The Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program (PVTAP) is a 12-18 month program which offers foundational training for optometrists and vision therapists. The course, offered in conjunction with the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry (ACBO), features education which is suitable for optometrists and prospective vision therapists who are new to the area of vision therapy while still enriching those who have previous educational experience.

Candidates will learn the basics of what is vision, what is vision therapy, and what is a vision therapist, before spreading into topics of vision & learning, vergence, accommodation, amblyopia and strabismus. Workshops will also feature hands-on learning of vision therapy activities and when these tools are appropriate to use with patients. Graduates will have an understanding of both strabismic and non-strabismic binocular dysfunctions, vision-related learning problems, therapy activities appropriate for the diagnoses and programming of vision therapy.

The program features online education, three in-person, weekend-long workshops, three written assignments, a site-visit to a local vision therapy clinic, a presentation and written examination. The workshops are currently offered in Ontario and British Columbia throughout the year. Graduation occurs at the COVT&R AGM in August of each year. Once completed, the graduate will have earned the designation, PVT. This will be featured on the “Find-a-Dr” locator tool on the COVT&R website. Yearly continuing education in the area of vision therapy and/or neuro-optometric vision care and maintenance of your COVT&R memberships are required to maintain your accreditation. It is strongly recommended that optometrists and vision therapists attend together so that you both learn and grow together in the “same language”. Both the vision therapist and supervising optometrist must be active COVT&R members to enroll.