Following graduation, BCCO graduates must apply for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR). The PLAR process consists of a computerized, multiple-choice optical test, followed by a regulatory College interview. PLAR usually takes place about 1-4 months after application, and once successful the applicant is advanced to NACOR National exams in Dispensing and Contact Lens Fitting. PLAR costs about $1300.00. But when you consider that you will graduate a fully qualified Optician and can earn 18-months of optical wages compared to graduates of a 2-year public College program, this cost for PLAR is very reasonable. Graduates may also forgo provincial licensing if they choose to find employment in an Optometrist’s retail optical store.