New or Returning Applicants
If you are a new or returning applicant wishing to register for the first time, please visit the page on our website that applies to you:
If these categories do not apply to you, please contact our office and we will help you through the application for registration process.
The ACAO recognizes the challenges many members have faced as a result of COVID-19. As a result, the ACAO Council will not be increasing member dues in 2021. The 2021 renewal cycle will open earlier on September 1, 2020, and members will have the option to pay their fees in monthly installments.
All ACAO members are now required to complete their renewal online through their My ACAO Profile.
Simply login to your profile using the username and password provided to you by the ACAO and complete the step by step renewal process.
Your registration renewal and payment for 2021 are due by December 31,2020.
Registration opens September 1st. Early Bird Registration runs from September 1st to October 31st, and will automatically enter you into a draw for cash prizes!
Once you have applied and paid your fees, you will be a registered member of the College from January 1st to December 31st every year.
We no longer send registration letters to you in the mail
We are conscious of our environmental footprint, and we aim to reduce costs whenever possible. Sending registration letters in the mail takes a toll on both. In addition, occasional delivery issues may prevent you from receiving your forms on time.
We now send a renewal reminder to each member through email in September each year. For your benefit as well as ours, we will also try to remind you periodically through social media, newsletters, and the website to ensure that you are given ample opportunity to register on time.
You must have insurance to register
Each optician must have one million dollars of Errors and Omissions Insurance in order to register.
You are responsible for ensuring that your insurance coverage is full and up to date, and by completing your online renewal, you are also promising the ACAO that you have E&O Insurance.
E&O Insurance may be provided by your employer, or you can register for membership with the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) which includes Professional Liability Insurance.
What is Errors and Omissions Insurance?
Errors and Omissions Insurance (E&O) is a professional liability insurance that protects you from “lawsuits for damages claimed by a third party, resulting from a professional error or omission or negligent act” committed while you were practicing as an optician.
For more information about E&O insurance through the OAC, visit the membership benefits page on their website.
Criminal Record Check
You must complete a criminal record check to register
On April 1, 2019 new legislation, Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients was enacted.
As a result of this new legislation, all health care practitioners in Alberta are required to submit criminal background checks to their Regulatory College’s. A criminal record check is required to process ALL new applications in Alberta.
What is Bill 21?
Bill 21 aims to protect patients from sexual misconduct and sexual abuse, increase survivor supports, and require more transparency from regulatory colleges.
The Alberta government introduced the legislation to ensure Albertans are safe when accessing health care services. The new law applies to all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act.
To reflect the severity of these actions, there will be a permanent cancellation of a practitioner’s practice permit when a hearing tribunal finds a regulated member’s actions constitute sexual abuse.
When a hearing tribunal finds a regulated member’s actions constitute sexual misconduct, a health professional’s practice permit will be suspended.
Click here for more information on Bill 21.
Registering for the first time? Just need to jog your memory after a year? We recommend that you watch our Registration Renewal video, which lays out the steps to registration in an easy to follow format: