Frequently Asked Questions

New Applicants 
 

1.     What are the benefits of being an CTTAM member? 

The primary benefit of membership is certification with CTTAM.  By becoming certified through CTTAM, you will be permitted to use one of two titles: Certified Technician or Certified Engineering Technologist and you will be able to use the designations C. Tech. or C.E.T., depending on your certification.  These designations are recognized by industry and employers and indicate that you are a member of a professional association. A lot of employers require that their employees become certified and will often make this a requirement for job placement and upgrading. Quality based selection is now an important factor in awarding contracts to employers.  Active Certified Members are able to transfer their certification to other provinces in Canada. As a certified member you may also vote in the association's elections, hold office and participate on one of CTTAM's many committees. There are also many discounts on different services available to you as an CTTAM member and access to the CTEN job bank at www.cten.ca

2.     Who is eligible to apply with CTTAM? 

If you have graduated from a technology program or have obtained an applied science degree, you are qualified to apply for certification with CTTAM.  Along with academics, you will need two years of relevant Canadian work experience.  Applicants who have international work experience would need one year of relevant Canadian supervised practice as Canadian references are required.

3.     How is an application submitted to CTTAM? 

All new applicants are required to submit a on-line application through the Technology Registrations Canada website at www.technologyregistrationscanada.ca .  You will be required to set up and account and provide information pertaining to your academics and work experience.  Please contact the CTTAM office at 204-784-1082 or 204-784-1083 if you require assistance with applying on-line.

4.     I'm applying to be certified as a Technician (C.Tech.).   What are CTTAM’s requirements for certification? 

Minimum requirements for certification as a Certified Technician are: 

  • You are a graduate of a 2-year post secondary engineering technician or applied science diploma program or equivalent.
  • You must successfully pass the Professional Practice Exam.
  • You must have two years of relevant Canadian supervised practice. 
  • Internationally educated professionals must have at least one year of relevant Canadian supervised practice as Canadian references are required when applying for certification.  CTTAM recognizes international work experience but one year of relevant Canadian supervised practice is mandatory.

5.     I'm applying to be certified as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.). What are CTTAM's requirements for certification? 

Minimum requirements for certification as a Certified Engineering Technologist are: 

  • You are a graduate of a 3-year post secondary engineering technologist or applied science diploma/degree program or equivalent.
  • You must successfully pass the Professional Practice Exam.
  • You must have two years of relevant Canadian supervised practice. 
  • Internationally educated professionals who academics are accredited and have been assessed at the Technologist level must have at least one year of relevant Canadian supervised practice as Canadian references are required when applying for certification.  CTTAM recognizes international work experience but one year of relevant Canadian supervised practice is mandatory.

6.     I have received acknowledgement of my application. Now what? 

You will be contacted by the admin staff to pay the $140 application fee.  The admin clerk will send out email triggers to your three references and open up the link to the on-line Professional Practice Exam and study manual. You are able to track the status of your application by logging into your account on the Technology Registrations Canada website.  Once all of your references have completed the on-line reference questionnaire and you have written and successfully passed the Professional Practice Exam, then your file will be assigned to a CTTAM examiner to review.  When the review of your file has been completed, you will receive a letter from the Registrar stating that you have been certified at either a Technician or a Technologist.

7.    How long will it take CTTAM to assess my file? 

If you have provided all of the required documentation and have successfully filled out the on-line application, your file will be assigned to a CTTAM file examiner.  Review of your file can be quick as examiners have access to your application on-line.  You can receive notification of the file review within as little as two weeks. You are also able to track the status of your application by logging into your account.

8.    I have paid a fee with my application.  What other fees do I need to pay? 

There is an application fee of $140.  The fee must be paid in order for your application to be processed and reviewed.  Certified Members and Associates are required to pay annual dues.  Failure to pay annual dues will result in your membership lapsing and being suspended.  Annual dues are to be paid in January of each year and it is the responsibility of Members to ensure that the annual dues are paid in a timely manner.

9.    I applied to be certified as a Technician or Technologist. Why was I accepted as an Associate member? 

You were awarded Associate status as at the time of application, you did not meet the requirements for certification such as the requirement of having two years of relevant Canadian supervised practice or writing and passing the Professional Practice Exam.

10.    How do I know that I graduated from a nationally accredited college program?

Not all three-year technology programs are accredited.  You can contact the CTTAM off at 204-784-1082 and talk to the Registration and Member Services Coordinator or go to the
www.cctt.ca or www.technologyaccreditation.ca and check the programs listed under the “Accreditation” tab. If your program of study is accredited at the Technologist level, then with two years of relevant work experience you can be certified as a Technologist (C.E.T.).  International programs of study must be listed under an international engineering accord to be accredited.   Go to www.ieagreements.org and check under the “Accords”.

11.    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 after graduation with a minimum of six months employment at each employer.  Co-op work experience is recognized at 50% of the time worked up to a maximum of 6 months.

12.    Does my work experience from another country count?

Yes, as long as your work experience is in a related field it can count towards fulfilling the two-year experience requirement for certification.  Internationally educated professionals must also obtain one year of relevant Canadian supervised practice in order to meet the work experience qualification for certification as Canadian references are required as part of the application process.

13.    I’m an internationally educated professional.  Why do I need a W.E.S. (World Education Services) ICAP (course-by-course) academic evaluation?

You are required to provide a W.E.S. ICAP academic evaluation as part of the on-line application process as the W.E.S. academic evaluation validates your international education and documents as well as provides a comparison to Canadian education standards.

14.   Can I transfer my membership to another province? 

 Yes, once you are a certified member with CTTAM and your membership is active, you can transfer your level of certification to the new province.  You are required to fill out an Interprovincial Transfer Form and submit it to the provincial association that you wish to transfer to.  There is also a transfer fee that is applicable.

15.   What is a self-assessment?

As part of the on-line application process, you will be required to do a self-assessment.  The self assessment is a detailed inventory of your achievements both in academics and experience against national standards of competencies needed to become registered and certified as either a Technician or Technologist.  There is information about national benchmarks/competencies available at
www.cctt.ca under the “Benchmarks” tab. 


Reclassification

1.    I am a graduate of a 2-year engineering technician or applied science program (currently registered as a C.Tech.) and want to be a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.).  What do I need to do?

As C.Tech., you can challenge a competency exam and if you receive a passing grade, you can complete the process of re-classing to a Technologist (C.E.T.) by submitting a competency summary that has been signed off by your immediate supervisor.  Competency exam sessions are held quarterly and there is a charge associated with writing the exam.  For more information on competency exams, go to www.cttam.com, “Registration”, “Exam Resources”.

2.    Is there a fee for a reclassification of my membership status? 

Yes, if you are a Certified Technician and wish to reclassify to a Certified Engineering Technologist, there is an application fee required to be paid.


Reinstating Your Membership 

1.    I let my membership with CTTAM lapse. How can I become an active member again? 

If your membership has been inactive for more than five years, you will be required to apply on-line through the Technology Registrations Canada website as new/current information is required.  If it has been less than five years you may reinstate your membership.  You will need to contact the CTTAM office at 204-784-1082 for information on re-instating your membership.