The ACAO is seeking volunteers to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and collaborate with the ACAO’s Education Committee on the review and development of continuing education for members. This is a great opportunity to use your expertise and experience to contribute to the education and continuing competency of opticians across Alberta.

Role Description

Education SMEs will work directly with the Education Committee to review and update existing continuing education courses, as well as to propose and help develop new continuing education content based on an evaluation of member needs.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for this role will vary depending on the course content under review or development, but volunteers should have sufficient flexibility to commit to completing quarterly tasks for the review and development of course materials and to attend committee meetings if requested. No travel is required for this role.

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

Education SMEs should have at least five years of professional experience as an RO and/or RCLP, and have strong organizational/planning competencies and technical expertise. Previous experience in developing or delivering education content would be considered an asset.

Eligibility Requirements and Application

Members applying to serve as SMEs must be registered members of the ACAO in good standing. To apply, please complete the volunteer questionnaire below and submit your responses to Kalen Hussey at

Volunteer Questionnaire

1: Describe your experience in relation to education or professional development.

2: What interest you about this volunteer role and do you have any specific areas of interest in relation to education or professional development?


Volunteer Subject Matter Experts are eligible to claim a flat fee of $25/course review or development assignment. In addition, volunteering as an SME may help to fulfill one of your SMART goals for your annual Quality Assurance requirement.


Dean Thompson, Chair of the ACAO Education Committee