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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?
What is covered in the application fee of $140?
Are there application deadlines?
What are CTTAM's requirements for certification?
How do I know if I graduated from a nationally accredited college program?
How long does it take to receive the results of my application for membership or reclassification?
Can I request a certification classification and discipline of registration?
Who evaluates my credentials?
How are my academic credentials assessed?
How should I describe my work experience?
Who can I use as references?
Is experience considered in lieu of academic credentials?
Does CTTAM require examinations to become certified?
Do I need to have two years of experience in the same company or can I use my experience in previous jobs?
Should I apply for certification or reclassification if I have the minimum requirement of two years of work experience, but I have recently started a new job?
When can I write the professional practice exam?
If I live outside of Winnipeg, where do I write the Professional Practice Exam?
Why did I get an invoice for membership dues when I paid an application fee?
Do I receive a member card and certificate?
I expected to be certified as a Technologist and was certified as a Technician. Why was I accepted as a Technician?
Why have I been asked to complete a Technical Report?
I am a graduate of a nationally accredited Technologist program and I have received the designation of Certified Engineering Technician. Why?
I am a graduate of a 3-year engineering program outside of Canada and my academics have been assessed at the technician level. Why?
What if I do not accept a decision of the Certification Board?
Can I transfer my membership from another province?
If I am certified as a C.Tech., will work experience be sufficient to reclassify to a C.E.T.?
Does CTTAM provide assistance in finding employment?


Who is eligible to apply?

At a minimum, applicants must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have education in a recognized discipline of applied science / engineering technology.

For certification, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, have met both education and the work experience requirements in a recognized discipline of applied science /engineering technology.

Disciplines of registration are listed on the CTTAM web-site.

If you have graduated from non-accredited engineering / applied science technology programs, you are encouraged to do an academic self-assessment by comparing your documented academics to the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) at www.cctt.ca . By reviewing the NTB, you can do a self-assessment to determine if you wish to apply. Nationally accredited programs are listed at www.cctt.ca .


What is covered in the application fee of $140?

The one time, non-refundable application fee that you submit with your application pays for full and comprehensive review of your academic and experience qualifications and the study guide and administrative costs of the Professional Practice Exam. Annual dues are pro-rated in the 1st year for all applicants accepted into membership.


Are there application deadlines?

The Panel of Examiners and Certification Board review files the first and second Wednesdays, respectively, of the months of September, November, January, March and May. New and reclassification applications that are received by the 15th of the month prior to the meetings will be reviewed if the application is complete and the three professional reference questionnaires have been submitted.

Applications can be submitted to the CTTAM office, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.


What are CTTAM's requirements for certification?

CTTAM Certification is dependent on three elements:

  • Academics
  • Work Experience
  • Professionalism

To determine if you have met the CTTAM requirements, refer to the following sections of the web-site: Certification Requirements; Academics and Accredited Programs; Work Experience and References; Professional Practice Exam.


How do I know if I graduated from a nationally accredited college program?

To review nationally accredited programs, go to the CCTT (Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists) website, www.cctt.ca , and click on Accreditation and Nationally Accredited Programs to see if your program was accredited.


How long does it take to receive the results of my application for membership or reclassification?

This answer depends on two factors when you submitted your application and the completeness of your application.

For a complete application the preparation, assessment and follow-up takes approximately eight to ten weeks. However, as the CTTAM Panel of Examiners and Certification Board review applications and accompanying documents at their meetings scheduled for the months of September, November, January, March and May, you may not receive a response for two to five months depending on when you submitted your application prior to those meetings.

Prior to submitting your application, be sure to go through the Checklist on the application form and provide all applicable information that is requested. Sometimes applicants submit incomplete applications or their references do not reply and this delays the process for them. As well, if you graduated from a non-accredited program, more time may be required to complete the academic assessment. Remember, it is your responsibility to provide all the requested information, follow-up with your references, as well as to describe your work experience thoroughly.

You will be notified of the decision in writing and of any other requirements for certification.


Can I request a certification classification and discipline of registration?

No, an applicant cannot request a certification classification or discipline of registration. The Panel of Examiners assigns the discipline based on academics. The Certification Board assigns the classification based on academic and work experience assessments.

