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Work Experience and References

Work experience requirements for certification include a minimum of two (2) years or 24 months of relevant and 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 relevant and dicipline related 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.

Applicants with foreign technical work experience must acquire a minimum of twelve months of relevant technical work experience in Canada to be considered for certification. The foreign work experience can provide a credit of one year towards the two years of relevant work experience requirement.

The Certification Board reviews the applicant’s work history, detailed current job description and professional reference submissions to assess work experience.


Work Experience Documentation

For the Certification Board to complete the work experience assessment the applicant must provide:


Professional References

As part of the on-line application process, applicants are required to provide the names, full mailing addresses, email addresses, professional designations and business affiliations of at least three persons (preferably C.E.T., C.Tech., or P.Eng.) who have a good knowledge of their character, capabilities and technical work experience in Canada. It is not mandatory that all three references have designations. However, at least one reference should have a professional designation.

It is recommended that the references have worked with the applicant for a minimum of six months. If the applicant has the required two years of work experience but has been in the current job for less than six months, the applicant should delay applying until at least six months of current employment has been attained.

Unless the applicant is self-employed, one reference should be the current and immediate supervisor.

The Certification Board may consider applications with only two professional references, providing that the applicant has given an explanation for this situation.

All three on-line professional reference submissions must be completed before the Certification Board will review the application. It is the obligation of the applicant to follow-up with their references to ensure that they are completed. All information is strictly confidential between the reference and the Association.

Applicants who do not have the required work experience, such as recent graduates or newcomers to Canada without Canadian technical work experience, are not required to  provide professional references.


Work History

Applicants applying for certification are required to attach a work history on the on-line application form. The work history must include the name of the applicant and the applicant's current work history even though it is contained on the current job description signed by their supervisor.

All applicants, except for recent graduates of technology programs, are required to include their relevant work history. Immigrants are required to include foreign work experience.

The work history should follow the format of a chronological listing of all current and past technical work experience and should include for each employment position:

  • Dates of employment (month/year)
  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Company Address
  • Duties & Responsibilities
  • Detailed Technical Experience
Graduates of technology programs that included co-op work experience should indicate which jobs were co-op positions. Co-op work experience can be assigned a maximum of six months work experience towards the total requirement of 24 months of relevant work experience.

Resumes generally are not written in a style to provide sufficient information about technical work history. It is recommended that a work history be submitted as outlined above.


Detailed Current Job Description

Applicants applying for certification must attach a detailed current job description to the on-line application form.  It is important that the applicant's name be on the job description.

A job description describes the duties and responsbilities of a position from the company's or employer's point of view.  If a job description is too vague, an examiner may request further clarification of the applicant's duties and responsibilities.

The Detailed Current Job Description follows the following outline:

  1. Job Title, Department, Company, Location, Supervisor's Title & Name, Date of Appointment.
  2. Describe the various functions of the job in order of importance.
  3. Specify how you influence or direct the work of others, indicating the numbers and qualifications of people involved.
  4. Describe the manner in which your work is assigned and evaluated.
  5. Describe examples of projects with which you are typically involved and/or relevant information on equipment used, test procedures, etc.

ImportantEnsure that each page of your job description is signed by your immediate supervisor.


Profiles for Technicians & Technologists

The detailed CCTT approved profiles for Technician and Technologist can be found at Profiles for Technicians and Technologists or detailed on the comparative chart between Technicians and Technologists.