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Joining OACETT as a Student member is the first step to becoming either a Certified Technician (C.Tech.) or Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.).

Requirements to become an OACETT student member

  • You are currently enrolled full time in an Ontario post-secondary program in an engineering technology or applied science program. 
  • You must apply BEFORE you graduate to be eligible for student membership.
  • You are at least 18 years old.

Exclusive Benefits of Student Membership

Student Membership Subsidy

Volunteer with your local chapter and have your Student Membership subsidized.

Student Recognition Award

Get recognized for your contribution to volunteerism or mentorship! Award winners get two tickets, which include room and travel to the Presidents Awards Gala, a $250 bursary, and recognition in front of thousands of OACETT members.

Student Scholarship

NEW — Young Professionals Scholarship

Three $500 scholarships.

Affordable Membership Dues after Graduation

Student members get reduced dues at the student rate for two years after graduation providing you pay your yearly student membership dues and do not let your membership lapse. If your membership lapses, you will pay regular membership dues when you rejoin. 

Reduced Professional Practice Exam Fees

Students can get a jump start on their certification by completing the professional practice exam as a student.

More Benefits of Student Membership

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Member Advocacy

We work with the government to advocate for the advancement and leadership of a unified profession and ensure that regulations and legislation include technicians and technologists.

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Raise Your Profile and Advance Your Career

Your membership and certification confirm a commitment to excellence. It is a positive statement of dedication to your profession and a mark of your professional achievement.  OACETT certification will raise your profile among your peers and is valued and recognized by employers. Certified members earn between $14,000 and $20,000 more annually in total cash compensation. Our annual awards program is a great opportunity to recognize your achievements and contributions to your profession.  

"Certified Technician (C.Tech.) and Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) have been recognized as one of the top five most valuable engineering certifications to have in 2020." - Randstad Canada

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Access to Job Board

Members also get access to CTEN, the Canadian Technical Employment Network, a national job board, to connect you with employers specifically looking for technicians and technologists across Canada. 

Continuous Professional Development

Improve Your Skills

Take advantage of professional development courses on a variety of topics and disciplines, from soft skills, technical workshops and seminars to exam preparation guides; your membership gives you access to these essential resources and keeps you up-to-date on the industry’s best practices and knowledge sharing.  

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Expand Your Network

Membership provides invaluable opportunities to connect and interact with other engineering technology professionals and key stakeholders. Our events range from Chapter tours, social events and educational opportunities including our Annual Conference and Awards Gala. Volunteering with OACETT’s Board, Committees and Chapters provide many opportunities to exchange with peers and connect throughout the year, in person or virtually. 

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Stay Informed

As a member, you have exclusive access to key resources and publications which include: The Ontario Technologist magazine, the Tech Takes podcastETech News, the salary survey, and regular updates on the progress and achievements of your professional association. 

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Maximize Your Savings

Benefit from special group insurance rates on professional liability, home, auto, travel, pet including health benefits. We also offer a variety of discounts on training, services, retail partners and special experiences. 

Get a list of partners and discounts through the members’ portal.

  1. Click the “Join” button in the top right main menu and create a profile.
  2. After creating your profile, ensure you select “I am a full time post-secondary Ontario college student in an engineering technology or applied science program.” for application type.
  3. Submit a copy of your personal ID and an unofficial transcript or grade summary from your college portal.
  4. Pay the application fee of $66.95 + HST.

  • OACETT will review your application and, if eligible, register you for student membership within about a month.
  • Once registered, you can print your membership card and will have access to the Canadian Technical Employment Network (CTEN) job network as well as many other benefits.
  • When you apply you will be asked to pay an application fee. This application fee will cover your first year of membership dues. After that, each year you remain a student member you will need to pay the student membership dues

When you graduate, you can upgrade your OACETT membership.
  1. Log into the OACETT member portal.
  2. Click on Start Application and select "Are you an Associate or recent graduate and need to provide academic and experience information to upgrade your membership?"
  3. There is no cost for this application.
  4. Upload all the required documents.
  5. Once all your documents have been received, a file review will be carried out by the Admissions Committee to determine how close you are to achieving certification and what still remains for you to do.
  6. For two years following your graduation, you will continue to pay the student rate for membership dues.
For more information click on Associate Membership.
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Road to Certification Student Webinars

A complimentary 45 minute information webinar hosted by OACETT to learn more about OACETT, student membership, certification, and the application process.