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    How to JUMP in Optical industry of CANADA ?

    Hello all !
    i'v done Optometry [ 2 year DIPLOMA ] from INDIA in 1994 ,and since then i'm working as a optometrist .
    presently working in Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES for last 12 years for an Retail Optical Company as OPTOMETRIST.
    i just wanna work in CANADA ,my Queastion is ...........How to JUMP in there ? also kindly help me to know, dose my qualification and experience alone makes me eligible to work there in my field or will i have to get some kind of certification to allow me to do my job there ?

    kindly show me The Correct Path................Thanks in ADVANCE !

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    Redhot Jumper existing practitioner coming from a jurisdiction outside of Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by eyemax2manoj View Post
    kindly show me The Correct Path................Thanks in ADVANCE !
    What are the registration and licensure requirements for an existing practitioner coming from a jurisdiction outside of Canada and the United States?

    An existing practitioner from a jurisdiction outside of Canada and the United States must:
    1. Complete the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) at the University of Waterloo.
    2. Apply to the Canadian Examiners in Optometry (CEO) and successfully challenge the Canadian Standard Assessment in Optometry (CSAO) exam.
    3. Apply to the Alberta College of Optometrists, provide all the required documents and complete all the required forms (found on the ACO website).
    4. Apply to the ACO to write the Jurisprridence Exam. This exam can be written after the CSAO exam.
    5. Register with the Alberta College of Optometrists.
    Note: a list of approved schools and colleges of optometry recognized by the Alberta College of Optometrists is available on the ACO website.


    You can see all of it at:

    http://www.directionsforimmigrants.c...ptometrist.htm

    Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO)

    http://www.optometry.uwaterloo.ca/iobp/

    www.ontarioimmigration.ca/english/how_work_optometrist.asp

    www.nilc.org/ciwc/ciwc_ce/AB_540_Qs_As-4.15.02.PDF

    http://newsrelease.uwaterloo.ca/news.php?id=4271

    http://www.collegeoptom.on.ca/


    All of the above should give you plent of information to decide if you want to spend the really cold winters here. :bbg:

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    Based on your current credentials you would not be eligable to work as an optometrist in Canada. Minimum requirement for entrance into the IOBP:

    1. have successfully completed either:
      1. 2 years of university undergraduate courses prior to entering an optometry school and a 4 year optometry degree*,
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      2. a 4 year optometry degree* followed by 2 years of optometric work experience outside Canada


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    sorry eyemax, you would only be entitled to grind lenses in a lab in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Ryser View Post
    What are the registration and licensure requirements for an existing practitioner coming from a jurisdiction outside of Canada and the United States?


    An existing practitioner from a jurisdiction outside of Canada and the United States must:
    1. Complete the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) at the University of Waterloo.
    2. Apply to the Canadian Examiners in Optometry (CEO) and successfully challenge the Canadian Standard Assessment in Optometry (CSAO) exam.
    3. Apply to the Alberta College of Optometrists, provide all the required documents and complete all the required forms (found on the ACO website).
    4. Apply to the ACO to write the Jurisprridence Exam. This exam can be written after the CSAO exam.
    5. Register with the Alberta College of Optometrists.
    Note: a list of approved schools and colleges of optometry recognized by the Alberta College of Optometrists is available on the ACO website.


    You can see all of it at:

    http://www.directionsforimmigrants.c...ptometrist.htm

    Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO)

    http://www.optometry.uwaterloo.ca/iobp/

    www.ontarioimmigration.ca/english/how_work_optometrist.asp

    www.nilc.org/ciwc/ciwc_ce/AB_540_Qs_As-4.15.02.PDF

    http://newsrelease.uwaterloo.ca/news.php?id=4271

    http://www.collegeoptom.on.ca/


    All of the above should give you plent of information to decide if you want to spend the really cold winters here. :bbg:
    many thanks Chris !
    what it seems like ...............starting the Whole journey AGAIN
    better not to go this way..........is there any way i'm Eligible to work as AN OPTICIAN or PARAOPTOMETRIC ?
    if YES ! then what are the JOB RESPONSIBLITIES of the above ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oedema View Post
    Based on your current credentials you would not be eligable to work as an optometrist in Canada. Minimum requirement for entrance into the IOBP:

