Don’t be caught off guard…
Your registration renewal and payment are due by December 1st each year. On December 2nd we will apply a 10% late penalty to all outstanding accounts. Don’t wait to register; it is fast and easy thanks to online renewal. (If you are having trouble opening this link please ensure you clear your browsing history by going into your settings).
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!
|Type of Registrant||Total Annual Fee Due Dec 1 (includes GST)|
|Registered Opticians (RO)||793.24|
|Registered Contact Lens Practitioner (RCLP)||186.32 (+RO Fee = 979.57)|
|Provisional Contact Lens Practitioner||186.32 (+RO Fee = 979.57)|
** These fee amounts will change if you are reinstating or changing your license between now and December 1, 2018. Please contact the office for the amount.
** All fees include GST 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: Failure to submit a completed renewal of registration form or payment by ACAO deadline of December 1st will result in the late penalty of 10%. 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.
For 2019, Registered Opticians will be required to pay $793.24.
Seniors (65+) pay ½ fees, for a total of $396.63.
Registered Contact Lens Practitioners
Registered Contact Lens Practitioners pay RO plus RCLP fees.
For 2018, Registered Contact Lens Practitioners will pay $793.24 + $186.32 for a total of $979.57.
Seniors (65+) pay ½ fees, for a total of $489.79.
If you need to transition to Non-Practicing, your fee will be $310.55. Fees are prorated quarterly, should you wish to return to your practice at any point during the year.
Tip: If you know that you are going to transition to non-practicing part way through the year (for example, maternity/parental leave), please call the office as far in advance as you can and we may be able to give you a reduced rate.
Unfortunately, we do not give refunds.
All provisional opticians applying for a full year will pay full RO fees, totaling $793.24. April graduates who apply for provisional will pay prorated fees for a total of $396.63. The provisional fee you pay in April is a fee to assure supervision until the NACOR exam. After you pass the exam, this fee automatically transfers you from provisional to licensed optician for the rest of the year.
Provisional Contact Lens Practitioners
Provisional Contact Lens Practitioners applying for a full year will pay full RCLP fees, which include RO fees, for a total of $979.57. April graduates who apply for provisional will pay prorated fees of $93.17 upon graduation. The provisional fee you pay in April is a fee to assure supervision until the NACOR exam. After you pass the exam, this fee automatically transfers you from provisional to licensed optician for the rest of the year.
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 (2019)
||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 10+|
|Eyeglass and Contact Lens||$1,101.76||$1,212.80||$1,306.09||$2,199.39||$2,662.92|
** Reinstatement fees shown above are before GST. These fees include the reinstatement fee and the annual registration fee.
Seniors 65+ years: no reinstatement fees for return to practice within 2 years of retirement.
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 $131.25 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
Your 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 if the necessity arises. We keep prices down by going paperless whenever possible, and by taking care of as many projects as we can in house.