Foreign Trained Applicants
All those looking to apply for a license to practice optometry in
Prince Edward Island who were not trained at an institution or program
accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)
are considered Foreign Trained Applicants.
Foreign trained applicants must have their credentials assessed and
undergo a Canadian optometric bridging program before they can challenge
the national optometric board examination, the Canadian Assessment of
Competence in Optometry.
The Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authority of Canada (FORAC)
handles the process of assessing Foreign Trained Applicants for the
PEICO. If you are a Foreign Trained Applicant and wish to practice in
Prince Edward Island, you must first go through the FORAC process and
once completed and you have successfully completed the Canadian
Assessment of Competency in Optometry, you may apply for license with
Information on the process is clearly laid out on the FORAC website
at www.forac-faroc.ca and also in the Applicant Guide to Credential
A summary of the steps in the FORAC process are as follows (visit the website for full details):
- Contact the PEICO to ensure you are clear on the procedure
and also to clarify any other documents you may require when you have
completed the FORAC procedure.
- Review University of Waterloo optometry course descriptions
and prerequisites at
https://uwaterloo.ca/optometry-vision-science/courses#course. It is
against this curriculum that your education will be compared. If after
comparing your education to the University of Waterloo, you feel that
your degree is comparable, you should consider applying for credential
- Obtain a World Education Services (WES-ICAP) credential
evaluation report. Details regarding this can be found on the FORAC
- Confirmation of English proficiency test is required if your
optometry degree program was not completed in English. WES will
confirm the language of your program and advise FORAC. Testing
requirements can be found on FORAC’s website.
- Complete the application for credential assessment. This
application includes 8 items, all of which must be received before the
application is considered active and begins to be evaluated. The items
are clearly listed on the FORAC website. One of the items is the
assessment fee of $850 + HST = $960.50 in Canadian Funds.
- If your program is deemed equivalent, you will be allowed to
write a test called the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
Results from this test will then be used by FORAC to determine which
International Optometric Bridging Program at the University of Waterloo
you qualify for, if either. A score below a certain threshold will mean
you will not get the opportunity to advance to a bridging program.
- Complete the International Optometric Bridging Program at the University of Waterloo.
- Attempt the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry
and if successful, apply for licensure with the PEICO using either the
Application for New Graduates or Application for Transferring
Optometrists, whichever fits your situation.
Fees associated with the whole process are mainly incurred outside of
the FORAC assessment fees and you should contact each individual
provider for their current fees. These fees include: WES credential
assessment; Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition exam fee;
International Optometric Bridging program enrollment fee; Canadian
Assessment of Competence in Optometry exam fee; and any fees associated
with the general application such as transcripts fees.