Programs & Courses
BCCO’s curriculum has been examined as part of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) accreditation process, together with industry input. It contains all the learning competencies required to work both as a Dispensing Optician and as a Contact Lens Fitter.
BC College of Optics offers accessible, caring instructors who are expert in the fields of Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lens Fitting.
BC College of Optics is centrally located with direct access to either SKYTRAIN’S ‘Surrey Place’ or ‘King George Blvd’ Stations, while also an easy vehicle commute from almost anywhere in the Lower Mainland of BC.
BCCO graduates can enter the workplace after only six (6)-months, much earlier than their public College Diploma optician counterparts, and can therefore expect to earn more than $30,000-$45,000 in real wages before their two (2)-year public College Diploma optician colleagues begin to earn their first paycheck.
BCCO is a small school, with overall average class size of only 13-14 students.
While all public College opticianry programs require certain Humanities and/or Liberal Arts credits as part of their Diploma programs, BCCO’s Certificate program stays focused on teaching opticianry subjects exclusively.
BC College of Optics has an intensive and well monitored practical component. This enables the graduate student to work with confidence in the opticianry field in both dispensing and contact lens fitting. To receive Canadian Licensing the graduate student must then complete a Prior Learning Assessment sponsored by the province’s College of Opticians and then proceed to the Licensing Examinations or may work unlicensed under the supervision of an Optometrist.