STEP #2 - Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) - Practice Permit
Complete and submit the ACO Practice Permit Application (www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca/PDF/Practice-Permit.pdf or click the link below) and the required ACO Practice Permit fee.
- Fill out the “Application for a Practice Permit”
- Submit appropriate payment fee ($550 if you register in the same year in which you graduated; $1100 when you register in any year other than your graduation year)
- You are required to submit your Liability Insurance coverage on the Practice Permit.
- BMS Canada Risk Services (BMS Group) is the new and exclusive broker for the Canadian Association of Optometrist (CAO)'s member insurance program. BMS Group replaces Harvard Western Insurance (Western Canada) as the official broker for member professional liability insurance policies.
BMS Group is a Lloyds of London Broker with a Canadian operation (BMS Canada Risk Services) focused exclusively on delivering practice insurance products to association members. With a team of Canadian experts, BMS Group designs and manages insurance programs that are most advantageous for associations and members. CAO joins several other national healthcare associations as a member of the Healthcare Professionals Insurance Alliance (HPIA)-a speciality Alliance under the BMS Group umbrella. CAO members will benefit from increased value and improved services, including an online renewal process, extended coverage, specialized legal protection, practice risk management tools, and significantly enhanced customer service, while maintaining affordable premiums now and into the future.
Members will also benefit from access to new business coverage, including Commercial General Liability insurance and Clinic/Business Package insurance, designed specifically for the optometry profession and exclusive to members of CAO.
To learn more about the CAO Insurance Program or to purchase coverage, please contact a BMS program representative at 1-844-517-1371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Once all information is received at the ACO office and all fees are paid, an official notification will be sent to Alberta Health Care Practitioner Registry and the Alberta College of Pharmacists informing them of your status. You may not practice until all steps have been completed and appropriate notifications sent.
The ACO will process all forms and fees, and send you out your certificates and License … then you are officially a Licensed Doctor of Optometry in Alberta!