Continuing Education

We run Continuing Education programs throughout the year to help Doctors of Optometry enhance their practice and maintain the highest standards of care.


BC Doctors of Optometry Annual Conference and OPTOFAIR
February 25-27, 2017
Hyatt Regency Vancouver

The Association is excited to see everyone at the 2017 Annual Conference & OPTOFAIR. The conference and OPTOFAIR will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver from February 25 – 27, 2017. This conference provides a terrific opportunity to learn, attend relevant Continuing Education (CE) sessions and to connect and mingle with peers.

Register for the Annual Conference

Click Here to Register Online for the Annual Conference
To view the programs or to register with a paper copy via fax or email, click here

News & Updates

Course notes are now available online! Please click here to view and download the course notes.

Please note that all of the Optometric Staff Sessions now have accreditation from the College of Opticians British Columbia


2017 Annual Conference programs

Doctors of Optometry:

Optometric Assistant/Optician:

Why Should You Attend?

Continuing Education Sessions
The conference provides 45.5 hours of available CE sessions for optometrists including COPE-approved credits where you can obtain to a total of 21.5 CE credits. Additionally, the conference provides 28 hours of CE sessions for optometric staff, where a total of 12 CE credits can be obtained.

Invigorate Your Senses OPTOFAIR
This OPTOFAIR, we invite you to sip bubbly drinks and dip treats in chocolate for our Invigorate Your Senses event, while connecting with industry suppliers. The OPTOFAIR will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25.

Ice and Dice Reception
Mingle and connect with fellow doctors, optometric staff, and industry partners at the Ice & Dice Cocktail Reception, a social event on the evening of Saturday, February 25.

Early Bird Prize Draw (Deadline ends January 31)

Register online and pay for the full conference by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2017 for your chance to be entered to win these fantastic prizes:

  • Free 2017 BCDO Membership Fees
    All BCDO general members who register online and pay for the full conference during the early bird period will be entered to win. Please note that CAO fees, public education assessment, and taxes are not included.
  • Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Tracker!
    All optometric staff enrolled in the 2017 Optometric Staff Program who registered online and pay for the full conference during the early bird period will be entered to win. Please note that optometric staff must be in attendance to win.

Both winners will be drawn during the OPTOFAIR on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

2017 Accommodation – Special Conference Rate

The Hyatt Regency Vancouver has extended a special rate of $189 per night for a standard double room. There are also additional room options ranging in price up to $239. These rates do not include taxes. This rate is available until February 8, 2017. When you register online you may make bookings through the site, or you may make reservations directly through Hyatt.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2R7
Phone: 1-888-421-1442 – Quote ‘BCDO’
Website: BCDO 2017 Conference Hyatt Reservations

Parking: Self – $35.57/Night, Valet – $45.74/Night
More Hotel Info:

Special Thanks to our 2017 Diamond Partners




Visit Optocase, an online COPE-approved CE activity affiliated with Queen’s University.



The Continuing Education Fund (the Fund) has been established by the British Columbia Association of Optometrists with funds received from the provincial government under the agreement between the provincial government and the Association signed December 4, 2015.

The purpose of the Fund is to encourage optometrists to maintain and enhance their skills through continuing education by financially assisting optometrists with the cost of continuing education.

Download the eligibility criteria and application form.