Advanced Procedures Certificate Course

Enhance your knowledge and skills in laser procedures commonly used to treat anterior segment disease and minor surgical procedures commonly used for eyelid lesions. The didactic program is split into two parts, Part I (6 hours of asynchronous modules) and Part II (18 hours of synchronous live lectures) take place virtually, and Part III (12 hours hands-on workshops) will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. See program details (below) for more information. Faculty for this course administration include expert licensed practitioners Drs. Richard Castillo and Sophia Leung, optometrists trained in these procedures and a licensed family physician.

Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate in minor surgical procedures and anterior segment laser procedures plus 36 hours of COPE* CE credits (refer to your practicing jurisdiction as to whether the skills taught in this course fall under your optometric scope of practice).


Spring 2024 dates  

  • Online self-directed pre-modules – access begins mid-March and due by Thursday, April 25, 2024 – 6 hours CE credits 
    • Access to online self-directed modules opens approximately six weeks prior to the due date. 
  • Virtual live lectures (on Zoom) – April 26-28, 2024 – 18 hours CE credits 
  • Hands-on lab-based workshops and review session (Waterloo, ON) – May 10-11, 2024 – 12 hours CE credits 
  • Exam – Monday, May 13, 2024 (online, must be completed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET) 


  • $2,130 plus HST
    • Includes full course registration, suturing kit for practice (provided during the labs-based workshops), and attendance at a social/mixer dinner in Waterloo for Friday, May 10
    • Optional: any course registrants wishing to bring a guest will have the option to purchase a Welcome Dinner Guest ticket for $50 (limit one per registrant)
    • Preferred rates at a local hotel will be shared after registration (by March 31)

Registration requirement: an OD degree from an ACOE-accredited institution and/or a Canadian licensed optometrist in good standing.

*COPE accreditation pending; application for COPE accreditation for all 36 hours of this course must be submitted annually.


Interested in joining us but unable to attend our next offering? Add yourself to the waitlist and you will be one of the first to know when the next year’s dates are set and registration is open!

Program details

Advanced Procedures Certificate Course - Framework (pdf)

Part I: Self-study pre-modules

Part II: Virtual live lectures

Part III: Lab-based workshops

Part IV: Exam

  • Online and self-paced - approximately 1-2 hours to complete

Course content includes:

  • Oculofacial biopsy analysis
  • Suturing techniques
  • Minor surgical techniques & applications          
    • Suturing
    • Injections
    • Radiosurgical
  • Advanced anterior chamber assessment
    • Advanced gonioscopy
    • Anterior seg imaging
  • Laser techniques & applications               
    • General lasers
    • YAG capsulotomy
    • Laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI)
    • Laser trabeculoplasty (ALT, SLT)

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