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Certification Exams

The designation OC(C) is granted to candidates who meet established standards for entry to practice knowledge and clinical skills in Canada.

The Canadian Certification Exams are held annually. To be eligible for the exams you must be a graduate from an accredited Canadian Education Program, an International Orthoptist who has completed the PIFO bridging program or an International Orthoptist who has applied for eligibility through the Admissions and Training Committee.

The certifying process consists of a multiple choice exam held in May, followed by an oral examination held in June. Candidates must successfully pass all components to be eligible for certification by the COC. These exams are offered in both English and French.

The examination material is based on the Canadian National Orthoptic Competency Profile and the Canadian Orthoptic Syllabus and ensures that all certificants have the knowledge and skills to practice safely and effectively in Canada.

Canadian certified Orthoptists may be eligible to port their credentials for practice in the United States. Please contact the American Orthoptic Council for further information. 

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