Both work experience and academics must be assessed at the Technologist level to receive certification as Technologist. Technician classification is granted if both or either of work experience and academics are assessed at Technician. Associate classification is assigned when the academic and/or work experience requirements do not meet certification requirements.


Who evaluates my credentials?

The Panel of Examiners assesses academics followed by the Certification Board that assesses work experience qualifications and approves membership in the appropriate classification. Both committees are comprised of trained volunteers from CTTAM’s certified membership, appointed by the CTTAM Board of Directors. If required, outside assistance in assessments can be requested by the committees.


How are my academic credentials assessed?

The Panel of Examiners assesses academic credentials against the National Technology Benchmarks.

For graduates of Canadian nationally accredited technology programs, a copy of your diploma and an original or notarized copy of transcript of marks are required.

For other applicants, in addition to your transcript and diploma, it is recommended that you submit a detailed syllabus or course outline from your educational institution to allow the Panel of Examiners to make a fair evaluation against the National Technology Benchmarks. This differs from your transcript of marks in that it should include a detailed description of topics covered in each course/subject of the program, including the hours of related study. If you do not have a syllabus, contact your educational institution for this information and/or discuss the matter with CTTAM’s Registrar.

Original documents that are not in English must be translated and notarized.


How should I describe my work experience?

For certified membership, the Board requires you to provide evidence of attaining a minimum of two years of acceptable, relevant, progressive, accumulated experience, verified by acceptable references.

How you describe your experience is very important. You really need to clearly identify the depth and significance of your professional work by providing your work history and your current detailed job description signed by your supervisor on each page.

When documenting your work history, provide a chronological listing of each employment position with the following:

  • Dates of employment by month/year.
  • Job Title
  • Company name
  • Location.
  • Job Description with detailed technical experience
  • Responsibilities and achievements.
  • Please, do not submit just a copy of your resume, as resumes do not generally provide sufficient technical detail!

The Detailed Current Job Description should include the following:

  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. Indicate the percentage of total time spent on each function.
  4. Specify how you influence or direct the work of others, indicating the numbers and qualifications of people involved.
  5. Describe the manner in which your work is assigned and evaluated.
  6. Describe examples of projects with which you are typically involved and/or relevant information on equipment used, test procedures, etc.

Ensure that each page of your job description and the affidavit on page 2 of the application or reclassification form are signed by your immediate supervisor.


Who can I use as references?

If you are applying certification, you will need a minimum of three references to verify a minimum of two years of applicable technical experience in your technical field of study.

References should be those who can verify your current and past technical experience, preferably registered professionals, such as those with the designations of C.E.T., C.Tech., or P.Eng. One must be your current supervisor. References should be people that you have worked for or with you in some technical capacity. You should have worked with your references for at least six months. Do not include personal references unless you have been formally employed by these people in a technical capacity.

For newcomers to Canada, the three references must be from your Canadian work experience.

Self-employed applicants should forward confirmation in the form of letters from clients, firms, organizations, or persons whom you have done business, particularly those who can confirm the nature and professional significance of the self-employment.

You provide the names and contact addresses for the references and CTTAM mails each of them a Professional Reference Questionnaire.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow-up with their references and ensure that the professional reference questionnaires have been submitted to CTTAM by the reference.


Is experience considered in lieu of academic credentials?

At their discretion, the Panel of Examiners may grant some work experience towards academics. But the majority of the academic assessment will be based on formal academics.


Does CTTAM require examinations to become certified?

All applicants for certification must complete the CTTAM Professional Practice Examination.

In some cases, where applicants have graduated from non-accredited programs or have a non-traditional path of education, the CTTAM Panel of Examines may assign challenge examinations to verify academics. Assessed applicants who have gaps in academics can request a reclassification program for a course of study.


Do I need to have two years of experience in the same company or can I use my experience in previous jobs?

Experience can be accumulated with one or more full- or part-time employers within your discipline. CTTAM counts co-op work experience at 50% of the co-op time worked, up to a maximum of six months.

