importantYour registration renewal and payment are due by December 1st each year. Don’t wait to register; it is fast and easy thanks to online renewal.

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Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration runs from October 1st to October 31st, and will automatically enter you into a draw for cash prizes. Register during this period and you could potentially win back some of your fees!

Don’t miss the deadline! Members who renew between December 1st – December 31st are subject to a 10% late fee. Members who renew after December 31st are subject to reinstatement fees.

Table of Fees


Type of Registrant Total Annual Fee Due Dec 31 (includes GST)
Registered Opticians (RO) $809.11
Registered Contact Lens Practitioner (RCLP) $190.05 (+RO Fee = $999.16)
Non-Practicing (NP) $316.76
Provisional Optician $809.11
Provisional Contact Lens Practitioner $190.05 (+RO Fee = $999.16)

Transfer Fee: Past members of the ACAO who are returning their license to Alberta from another province must pay A $50.00 transfer fee.

Failure to Renew License: If a registration form or payment is not received by the ACAO by January 1st, suspension will result.

When registering after you’ve been suspended, the Reinstatement fee and annual fee will apply. We are no longer mailing out receipts; Income Tax receipts can be downloaded from your online profile.

Reinstatement Fees

If you are not registered for the current year by December 31st, you will be automatically suspended and will be required to pay reinstatement fees in order to resume practice.  Suspension of outstanding accounts takes place on January 1st of each year.

Reinstatement Fees (2020)
Year 1
Year 1-2 Year 2-5
Eyeglass $1,011.39 $1,213.66 $1,618.22
Eyeglass and Contact Lens $1,248.95 $1,498.74 $1,998.32

** Reinstatement fees shown above include GST. These fees include the annual registration fee.

** Members reinstating after 5 years of suspension are required to complete the Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) process.

Seniors 65+ years: no reinstatement fees for return to practice within 2 years of retirement.

Other Fees

Assessment of Non-Accredited Education & First Time Applicants

Types Total Fee Including GST
Document Assessment Fee 225.75
PLAR/GAP Administration Fee (out of country) 682.50
PLAR/GAP Administration Fee (return to license) 420.00

Transfer Fee (Returning to Alberta)

We require a transfer fee of $52.50 for past members of the ACAO who are returning their license to Alberta from another province. This price includes GST.

Application Fee (New Member)

New Members will need to pay an additional $315 application fee on top of their regular amount. This is a one time cost that enables new members to be included into our system, and does not need to be repeated upon registration renewal.

Payment Options

While completing your online renewal, you will be asked to choose your method of payment from a drop down list that includes:

MasterCard or Visa

If you choose to pay with MasterCard or Visa you will provide your credit card information during the online renewal process. Your receipt will be sent automatically as an attachment in the registration/renewal confirmation sent to the email you provide during your online renewal. You can print duplicate receipts from this email as needed.


If you choose to pay using E-Transfer, you will still submit your renewal online then complete your E-Transfer through your bank. Please send payment to: Your security question should be: What is my password? Your answer must be the password you use to log in to your My ACAO profile. We will mail an official receipt after we have received and processed your payment.

Cheque/Money Order

If you choose to pay by cheque or money order, you will still submit your renewal online, make your cheque or money order payable to: College of Opticians of Alberta and mail in your payment to: 201, 2528 Ellwood Drive SW, Edmonton, AB T6X0A9. We will mail an official receipt after we have received and processed your payment.

NSF Cheques

We will charge $52.50 for bounced cheques. This price includes GST.

Income Tax Receipts

We will email receipts to members with a confirmation of their registration/renewal. You can print duplicate receipts from this email. If you do not receive your receipt or cannot access your email and need a duplicate, please call the office at 780-429-2694. A charge of $10.00 may apply to print duplicate receipts.

Please note: members who choose to pay by cheque or money order will not receive their receipt via email. We will mail an official receipt after we have received and processed your payment.

Where Your Fees Go

Hands Holding FlowerYour fees come back to serve you

The Alberta College and Association of Opticians is a non-profit organization. We use your contributions to run the College office, the board of directors, and the events offered periodically through the year.

Additionally, we maintain a monetary safety net to cover legal costs associated with complaints and disciplinary hearings. We keep costs down by going paperless whenever possible, and by taking care of as many projects as we can in-house.