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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 write a Competency Exam?
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 a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and 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 website.

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 a full and comprehensive review of your academic and experience qualifications as well as for the study guide and administrative costs of the Professional Practice Exam.  Annual membership 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.

New applications can only be submitted on-line through Technology Registrations Canada, www.technologyregistrationscanada.ca, but those active Members who are re-classing from either an Associate or a Technician, can submitt their applications in person at the CTTAM office, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. (Please note summer hours posted on CTTAM's homepage).


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 an application assessment and follow-up, it takes approximately eight weeks. The CTTAM Panel of Examiners and Certification Board review applications and accompanying documents as they are submitted on-line, but if further information is required, your application may not receive a response until the required information is received, uploaded to your on-line application and reviewed by an examiner.

Applicants sometimes submit documentation that is insufficient or incomplete or their references have not completed the reference requirements. This can delay the application process. Also, 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, and 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 status 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 who 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.


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 Canadian graduates of non-accredited technology programs, 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.

Internationally educated professionals are required to provide CTTAM with a W.E.S. ICAP evaluation reference number on their on-line application.

Uploaded 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 (It is important to included your current work experience as well)
  • Job Title
  • Company name
  • Location/Address of Company
  • 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 reference must be your current supervisor and they do not have to be certified or a P.Eng. Two of the references should be people that you have worked for or with you in some technical capacity 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 relevant 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.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow-up with their references and ensure that the professional reference questionnaires have been completed on-line.


Is experience considered in lieu of academic credentials?

The majority of the academic assessment will be based on formal academics.  Applicants can write a competency exam to validate work experience at the Technologist level if their academics have been assessed at only the Technican level.


Does CTTAM require examinations to become certified?

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

Those applicants who have graduated from non-accredited programs or have a non-traditional path of education have the option of writing a competency exam to validate their work experience and knowledge.


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 references. 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. In order for your application for certification to be approved, you must have written the exam. Without the completion of the PPE, you cannot be certified and use the designation. The PPE registration form is available on the CTTAM website.


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 Saturday mornings. If you live outside of the City fo Winnipeg and 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.  Please 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 and current year stickers 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.  Contact the Registrar for your requirements to become classified as a Technologist.


Why have I been asked to complete a Competency Exam?

One of the requirements for certification at the Technologist level is that a competency exam must be written and passed. If you graduated from a non-accredited program that has been assessed at the Technologist level, you will be required to write a competency exam to fully meet the academic requirements for Technologist.


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. Competency exams are now available for those Technicians wanting to reclass to a Technologist.   Technicians who are required to submit a Technical Report can now challenge a exam instead of submitting a technical report.  A Competency Summary must also be provided if an exam is challenged and passed.  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.