Certification is the process of verifying that you meet the required standards of education, work experience and conduct to be registered as a Certified Technician (CTech), an Applied Science Technologist (AScT), Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or Registered Technical Specialist (RTS). Only certified and registered professionals have the right to use the applicable reserved title and abbreviation after their name.
The standards used to determine if your knowledge, skills and abilities are adequate for certification as a CTech, AScT or C.E.T. are established by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Standards for certification as an RTS are established by the applicable provincial association.
Certification and Registration
Certification is the process of verifying that you meet the required standards of education, work experience and conduct to be registered as a certified technician (CTech) or an applied science technologist (AScT) or a certified engineering technologist (C.E.T.).
Registration is the action taken by the Registrar of the provincial association to enter the name of certified applicants in the official register of technicians and technologists. The register is accessible to the public, employers and government departments as a valued source of information on the professional status of technicians and technologists. Only registered technicians and technologists have the right to use the reserved title and abbreviation after their name.
Registration as a Certified Technician (CTech) requires graduation from a one or two-year program of studies in an applied science or technology discipline.
Registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) or as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) require graduation from a two or three-year program of studies in an applied science or technology discipline.
Other education or formats of learning may be considered as equivalent qualifications when compared to the competency-based certification standards.
Certification and registration as a technician or a technologist requires a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an applied science or engineering technology occupation or practice.
Work experience outside of Canada may be included if relevant to the discipline and category of certification for which you are applying.