Work Experience and References
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.
Applicants with foreign technical work experience must acquire a minimum of twelve months of technical work experience in Canada to be considered for certification. The foreign work experience can provide a credit of one year to the two year work experience requirement.
The Certification Board reviews the applicant’s work history, detailed current job description and professional reference questionnaires to assess work experience.
Work Experience Documentation
For the Certification Board to complete the work experience assessment the applicant must provide:
- The names and contact information for three professional references
- A work history of technical work experience
- Detailed current job description signed on each page by the applicant’s immediate supervisor.
Applicants are asked to provide the names, full mailing addresses, professional designations and business affiliations of at least three persons (preferably C.E.T., A.Sc.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.
CTTAM will mail Professional Reference Questionnaires to the three references. All three completed professional reference questionnaires must be returned before the Certification Board will review the application. It is the obligation of the applicant to follow-up with their references to ensure that the completed questionnaires are returned to CTTAM. 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, do not provide professional references.
Work history is Part B of the application form. The work history must be outlined on a separate page with a heading of Part B - Work History and the name of the applicant.
All applicants, except for recent graduates of technology programs, must complete Part B - Work History. Immigrants would 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,
- Job Description,
- Detailed Technical Experience,
- Responsibilities and/or achievements.
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.
A well-described work history is very critical for applicants who have been in their current position for less than two years.
The detailed current job description is Part C of the application form. The detailed current job description must be outlined on a separate page with a heading of Part C – Detailed Current Job Description and the name of the applicant.
The Certification Board recommends that applicants write a unique job description that describes their work rather than using a company job posting description. In most cases, the company descriptions are too general and do not provide sufficient technical detail from which to make a fair work experience assessment.
The Detailed Current Job Description follows the following outline:
- Job Title, Department, Company, Location, Supervisor's Title & Name, Date of Appointment.
- Describe the various functions of the job in order of importance.
- Indicate the percentage of total time spent on each function.
- Specify how you influence or direct the work of others, indicating the numbers and qualifications of people involved.
- Describe the manner in which your work is assigned and evaluated.
- 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.
Profiles for Technicians & Technologists
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.
Engineering / Applied Science Technician
A technician generally uses a practical approach based on a detailed understanding of the field of technology being practiced. Many of the duties of the technician are similar to that of a technologist and other professionals but typically only in a very selective area of specialization.
While some duties of the technician may be similar to skilled craft or trades persons, these duties would not normally be of a routine nature and would only apply to sophisticated equipment or processes. A technician is bound by a professional code of ethics.
The technician may:
- examine assignments, objectives and instructions to select procedures and actions for resolving the assigned problem;
- assist in the design of equipment or systems, assist in the interpretation and preparation or modification of specifications, technical drawings or instructions, prepare estimates and supervise phases of major projects;
- conduct tests, build prototypes or models, operate pilot plants, trouble-shoot equipment, resolve production or construction problems, compile data and reports;
- supervise phases of construction projects, inspect construction projects, conduct tests, surveys or prepare estimates for construction activities;
- install, calibrate, maintain, trouble-shoot, repair or supervise the repair and installation of equipment processes or products;
- provide support for operations activities including supervision of operations or operation-related activities such as quality assurance, production control and maintenance;
- provide support in laboratory environments by conducting experiments, conducting tests or servicing complex equipment in support of research and development, quality control or academic activities;
- supervise, train, and coordinate the activities of others.
Engineering / Applied Science Technologist
A technologist approaches the solution of problems in applied science and engineering technology with a comprehensive understanding of a specific field of technology. A technologist is bound by a professional code of ethics.
The technologist may:
- evaluate assignments, establishes objectives, defines problems, and decides upon procedures and actions for their accomplishment or resolution;
- design equipment, processes or systems, interpret and prepare specifications, technical drawings or instructions, prepare estimates and manage projects;
- specify tests, conduct non-routine tests, develop prototypes, operate (larger) pilot plants, troubleshoot complex equipment, resolve production or construction difficulties, compile experimental data and prepare reports;
- supervise, train, coordinate, and assume administrative responsibility for the work of others;
- participate in short and long range planning; and
- carry out studies, make calculations, prepare or develop programs, provide instructions and implement projects.