OACETT will be the foremost organization for advancing the engineering and applied science technology profession.
OACETT is dedicated to excellence in the engineering and applied science technology profession in a manner that serves and protects the public interest.
OACETT is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of approximately 24,000 members and a 54-year history of certification in Ontario. 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 was legislated under the Statutes of Ontario by the OACETT Act of 1984. The Act recognizes OACETT as a professional body whose main objective is to establish and maintain high standards for the profession of Engineering/Applied Science Technology. In December 1998, the provincial legislature passed the OACETT Act of 1998. The revised act includes a description of work for technicians and technologists, giving members more recognition for the work they do.
OACETT is Ontario's independent certifying body for engineering/applied science technicians and technologists. The certifying arm of OACETT is the Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario (IETO). IETO's panel of expert members evaluates applications and registers engineering/applied science technicians and technologists who meet recognized national standards in education and experience.
OACETT confers the designations C.Tech. (Certified Technician) and C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist). These symbols of achievement in engineering/applied science technology are legally protected for use by certified members. The designations are recognized across Canada by employers and other engineering professionals.
The association's affairs are governed by a Council of technicians and technologists elected by the members. Members are encouraged to participate in the volunteer aspects of the association.
Although OACETT has strong ties to government, it is not a government organization and does not receive public funding from the province. OACETT activities are primarily funded through annual membership dues which are income tax deductible.