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Associate Membership


Associate membership is a temporary category you occupy while working towards certification. Associate members enjoy most of the benefits of membership while working towards their certification. To become an associate member, you need to provide three pieces of information:

  1. Proof of Legal Name
  2. Be a minimum of 18 years old and of good character
  3. Academic Credentials

Once your application is processed, OACETT will register you as an Associate member.  Please note you must certify within three years of your file review; if other academics are necessary, you have six years to certify. For more information on the certification process, click the button below.

Certification Process

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, to prove legal name submit a photocopy of  ONE  of the following items listed below from 1 to 5. If you are adopting a spousal name, you must submit a Marriage Certificate plus one of the items from 1 to Please note that we do not accept a driver's licence or health card as proof of legal name. 

  1. Valid Canadian passport. 
  2. Provincially-issued birth certificate. 
  3. Canadian Citizenship identification. (*Note that both sides of the wallet-sized Canadian Citizenship ID card or the citizenship certificate issued after February 1, 2012 are required. Those who obtained Canadian Citizenship prior to February 15, 1977, must submit a copy of the document issued (other than the wallet card) at the time by Citizenship Canada.)
  4. Permanent Resident Card from the government of Canada or IMM 1000, IMM 5292 or IMM 5688 Form. 
  5. Official Canadian name change certificate. 

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, to prove legal name submit a photocopy of the identification page from your valid passport and ONE of the following items listed below from the Canadian government. 

  1. Valid Temporary Residence Visa 
  2. Valid Study Permit 
  3. Valid Work Permit 

Please contact us at if you need assistance on providing any of the proof of legal name documents listed. It is your ongoing responsibility to keep OACETT informed of any changes to your legal name or status in Canada while you are a member. 

To maintain the high ethical standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession, OACETT requires that all members be of good character. To confirm good character, all applicants to OACETT must declare as part of their application that they fall within OACETT's requirements for good character.

To review the requirements and the rest of the good character policy, click here. 

Associate membership requires graduation from a 2-year (C.Tech.) or 3-year (C.E.T.) post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program or equivalent. A minimum of one-year post-secondary technology academics is required for Associate status. When submitting your application for OACETT membership, you must submit official transcripts.   

Official transcripts

Arrange for your school to send your official post-secondary transcript (including proof of graduation status and subjects and marks) by email directly to We accept file sharing platforms such as MyCreds. 

Notarized transcripts

If your school is unable to send the official transcripts directly to OACETT, take your original to a Notary Public and ask them to make you a notarized copy. Submit the notarized copy to OACETT via mail and retain the original for your records. Many law offices can provide notary services. We accept WES evaluation documents. However, if they do not include the course-by-course information, we will also need the notarized transcripts.

Translating Transcripts

If your original transcripts are not in English or French, translations must be prepared by a certified member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) or other equivalent Canadian association of certified translators. 
Translation steps include the following: 

  1. Have a Notary Public make copies of your original documents and notarize the copies. 
  2. Send the notarized copies to a certified member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) or other equivalent Canadian association of certified translators for translation into English. 
  3. Ask the translator to certify that they have produced a true and accurate translation and affix their official stamp. The translator must attach the notarized documents in the original language to the certified translation. 
  4. Send the translated documents you received from the certified translator and the notarized copies of the original language documents to us. You must send the original translation. We will not accept a copy of the translated document even if you have the copy notarized. 

You may still qualify for Associate membership if you did not graduate from a post-secondary engineering or applied science technology program.     

A minimum of one-year of post-secondary technology academics is required for Associate status. A combination of relevant academics and significant technology experience over ten years may 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 when the Admissions Committee reviews your file. All Associate members must reach certification within 3 or 6 years, depending on whether other academics are required.   

The academics assigned will be similar to completing the missing college program or courses, and a commitment to achieving certification is expected. Members typically fulfill outstanding academics by taking college courses or OACETT self-study technical exams. 

There is a one-time application fee of $254.25. Once you have officially become an Associate member, you will be invoiced the annual membership dues of $333.58.     

Once you have completed the application process, paid the applicable application fee, and provided the basic document requirements, you will be sent to the Admissions Committee to be approved as an Associate. OACETT 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. 

Consult the OACETT Fee Schedule for the applicable fees for the type of application you are completing and for the annual dues. If you have any questions about which fees and dues apply to you, please email us at 

To support new Canadians establishing themselves professionally in Canada, OACETT has an application offer for new arrivals to Canada.

If you apply for an OACETT membership within one year of initially arriving in Canada, you may be eligible to have your application fee waived. You will need to provide one of the following documents showing your original entry date:

  1. Temporary Resident Document (IMM 1442)
  2. Permament Resident Document (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
  3. Verification of Status (IMM 5009)
  4. Work permit with Canadian immigration passport stamp

*Please note that the new new arrivals to Canada offer only waives the application fee. You will be invoiced for your membership dues immediately after you are approved for Associate membership. This usually happens within a month after you apply. Click here for fees and dues information. 

  1. Apply for membership through the portal.
  2. Complete your application. When you come to the invoice page, choose Pay by Cheque.
  3. Contact us at and attach a copy of the document/s which shows your original date of entry to Canada.
  4. Once we have verified your documents, we will waive the application fee and process your application. We will contact you to confirm your eligibility and advise you of when you can expect to be awarded membership and pay your membership dues.

Most of the OACETT membership and certification requirements can be completed before you arrive in Canada. This will speed up the process of achieving certification. To keep your membership with OACETT active before you come to Canada, you must pay your annual membership dues.  

When you arrive in Ontario, submit a photocopy of the identification page from your valid passport and one of the following items from the Canadian government: 

  •  a valid temporary resident visa, 
  •  a valid study permit, 
  •  or a valid work permit. 

You should also update your profile when you create an account making sure that we have the correct contact information for you. Contact for more information.