OACETT works to ensure that government and employers continue to recognize the skills and training of certified members through government regulations, employer demand and membership growth.
OACETT works with government to advocate that regulations and legislation include technicians and technologists where appropriate. A number of regulatory initiatives now include certified members.
Many employers recognize the value of certification and want to hire certified engineering technicians and technologists. They use the online job board for technology professionals (www.cten.ca). Many also indicate in newspaper job listings that they require certification. OACETT’s salary survey shows that half of all members’ employers will pay the membership fees for their employees.
OACETT also fields requests from employers who wish to certify their employees. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OACETT collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to design a certification program for technicians and technologists in road construction. This successful road construction certification program continues to recognize the experience and education of these members with special designations.
OACETT developed three designations for members to demonstrate their skills in these areas. Each designation has specific requirements, combining education and practical experience. The designations are:
rcca (road construction contract administrator)
rcsi (road construction senior inspector)
rcji (road construction junior inspector)
This program is significant because it’s the only mandatory certification program for engineering technicians and technologists. Firms and individuals bidding on Ministry of Transportation Ontario projects must demonstrate that the inspectors and contract administrators have the OACETT road construction designation. Therefore, it’s important for the inspectors and contract administrators to get certified through OACETT.
OACETT’s membership has grown from 18,536 in 2000 to more than 23,000 currently.