    1. have successfully completed either:
      1. 2 years of university undergraduate courses prior to entering an optometry school and a 4 year optometry degree*,
        or
      2. a 4 year optometry degree* followed by 2 years of optometric work experience outside Canada
    thanks Oedema !
    and both of i don't have .........so i surrender

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandLord View Post
    sorry eyemax, you would only be entitled to grind lenses in a lab in Canada.
    even not to allowed to SALE EYEWEAR ?
    how about starting the OPTICAL BUSINESS in there ? how's the idea ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandLord View Post

    sorry eyemax, you would only be entitled to grind lenses in a lab in Canada.
    That was what happenend to me when I got to Canada. So I went into wholesae selling frame, had a lab and so forth. There are always ways of staying in a profession you like and make a decent living.

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    How about the US?

    In 27 states it takes nothing to call yourself an Optician. Why nopt think about the good old USA?

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    Redhot Jumper takes nothing to call yourself an Optician...............

    Quote Originally Posted by wmcdonald View Post
    In 27 states it takes nothing to call yourself an Optician. Why nopt think about the good old USA?

    However he is an Optometrist.........................how about that ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Ryser View Post
    That was what happenend to me when I got to Canada. So I went into wholesae selling frame, had a lab and so forth. There are always ways of staying in a profession you like and make a decent living.
    agree :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmcdonald View Post
    In 27 states it takes nothing to call yourself an Optician. Why nopt think about the good old USA?
    ya ! why not !
    but living in HOT n DRY COUNTRY for more then 10 years ..........CANADA attracts !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Ryser View Post
    However he is an Optometrist.........................how about that ?
    OPTOMETRIST !
    yes Chris .........i'm Optometrist for the sake of profession but the fact is If any Optometrist is working for Retail Outlet ,he is involved in many other jobs ,which is infact is not the duty of AN OPTOMETRIST.
    e.g. helping customers in selecting frames,Base selection,order lenses,managing inventory and accounts too.
    optometrist in UAE is different then other part of the world i think !

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    A few months ago, a gentleman dressed in a suit came into my store. He told me he had been an optometrist in another country for 20 yrs and he was wondering if we needed a lab technician. I didnt really understand what he was saying until he told me he would settle for any job.

    Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for the guy and at the same time I kinda feel bad. But there are a lot of people in this country that are over qualified for what they do.

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    eyemax,

    stay in dubai and become my business partner. we can start an internet retailer
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyemax2manoj View Post
    Hello all !
    i'v done Optometry [ 2 year DIPLOMA ] from INDIA in 1994 ,and since then i'm working as a optometrist .
    presently working in Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES for last 12 years for an Retail Optical Company as OPTOMETRIST.
    i just wanna work in CANADA ,my Queastion is ...........How to JUMP in there ? also kindly help me to know, dose my qualification and experience alone makes me eligible to work there in my field or will i have to get some kind of certification to allow me to do my job there ?

    kindly show me The Correct Path................Thanks in ADVANCE !
    why you want to come to Canada you realize how much demand there is for high end product in India dont you?

    i.e Mumbia, Banglore, Delhi, Chandigarh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityconnection View Post
    A few months ago, a gentleman dressed in a suit came into my store. He told me he had been an optometrist in another country for 20 yrs and he was wondering if we needed a lab technician. I didnt really understand what he was saying until he told me he would settle for any job.

    Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for the guy and at the same time I kinda feel bad. But there are a lot of people in this country that are over qualified for what they do.
    Poor Guy !
    many people do this mistake .........before migrating to NEW PLACE ,one should collect all information regarding the PROFESSION they wanna join.
    LIKE ME !

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    Quote Originally Posted by charan View Post
    why you want to come to Canada you realize how much demand there is for high end product in India dont you?

    i.e Mumbia, Banglore, Delhi, Chandigarh....
    why ?
    surely for not the same reason ,many INDIAN are there !
    my reason is.............continuty is BORDAM !

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    Let me guess...you are behind one of the bogus online retailers in Canada
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    eyemax,

    stay in dubai and become my business partner. we can start an internet retailer

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