The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of over 24,000 members.
OACETT is Ontario's independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists and confers the designations C.Tech. (Certified Technician) and C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist). These designations are recognized across Canada by employers and other engineering professionals. The A.Sc.T. (Applied Science Technologist) designation is no longer conferred but is still used by some OACETT members.
OACETT promotes the interests of engineering and applied science technicians and technologists in industry, educational institutions, the public and government.
OACETT was incorporated in 1962 and legislated under the Statutes of Ontario by the OACETT Act of 1984. The Act established OACETT as a self-governing body with right to title for its members. Later, the provincial legislature passed the OACETT Act of 1998, a revised act that includes a description of work for technicians and technologists.
While the OACETT Act establishes the association as a self-governing body, By-law 19 sets out how the association operates, defining all aspects of its governance. For example, the By-law:
• defines membership and certification requirements
• outlines protocols for terms and duties of the executive, council and chapter representatives
• establishes regional boundaries
• lists rules for dues and fees and administration of the association
The Association’s Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct outline for members of the association the precepts of personal integrity and professional competence.
Engineering technicians and technologists are part of the engineering team that also consists of engineers, scientists and tradespeople. Each performs an integral part of engineering work.
OACETT members are certified in the following disciplines:
The association is governed by a Council of certified engineering technicians and technologists elected by the members. There are 28 local chapters throughout the province of Ontario.
OACETT is a founding member of Technology Professionals Canada.