Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant's Program

The Certified Canadian Optometric Assistant Program (formerly the OA Course) is a CAO member benefit. The remote self-study program is open to optometric assistants employed by a CAO member optometrist. 

CCOA 2014/2015

Current Student Course Material

What are the program benefits?

Benefits for your practice:

  • Improved employee  engagement
  • Better patient service and satisfaction
  • More knowledgeable staff
  • More efficient clinic

For Assistants:

  • Better client relations
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication
  • Improved problem solving
  • Better engagement at work
  • More self-confidence

The CCOA program is also cost effective. With better engagement you reduce the expense of turnover.

Your practice will see:

  • Better staff retention
  • Increased productivity
  • Efficiency as staff work to scope
  • Strong knowledge retention and transfer
  • Improved time management skills 

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Workshop Information

The workshop is an integral component of the Full Course curriculum.  Assistants benefit from experienced instructors delivering in-depth review of critical concepts from each course Module. The  workshop is designed to meet the training needs of those who are new or more experienced in optometric assisting. More information

What is an Optometric Assitant?

Optometric Assistants (OA’s) assist the optometrist in the delivery of eye health care services. In a typical optometric setting, an OA will see a vast array of patients from all walks of life; infants, children, men, women, seniors, able-bodied and disabled. The OA must be able to respond effectively to each patient’s needs, and to deliver care in a professional, efficient manner. The OA will have exceptional interpersonal, communication and time management skills. More information

CCOA Renewal Process

The certification period is three years.  To renew certification, documentation of 18 hours of approved continuing education (CE) and a CPR course taken during the three-year period must be received by CAO by December 31 of the renewal year. More information