The time required for registration as an optometrist varies significantly depending on the circumstances and qualifications of the applicant. North American trained applicants may require as little as 3 months to complete the process of successfully passing the OEBC national optometry exam and being registered by MAO. International applicants will require a longer period - one to five years may be a realistic time range.
Approximate timelines involved in the specific components of the assessment and registration process include:
- approximately 2 months for credential assessment through FORAC;
- up to two years for successful completion of the IGOE Exam (fixed date exam; re-write may be required, one re-write is permitted);
- if required, up to three years for admission to the International Optometric Bridging Program or WOVS advanced standing program;
- if required, 1 year to complete the International Optometric Bridging Program (fixed start dates) or up to three years to complete the WOVS advanced standing program;
- up to 6 months to apply and complete the OEBC national optometry exam (fixed date exam; re-writes may be required);
- 1-2 months for a registration decision from MAO after completed application has been submitted.
Total cost of the registration process also varies significantly depending on the circumstances and qualifications of the applicant.
Approximate costs are as follows:
- minimum of $5,900 for North American trained (ACOE) applicants (plus out-of-province travel to write OEBC exam); OR
- minimum of $12,000 for International applicants eligible to proceed directly from the IGOE Exam to the OEBC national optometry exam (plus out-of-province travel to write the IGOE Exam and OEBC Exam); OR
- minimum of $50,000 for International applicants accepted into IOBP Bridging Two (plus the cost of books, travel, accommodation, etc. to attend the IOBP at the University of Waterloo and to write the IGOE Exam and OEBC Exam), costs of the WOVS advanced standing program are yet to be determined.
Annual membership dues to be registered as an optometrist in Manitoba are $3,500 for full-time/$1,750 for part-time (2019).