CTTAM Certification is dependent on three elements:
- Work Experience
Academic requirements must be in compliance with the National Technology Benchmarks that are the main accreditation and certification tool for the Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists (CCTT) provincial members.
Engineering technology or applied science programs that are accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) meet the academic requirements of the National Technology Benchmarks. As a result, accredited programs do not require academic assessment by the CTTAM Panel of Examiners. Current and past accredited engineering technology programs are listed at www.cctt.ca
Applicants who are graduates of non-accredited technology programs would have their academics reviewed by the Panel of Examiners to determine if the program meets the general and discipline-specific National Technology Benchmarks. To adequately assess non-accredited programs, the Panel of Examiners may require a syllabus or course descriptions and outlines. If the academic program does not meet the benchmark for either technician or technologist, an academic reclassification program for further studies can be requested.
Applicants of non-accredited programs are encouraged to perform a self-assessment of their academics by comparing their documented academics to the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) at www.cctt.ca. By reviewing the NTB, applicants can self-assess against the academic standards of their discipline to determine if they wish to apply.
Work experience requirements for certification include a minimum of two (2) years or 24 months of acceptable technical experience as determined by the Certification Board. The two years of work experience must include:
- At least six (6) months of experience at a level consistent with the certification level that is to be granted, either Certified Engineering/Applied Science Technician or Technologist.
- At least one year of work experience in Canada.
For graduates of technology programs that included a co-op component, the co-op work experience can provide a maximum of six months work experience to the total requirement of 24 months.
The Certification Board reviews the applicant’s work history, detailed current job description and professional reference questionnaires to assess work experience and determine the classification.
Although Canadians use the terms 'Technician' and ‘Technologist’ generally to describe many different occupations, Engineering/Applied Science Technicians and Technologists are very distinct individuals. These are the people who, through a high degree of specialized training may use, test, repair, design, analyze and problem solve in a broad range of applied science and engineering areas. They are employed in a vast range of economic sectors, from manufacturing to telecommunications.
To learn more about the differences between Technicians and Technologists refer to the detailed CCTT approved Technician & Technologist Profiles.
Certified members must be of good character and are bound by the CTTAM Code of Ethics and Bylaws and The Certified Applied Science Technologist Act.
The professional reference questionnaires completed by the applicant’s references contain questions to aid in the assessment of good character by the Certification Board.
All applicants for certification must complete the CTTAM Professional Practice Exam. The purpose of this exam is to ensure that certified members are familiar with the CTTAM Code of Ethics and Bylaws and the Certified Applied Science Technologist Act.
Unethical conduct reflects adversely on all certified technicians and technologists. One distinguishing feature of any profession is that membership in that profession entails an ethical obligation to temper one’s selfish pursuit of economic success by adhering to standards of conduct that could not be enforced either by legal fiat or through the discipline of the market.” Ethical decisions are not always obvious or easy. Ambiguity, incomplete information, points of view and conflicting objectives can make an ethical decision difficult. Written standards, codes of ethics and a well developed decision making process make ethical decisions easier.