The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a written program designed to demonstrate a non-North American trained optometrist’s current clinical knowledge and judgement. The PLA consists of approximately 280 multiple-choice questions related to the scope of optometric practice in Canada. While the format of the PLA resembles an examination, results are not provided on a pass or fail basis. Instead, participants are provided with a profile of their strengths and weaknesses across the scope of practice of the profession.
PLA Table of Specifications
For more specific detail regarding the PLA topics, please refer to PLA Table of Specifications.
The Competency-Based Performance Document also provides detail regarding the general abilities, competencies and the associated elements required of optometrists in Canadian practice.