Should I apply for certification or reclassification if I have the minimum requirement of two years of work experience, but I have recently started a new job?

Ideally, you should delay your application until you have been in your new job for at least six months. It would be difficult for your references from your new job to provide thoroughly completed professional reference questionnaires. In this situation you should ensure that your past work history is described in greater detail.


When can I write the Professional Practice Exam?

You can write the Professional Practice Exam anytime after paying the application fee. Associates are eligible to write the exam at any time. If you are applying for certification, you must write the exam prior to or soon after submitting your application. Without the completion of the PPE, you cannot be certified and use the designation. The PPE registration form is available on the web-site.


If I live outside of Winnipeg, where do I write the Professional Practice Exam?

The exam sittings are scheduled in Winnipeg during office hours and on occasional evenings and Saturday mornings. If you are unable to come into Winnipeg to write the exam, you can arrange for a proctor to supervise you during the writing of the exam in your location. Refer to the instructions on the PPE Registration Form.


Why did I get an invoice for membership dues when I paid an application fee?

The application fee does not include membership dues. After the applicant is sent a letter confirming certification, an invoice for annual membership dues will be sent. Annual dues are pro-rated in the first year of membership.


Do I receive a member card and certificate?

Applicants who are certified as either Technicians or Technologists will receive a certificate. Membership cards are issued only after payment of the current year’s annual certification dues (pro-rated). Associates will only receive an associate card.


I expected to be certified as a Technologist and was certified as a Technician. Why was I accepted as Technician?

For an applicant to be certified as a Technologist, both academics and work experience must meet Technologist standards. Your academics and/ or work experience were assessed at meeting Technician standards. Consult the Registrar for your requirements to become classified as a Technologist.


Why have I been asked to complete a Technical Report?

One of the requirements for certification at the Technologist level is the completion of a technology report. If you graduated from a non-accredited program that has been assessed at the Technologist level, you will be required to complete a technology report to fully meet the academic requirements for Technologist. If you completed a Technical Report in a Canadian college program, you may be able to submit that report for review by the Panel of Examiners. Technical reports completed through work experience in Canada may also be acceptable.


I am a graduate of a nationally accredited Technologist program and I have received the designation of Certified Engineering Technician. Why?

It is most likely that your current work experience has been assessed at the Technician level based on your job description, work history, and questionnaires received from your professional references. Please refer to the profiles of technicians and technologists.

When you have completed at least six months of work experience at the Technologist level, you should apply for reclassification from Technician to Technologist.


I am a graduate of a 3-year engineering program outside of Canada and my academics have been assessed at the technician level. Why?

For CTTAM certification at the technologist level (C.E.T.), your academics from outside Canada must be the equivalent to an accredited 3-year engineering program in Canada or in other words, be equivalent to the National Technology Benchmarks for Technologist in your discipline of study. The National Technology Benchmarks can be found at www.cctt.ca.


What if I do not accept a decision of the Certification Board?

You have the right of personal appeal directly to the Certification Review Board, as outlined in the CTTAM’s Act and Bylaws.


Can I transfer my membership from another province?

For currently certified Technologists and Technicians, CTTAM has transfer agreements with other provincial constituent members of the Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists (CCTT). Applicants wishing to transfer their membership to Manitoba must obtain a transfer form from CTTAM or their current association/society. All membership transfers are subject to the Act, Bylaws and policies of the receiving association.


If I am certified as a C.Tech., will work experience be sufficient to reclassify to a C.E.T.?

Certified Engineering Technicians should consult with the Registrar prior to making application for reclassification to Technologist. Most situations involving reclassification from Technician to Technologist have a requirement for additional academics, such as a Technical Report. Very few Technicians require only work experience to achieve Technologist.


Does CTTAM provide assistance in finding employment?

CTTAM does not provide direct assistance in finding employment. All members can register on the national CTEN web-site - the Canadian Technology Employment Network. As well, CTTAM lists job postings on its website.

If you have any other questions or need clarification concerning the application process, please contact the CTTAM Office at 204-784-1088, fax: 204-784-1084, email: admin@cttam.com We look forward to assisting you obtain the professional designation you deserve and welcoming you as a member of CTTAM.