New Member Registration

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:

Opticians from Other Provinces
International Candidates
Provisional Opticians (Canadian Graduates) 

If these categories do not apply to you, please contact our office and we will help you through the application for registration process.

Annual Member Renewal

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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.

We’re here to help. If you have any difficulty with your online renewal, please contact the office at 780-429-2694 or general@acao.ca and we can help you with the renewal process.

Registration Renewal Period

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Registration opens October 1st and ends on December 1st of each year. Early Bird Registration runs from October 1st to October 31st, and will automatically enter you into a draw for cash prizes!

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.

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.

Online Renewal Reminders

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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.

Errors and Omissions Insurance

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Errors and Omissions (Professional Liability) Insurance

NEW! ACAO is pleased to announce a new and exclusive member insurance program for Opticians in Alberta.

The ACAO Liability Insurance Program offers comprehensive insurance coverage at a competitive price. More information can be found here

BMS also offers a Legal Support Program to all members. For more information can be found here.

How to apply:

We are excited to announce that members are now able to purchase insurance coverage through a secure, online platform here: online portal

If you have any questions or would prefer to speak with a broker, please contact BMS at  opticians.insurance@bmsgroup.com or call 1-844-200-7159.

You are responsible for ensuring that your insurance coverage is up to date and offers a minimum coverage limit of one million dollars. The new ACAO program meets and exceeds all provincial requirements, with market-leading coverage features at a cost-effective price.

E&O Insurance may also be provided by your employer, or you can register for membership with the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) to access their insurance program. Please note that insurance policies, coverage, and restrictions vary between insurers and programs. Please contact BMS is you have any questions about the new ACAO program and how this coverage compares with other policies.

What is Errors and Omissions (Professional Liability) Insurance?

Errors and Omissions (Professional Liability) Insurance (PLI) protects you against liability or allegations of liability for injury or damages that have resulted from a negligent act, error, omission, or malpractice that has arisen out of your professional capacity as an Optician or if a complaint is made against you to your regulatory body. PLI protects Opticians by ensuring that your legal defense is coordinated and paid for if a claim is made against you. Your PLI also covers the cost of client compensation, or damages.

More information about the new ACAO Liability Insurance Program can be found here or speak with a broker at BMS at 1-844-200-7159 or opticians.insurance@bmsgroup.com.

 Criminal Record Check

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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.

Watch our Registration Video

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: