of “C-“ or higher or equivalent*
  • Passing verbal test of English if English is an additional language or equivalent*
  • Completion of Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

* Entrance requirements can be met with evidence of alternate assessments such as challenge exams, or acceptable standardized English equivalency tests as per the Stenberg College language proficiency chart. Evidence of post-secondary studies at an equivalent level where English was the first language is acceptable.

Program Courses

Post-Graduation Pathways

This program has an articulation agreement with BCIT. Graduates of our Optician program are granted access to BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Business Management.

Upon completion of Stenberg’s Optician program, with an additional 8 months full time at BCIT, you can acquire an Advanced Diploma in one of Canada’s largest business schools, obtaining skills and experiences that will prepare you for next step in your career.

Credit Transfer to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Stenberg College Licensed Optician Diploma

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55 Weeks Full-Time

BCIT Advance Diploma in Business Management

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8 Months Full-Time

BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

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1 Year Full-Time

Articulation to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

After completing BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Business Management, students have the option to enroll in BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and complete their degree in one year.

Learn more about the Stenberg-BCIT Pathway.

Our Faculty

Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar. 

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