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 the Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science Advanced Standing program before they can challenge
the national optometric board examination, the Canadian Assessment in Competence in Optometry (OEBC exam).
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 Optometry Examining Board of Canada exam, 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)
- 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
- If your program is deemed equivalent, you will be allowed to
write a test called the Internationally Graduated Optometrist Evaluating Examination (IGOEE). Results from this test will then be used by FORAC to determine if you are eligible to apply for the Advanced Standing Program at the Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. A score below a certain threshold will mean
you will not be eligible to apply for the Advanced Standing Program.
- Complete the Advanced Standing Program at the Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science.
- Successful completion of the Canadian Assessment in Competence in Optometry (OEBC exam).
- 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; Internationally Graduated Optometrist Evaluating Examination fee; the Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science Advanced Standing program enrolment fee; Canadian
Assessment of Competence in Optometry exam(OEBC exam) fee; and any fees associated
with the general application such as transcripts fees.