Delivery Method: Online
Duration: 55 weeks, including a 10-week practicum
Start: April and November
Wages: Range between $25-$35
Regulated By: National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR)
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Articulation - Direct Pathway (Post-Graduation): Graduates are eligible to apply for the BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma. Upon completion, they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
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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 26 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

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.

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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. This program prepares students to successfully complete NACOR’s national licensing exams while studying in Canada.

Stenberg’s Optician Program is a National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) accredited program.

Our Optician program is run in collaboration with Vancouver Community College’s Optician Diploma. Vancouver Community College is a public post-secondary institution with its main campus located in downtown Vancouver. Their Optician program is delivered at Stenberg’s campus in Surrey.

Admission Requirements


  • Completion of Grade 12 or 19+ years of age
  • English 10 or meet IELTS requirement as stated below
  • Math 11 (minimum grade C-) or recognized equivalent from home country

Language Proficiency Requirements:

  • Overall IELTS Academic Test score* of 5.5 with no component less than 5.5. 
  • Advanced Entry: Overall IELTS Academic Test score* of 6.0 with no component less than 6.0. 

*Must be within the last 2 years.

Program Courses

Post-Graduation Pathways

Stenberg College’s Optician graduates program are eligible to apply for the Advanced Diploma in Business Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), one of Canada’s largest business schools.

Articulation - Direct Pathway (Post-Graduation)

Stenberg College Licensed Optician Diploma

55 Weeks Full-Time

BCIT Advance Diploma in Business Management

1 Year Full-Time

BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

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 apply for BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and complete their degree in one year.

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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