In 1984, the predecessor to BC College of Optics was registered and regulated by British Columbia’s Ministry of Education, Apprenticeship Branch. Holding classes in a 600 square foot facility, our school soon outgrew its surroundings and moved to larger premises in 1988. At that time, the only other method of obtaining training in Ophthalmic Dispensing or Contact Lens Fitting in British Columbia was by a distance-learning program administered by the Dispensing Opticians Association of BC (DOABC). In 1995, a two (2)-year public College Diploma opticianry program was established at Douglas College.
In 1996, formal licensure in both Dispensing and Contact Lens Fitting became a requirement in British Columbia and a new regulatory College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) was formed to regulate this profession. By October 1998, BC College of Optics received its first formal Accreditation through the Ministry of Advanced Education. In 2004 Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) took over the responsibility of regulating private career training in BC, and in January 2004 our school moved to larger premises…to its present location to its present location of #208- 10070 King George Blvd, Surrey, B.C. V3T 2W.
BC College of Optics is also a member of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). NFOS is an organization of North American opticianry schools dedicated to the advancement of formal education in opticianry.