New Graduate Membership 

If you join the year you graduate, there is a $50, plus tax registration fee and there are no professional fees charged.  New graduates are eligible for a 25% reduction in AAO professional dues, fees and levies in their first calendar year of practice in Alberta after graduation, which increases to 50% in the second year of practice.  This exception does not apply to members who have been employed by a university as a full-time clinical resident, employed as a full-time graduate student or have practiced in any other jurisdiction.

Benefits include (a full benefits guide will be provided with membership):

  • A voice in legislative affairs
  • A listing on the patient Find an Optometrist tool on the AAO webpage
  • Patient information materials and aids
  • Public promotional campaigns, materials and equipment loans
  • Member discounts for personal and professional services
  • Regional meetings and workshops
  • Continuing education opportunities, in-person and online
  • AAO annual general meeting and conference
  • Monthly newsletters that provide current and trending practice and optometry news
  • AAO vision care programs (Eye See. . .Eye Learn™ and Eyesafe™)
  • Online resources
  • Membership with the Canadian Association of Optometrists
  • New Grad Orientation session

For additional information, please contact our Member Services Coordinator at: [email protected]