All Orthoptists practicing in Canada must have certification from the COC.
Entry to Canadian Orthoptic education programs requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited Canadian university or an international equivalent. The programs are 24 months of intensive academic studies and concurrent clinical experience guided by a national curriculum and competency profile. Canadian Orthoptic programs are accredited by Accreditation Canada under their EQual program for Health Education (https://accreditation.ca/assessment-programs/health-education-accreditation/programs/).
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The Canadian Certifying Exams are offered annually and consist of a written exam in May followed by a two part oral exam in June. More details can be found here.
International Orthoptists looking for information on practice in Canada are directed here.