Association Membership Matters

In order to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador you must register with the NLAO and the College of Optometrists as well.

We also mandate membership in CAO, the national organization. CAO works to help you become more successful in your practice. From advocating on your behalf with government, educating the public, developing research and practice guidelines, working to modernize the insurance industry, and providing opportunities for networking, we are here to serve you.

CAO Membership, allows you to contribute and connect with colleagues from across the country through events, education, conferences, publications, research and networking. For more information visit

Become A Member!

How Do I Become A Doctor Of Optometry?

Doctors of optometry require seven to eight years of post-secondary education to obtain their professional designation, Doctor of Optometry (OD).

Educational requirements typically include:

  • A minimum of three years of undergraduate education, preferably in the sciences;
  • A four or five year university program in optometry, accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education;
  • Upon completion of the course in optometry, the graduate is required to satisfy provincial board requirements in the province or territory in which they intend to practice. This process also includes a national examination administered by the Optometry Examining Board of Canada. Licensure by the provincial or territorial governing body is required. These requirements ensure the public receives the highest standards of optometric care.

Optometric Education

There are two schools of optometry located in Canada: