Optometric Assistants: CCOA Program

The Optometric Assistant Course (OA Course) is a CAO member benefit. The remote self-study program is open to optometric assistants employed by a CAO member optometrist. The OA Course registrant must remain employed, be supervised and mentored by a CAO member optometrist. The majority of the training and practical skills development will occur in the clinic setting.

There are two options for OA Course registration:

1.    The Full Course program provides comprehensive training for the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) designation.   The 11-month course term begins each November. Registrants of the Full Course program are required to;

  • submit all 4 Modules with assignments by the indicated due date
  • complete the Practical Skills Checklist
  • attend a regional workshop for review of critical OA Course concepts,
  • write the CCOA Examination
  • Achieve an overall grade of 75% to obtain certification

2.    The Individual Module program is geared toward registrants who wish to register for one module of the course at any time of the year.  Registrants of the Individual Module program will complete;

  • One module with assignment
  • corresponding Practical Skills checklist

Full CCOA Program information: www.opto.ca/oa

To maintain certification, the CCOA is required to obtain 18 hours of approved continuing education, including 4 hours of CPR training every 3 years.