CE for CCOAs

A Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) certificate is valid for three years. To maintain the CCOA designation, 18 hours of Continuing Education credits, including CPR, must be submitted every 3 years (fee applies). Failure to maintain current CCOA status forfeits the legal right to use the CCOA designation, and the certificate is no longer recognized.

CAO maintains the right to determine acceptable topics for Continuing Education (CE), which may include any competency linked to scope. Subject matter should be generic, rather than a product specific sales pitch. Educational office meetings will not count as acceptable CE if provided by in-house ODs. Attendance at Optofairs, exhibit halls, and tradeshows will not be accepted as CE credit.

CAO Online CE Courses

  • Refractive Eye Surgeries (2 hrs)
  • Dry Eye Management (3 hrs)
  • Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents (2 hrs)
  • Ocular Surgery (3 hrs)
  • Ultraviolet Light and the Human Eye (3 hrs)

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CE Credit for CCOA Workstation Coaches

Each year, the CCOA team hires workstation coaches to assist with the CCOA program workshops. Coaches are compensated and given 5 hours of CE credit. Learn more and access the application form here.

Additional Continuing Education Courses

Online CE is also available from:

Prospective CE courses for CCOAs

Organizations interested in offering accredited CE courses to CCOA may submit:

  • The course outline, handouts, or PowerPoint file.
  • The credentials of the speaker(s). This may take the form of a resume, biography, or curriculum vitae.
  • The expected course date(s) and city/province(s).

to Danielle Paquette, CCOA Program Manager, at dpaquette@opto.ca for approval, which takes one to two weeks, and requires provision of proof of attendance for CCOAs.

Courses are approved for three year periods, after which they must be re-approved using the procedure outlined above.