How to Certify
W.E.S. (World Education Services) ICAP Evaluation Now Required
A W.E.S. ICAP academic evaluation is now required for all internationally educated professionals applying with CTTAM. The applicant must have received a W.E.S. ICAP evaluation prior to applying with CTTAM and is required to provide CTTAM with the W.E.S. evaluation reference number on the application form (Application for Internationally Educated Living in Canada). A W.E.S. course-by-course evaluation report along with the ICAP report which verifies transcripts and documents is required. It is also important to request a second copy of the W.E.S. evaluation report for the "Certified Technicians & Technologists Association of Manitoba" when applying as CTTAM will be able to view the report through W.E.S.
Self Assessment Process
Applicants will be required to do an academic self-assessment by comparing their academic program to the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) at https://www.technologyregistrationscanada.ca/
By reviewing these benchmarks, the applicants can self-assess against the Canadian standards of their discipline to determine if they wish to apply.
Most newcomers who have studied at universities, colleges or institutes in disciplines of engineering or engineering technology, such as, civil, mechanical, industrial, chemical, electronic, electrical, would have academics that are equivalent to Technologist or Technician.If you wish clarification on what academic documentation would be acceptable for certification, you may email the CTTAM Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the CTTAM office at 204-784-1082.
Applicants will be asked to provide a .pdf copy of their original transcripts and diplomas with their on-line applications. A syllabus or course outline would provide additional supporting information to assist in the academic assessment and can be requested if the educational program is not Canadian accredited. If you attended a Canadian educational institution, you can check to see if the program is Canadian accredited by going to www.cctt.ca. Internationally educated professionals are required to provide CTTAM with a W.E.S. (World Education Services) ICAP evaluation report that will provide a Canadian assessment of their education.
Foreign language documents must be translated to English and be notarized.
Work experience is a very important criteria for certification and must be at a technical level appropriate for the designation of Certified Technician or Certified Engineering Technologist.
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 in order to obtain qualified professional references.
The Certification Board reviews the applicant's work history, detailed current job description and professional reference questionnaires to assess work experience and determine the classification.
New applicants must apply on-line using the Technology Registrations Canada website, https://www.technologyregistrationscanada.ca/.Newcomers to Canada should provide more detail in the job descriptions than is normally in resumes. Resumes written in the functional style are not acceptable.
There is an application fee of $140.00.
Applicants will be able to track the progress of their application by logging into their account on the Technology Registrations Canada website.
The submitted applications are reviewed by the CTTAM Panel of Examiners and Certification Board, respectively, at their meetings scheduled for September, November, January, March and May each year.
Applicants who hold diplomas, certificates or degrees from outside Canada are required to provide CTTAM with a W.E.S. (World Education Services) ICAP evaluation which will determine if their education meets the general education requirements for either Technician or Technologist. The Panel of Examiners may request a syllabus or course descriptions and outlines.
The Panel of Examiners will assess and classify academics at the levels of Technologist, Technician or Associate. Applicants who cannot produce sufficient academic documents will not be registered with CTTAM. Applicants should receive the results of their review within 8 to 20 weeks from the date of application.
If the applicant's academics are not sufficient for certification, the applicant may request a recommendation for further studies.
Applicants whose foreign education has been accepted as equivalent to Technologist must write a competency exam to fully meet the requirements for Technologist. For more information on competency exams, click here.
Applicants who do not meet all the requirements for full certification may be granted Associate affiliation or Technician certification and will be advised what steps are required to become fully certified, and what classification they are eligible for. They can provide this information to prospective employers. CTTAM does not provide employment agency services but there is a Careers Section located on the CTTAM website.
Canadian Work Experience
Work experience at the appropriate technical level is a very important factor in granting certification.
Applicants with foreign technical work experience must acquire a minimum of twelve (12) months of relevant technical work experience in Canada to be considered for certification. Foreign work experience of one year or greater can be granted a credit of one year towards the two year relevant technical work experience requirement.
The Certification Board reviews the applicant's work history, detailed current job description and professional reference questionnaires to assess relevant work experience.
Work Experience Documentation
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 claiming Canadian work experience must provide the names, contact information including email addresses, professional designations and business affiliations of at least three (3) persons (preferably C.E.T., A.Sc.T. C.Tech., or P. Eng. Managers or Supervisors ) 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.
The references should have worked with the applicant for a minimum of six months. If you have been in the current job for less than six months, the applicant should delay applying until at least six months of current relevant employment has been attained.
Unless the applicant is self-employed, one reference should be the current and immediate supervisor. If the applicant is self-employed, a letter on company letterhead detailing the services provided by their company must be provided to CTTAM.
The Certification Board may consider applications with only two professional references, providing that the applicant has given an explanation for this situation.