Become a Supervisor

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Did you know student opticians practice under the supervision of Licensed Practitioners?

All students need Supervisors in order to practice in their field. Without the help of qualified volunteers, the next generation of Opticians would not have the edge that we want to provide them by offering the chance to work as Opticians right away.

Who can be a Supervisor?

Registered Opticians, RCLPs, Optometrists, and Ophthalmologists, can register with the College and help student opticians as they study as they start their Optical careers.





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What does a Supervisor do?

A Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the student correctly performs the duties and responsibilities of an Optician.


Given that students are still enrolled in their program and have not challenged the NACOR exam yet, they cannot work alone in the field. Until they can demonstrate through the exam that they are qualified for Registration, a supervisor must watch and guide them through each part of the job.


  •  If a student measures Seg Height, the Supervisor should either also measure, or watch carefully to confirm that they have done it correctly.
  • If a student is adjusting a frame, the Supervisor should double check just to be sure that it has been adjusted properly, and demonstrate how to make corrections if needed.
  • A Supervisor should be on hand to answer questions; additionally, they must be attentive enough to address any errors in the way the student performs their job.



A Great Opportunity

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It sounds like a lot of work; is it worth the effort?

You will be a mentor to an Optical Science enthusiast. As a matter of fact, students are excited to get out into the field and start using their skills;  and with the right guidance, they can excel.

With your knowledge and experience, you have the opportunity to help someone flourish into the kind of Optician you want to work with. Here is your chance to take someone under your wing and guide them.

Along the way, you may find that supervision keeps you sharp; it may challenge you to perform tasks that you do not use often. At the same time, through teaching you can hone and perfect your own skills, and improve your practice for yourself.


Earn CE Credits…

If you are a Licensed Optician, you will be eligible for 2 Continuing Education credits per student (maximum 2 students per year) per year from the ACAO. Each Supervisor is responsible for completing and sending in the supervisor form(s) for credit with the College. Once you have completed the supervisor form, please send it to us via fax (780-426-55-76) or email.

Practicum or CO-OP Students…

If a student is completing their practicum or co-op in Alberta from another province, they will need to be under supervision as well. If you are supervising a student from another province, please submit a Practicum or CO-OP supervisor form.