RESOURCES - ACO Standards of Practice
As a precondition to becoming a regulated member of the Alberta College of Optometrists, an optometrist must have already met the required registration competencies and be competent to practice in accordance with the Standards of Practice.

The Registration Committee of the Alberta College of Optometrists determines the licensure standards for the profession of Optometry in the Province of Alberta.

The Alberta College of Optometrists determines the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice, which are then published as a general description of the fundamental professional activities undertaken by an optometrist in the provision of optometric services.

The Standards of Practice are divided into three skill categories and provide the basis by which a regulated member’s competency may be measured.

The Alberta College of Optometrists also publishes Guidelines, which more specifically describe the expected actions to be taken by a member when complying with the fundamentals of the Standards of Practice. Advisories are also produced and circulated to all regulated members.

The Standards of Practice, Guidelines and Advisories are reviewed and revised on a regular basis to reflect evolving changes occurring within the profession and in the health-care field.

The Alberta College of Optometrists website contains downloadable PDF files. Please make sure you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader installed on your system.

> Click here to download the ACO Code of Ethics.
> Click here to download the ACO Standards of Practice.
> Click here to download the Guidelines to the ACO Standards of Practice.

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