Competency Exam Requirement for Technologist
New applicants who have completed a Canadian non-accredited engineering technology program or foreign program that have been assessed by the Panel of Examiners as equivalent to Technologist academics will now be required to write a competency exam and submit a competency summary to achieve the Technologist academic classification.
Applicants who have applied to CTTAM prior to May 15, 2017, will be given the option of submitting a technical report or writing a competency exam.
Applicants will be informed of the competency exam and competency summary requirement in writing after their application has been assessed by the Panel of Examiners.
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What is a Technical Report?
The Technical Report is the final academic requirement for applicants seeking registration as a Technologist with CTTAM. A Technical Report is also referred to as an applied science research project.
The subject of the report may be a design, a test, the selection or development of a process, or a significant piece of equipment. The report should show an attempt to solve an engineering problem in a practical manner and must be related to the individual's discipline of study and if applicable, work experience. It should utilize engineering technologist level mathematics and engineering/applied science fundamentals appropriate to the subject matter to show a clear indication that the writer understands the subject and can analyze at the technologist level.
A Technical Report has no fewer than 3,000 words but normally has between 4,000 - 6,000 words in the main body.
The Purpose of a Technical Report
The purpose of a Technical Report is to assess the candidate's ability to effectively state and solve an engineering or applied science problem, utilizing the breadth and depth of knowledge acquired by a Technologist.
To achieve National Accreditation status, engineering or applied science technology programs must show that graduates for all technology disciplines complete an acceptable Technical Report. As a result, all applicants for membership/certification who have been assessed at having Technologist equivalent academics from a non-accredited technology program must complete a Technical Report to achieve a Technologist academic classification with CTTAM.
Technical Reports are assessed by the Panel of Examiners for academic purposes only and a passing grade does not endorse or evaluate any conclusion.
The Process for Completing a Technical Report
The process is as follows:
- The applicant submits a synopsis or proposal for the Technical Report to the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Panel of Examiners approves the synopsis.
- The applicant submits the Technical Report within one year of the synopsis approval.
- The Panel of Examiners reviews the report and gives it a grade of pass or fail.
Applicants with a grade of pass will achieve the academic equivalent of Technologist and will be encouraged to apply for reclassification to Certified Engineering Technologist upon achieving the required work experience. Applicants with a grade of fail will be provided with an evaluation containing suggested improvements and be allowed to re-submit. Reports that are considered to be greatly deficient will not be allowed the opportunity to re-submit.
Members or Applicants may Discuss with the registrar other options for completing the Technical Report Requirement.
For more information about the Technical Report, review the Guidelines for Writing a Technical Report.
Contact the CTTAM Registrar at email@example.com if further information is required.