The Road to Certification: Educated in Canada and Living in Canada
Minimum requirements for certification with OACETT are:
- Graduation from a 2-year or 3-year Ontario post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program or equivalent1
- Minimum two years of appropriate level experience (technician or technologist)
- A facility with the working language of the discipline and a facility with the standards, codes and practices of the discipline in which certification is being sought. Normally these are gained by working in Canada for one year.
- OACETT Professional Practice Examination (PPE)
- For C.E.T. only: Technology Proposal and Report (TR)
- Minimum 18 years old and of good character
- Completion of the certification requirements within three or six years from date of file review, depending on whether you have been assigned further academic competencies to complete. You will be given a completion date.
The Road to Certification
If you received your education in Canada and currently live in Canada, these are the steps to certification through OACETT:
Submit your application to OACETT. Be sure to include the following:
- Copy of a detailed job description (current or previous), signed by your supervisor.
- Copy of a detailed resume.
- Photocopy of your Canadian birth certificate, Canadian Permanent Resident Card (front & back) or Record of Landing – Form IMM 1000 (front & back).
- Names and email addresses of three professional references who can comment on your work. List them on your application form. If possible, one should be your current supervisor.
- Application fee.
- Arrange for your school to send your official post-secondary transcript by mail directly to OACETT so that the association can verify your education.
- The Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario (IETO), OACETT's certification and registration division, reviews your application. IETO notifies you by email within four to six weeks if you are eligible and if so, registers you as an Associate member while you work towards certification. At this time you will be invoiced for your annual membership dues.
- When you pay the annual membership dues, we will send your membership card. As an Associate, you will now have access to the OACETT member area of the web site and benefits for Associate members.
2. File Review
When your application is complete and we have received all the other necessary documents: your resume, job description, transcript(s) and completed references, IETO’s Admissions Committee will evaluate your academics and work experience.
IETO will evaluate your education in relation to a 2-year (typically technician) or 3-year (typically technologist), Ontario post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program. If required, missing academics will be assigned.
To become a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.), you must have at least two years of experience in the field or discipline of engineering technology or applied science in which you are seeking registration. View the Profiles of a Technician or Technologis
t for further information regarding certification-level experience.
You must be able to demonstrate a facility with the working language, standards, codes and practices of your engineering technology or applied science discipline before certification is granted. Normally achieved by working in Canada for at least one of the two years of required experience.
Please note that the file review of your academics and experience takes approximately 3 to 4 months after we receive all the documentation listed above. It’s important not to let your membership lapse during the process.
When the review is finished, IETO will email you a personalized report of the steps needed to certify. You may need to complete additional academics and/or work experience, but in most cases, only the standard certification requirements are needed and most Associates can attain certification in a year if applying with the required academics and experience already.
Nevertheless, to maintain membership, you must certify within three years of file review, or if further academics are necessary, you have six years to certify. For more information on certification timelines, click here
3. Certification Requirements
Professional Practice Exam
To become certified as either a technician or a technologist, associate members must write and pass the Professional Practice Examination
(PPE). Writing the PPE enables you to meet the high professional standards set by your association in the area of ethics and responsibility to the public and your employer. You may write the PPE any time after you join as an Associate member.
Technology Proposal and Report (C.E.T. only)
To become certified as a C.E.T. you will need to write a Technology Proposal and Report
(TR). The TR assesses your ability to describe and examine in detail an engineering technology or applied science problem. You must submit a proposal for approval before submitting the completed TR. The report topic should be discipline appropriate, and if possible, related to your work experience. You may complete this requirement any time after you become an Associate member unless you have further technologist-level academics to complete. If so, the academics should be completed first.
Associates who have graduated from a nationally accredited
engineering technology or applied science program do not have to complete the TR since they completed one meeting our specifications in their college program. The report we issue after your file review will indicate whether the TR is required or whether it has been waived based on this reason.
English Language Benchmark
Equivalence to a level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark
is required for certification. Canadian educated applicants may meet the requirement by either of the following: graduation from a Canadian 2 or 3 year post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program, or applying with a minimum of 60 academic points (Associate level) plus successful completion of the OACETT certification requirements.
When you have met all the certification requirements identified in the file review report, you will receive a letter from the Registrar informing you of your new status as a certified member at which time you may begin to use your new OACETT title. We will send your certificate, new membership card and publish your name in The Ontario Technologist magazine.
You will be eligible for all benefits reserved for certified members, which besides the right to use one of the protected titles and designations, C.E.T. or C.Tech., allows you to purchase a technology ring and certified member identification stamp.
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If you did not graduate from a post-secondary engineering or applied science technology program you may still qualify for Associate membership. A minimum of one year post-secondary technology academics is required for Associate status. A combination of relevant academics and significant technology experience greater than ten years may also qualify you for the Associate level. We will advise you of your acceptance after our Admissions Committee has reviewed your application. If accepted as an Associate, an academic upgrading program will be assigned. All Associate members must reach certification within 3 or 6 years depending on whether additional academics are required. The academics assigned will be similar to completing the missing college program, so you should be committed to achieving certification. Members typically fulfill the outstanding academics by taking college courses or OACETT technical exams which are self-study. Associates may also be interested in Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.
If you do not yet have the required academics for certification, we recommend completing a self-assessment against the National Technology Benchmarks prior to application. This will give you a better indication of the competencies required to achieve certification in your discipline at either the technician or technologist level. If you would like to try a self-assessment, please visit the Technology Registrations Canada
(TRC) website. To see the relationship between self-assessment and PLAR, please click here