2019-2020 Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) Report
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) offers world class accreditation services and is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive the highest quality education which meets the standards of Canada's engineering technology and applied science profession.
In late 2019, TAC reached an agreement with Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) to acquire all Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredited programs. At the same time, five new members, Certified Technicians & Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM), Island Technology Professionals, TechNova, Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, joined TAC. As a new member, Ken Mills, C.E.T., was appointed to the TAC Board of Directors and, as CTTAM Registrar, Bob Okabe, C.E.T., sits on the Standards Council. The first combined TAC Board meeting was held on February 1, 2020.
2019/2020 Key Accomplishments
- 9 programs TAC accredited, bringing the total to 167 accredited programs (76 TAC, 91 CTAB)
- 37 TAC applications received from CTAB accredited programs (includes 9 from Red River)
- Added 39 auditors (including 18 CTTAM members) for pool of 131 trained auditors
- Standards Council approved recommendations in Standard Development Steering Committee’s report on key issues affecting educational standards
- 5 year comprehensive review of National Accreditation Components (accreditation standards) and accreditation process in progress
- Graduate Banner added to “value of accreditation” promotional toolkit and distributed to TAC and CTAB accredited programs
CTAB Accredited Program Transition
All CTAB accredited programs, including those at Red River College, were contacted by January 2020 to discuss transition of their accreditation to TAC. Programs were overwhelmingly positive with the move to TAC.
Red River Accreditations
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Electronic Engineering Technology
- Architectural Engineering Technology
- Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology
Site visits to be conducted in 2021
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Structural Engineering Technology
- Environmental Engineering Technology
- Municipal Engineering Technology
- Geomatics Technology
Waiting for program contact to determine accreditation schedule
Ongoing impact from Covid-19 is being managed through various measures. A number of projected program audits have been pushed forward into 2021, 2022 and 2023 with several program accreditations managed through extensions. Site visits have been transitioned to be conducted virtually and the additional auditors as discussed earlier should result in an easing of the backlog over the next year.