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File Review


When your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your academics and work experience with an academic and experience review. The file review takes approximately 3 to 4 months after receiving all the relevant documents. It’s important not to let your membership lapse during the process. 

In the academic review, the committee 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. 

In the experience review, the committee will evaluate your work experience in the field of discipline of engineering technology or applied science in which you are seeking registration. You must have at least two years of experience. 

View the Profiles of a Technician or Technologist  for further information regarding certification-level experience. 

You must be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the language, standards, codes and practices of your engineering technology or applied science discipline before certification is granted. This is normally achieved by working in Canada for at least one of the two years of required experience. 

Each file is reviewed independently by two certified members of the Admissions Committee familiar with your discipline, and their decision was based upon the job description and references you provided.  Most members begin in the role of technician and progress into technologist roles as their career progresses.

In order to meet the minimum required academics for certification, a member must have completed a 3-year college program for C.E.T. or a 2-year college program for a C.Tech.  If a member has not met this, they are assigned missing academics by the Admissions Committee. 
To meet the additional academic requirements, you can:
  1. Check with your local college or educational institution for a suitable course.  Colleges such as Centennial, Seneca, George Brown, Humber, Mohawk and Algonquin are some that offer on-line engineering related courses. The content of the course must match the competency you were asked to complete.
    This Find a Program college website can help you find second or third year assigned academics. Depending on your discipline, choose either Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources or Engineering & Technology and then look for a college provider of technician programs (for C.Tech.) or technologist programs (for C.E.T.).
  2. Complete a technical exam for each course. OACETT will set an exam for you and provide you with a list of materials to study. Please contact for details. 
  3. A combination of the above.
Once you have located a possible academic course that matches an assigned competency, complete the submission form, attach course descriptions, and return them to

If the Admissions Committee assigns one or more academic courses or subject competencies during the file review, members can apply to OACETT to write technical exams instead of taking courses through various community colleges, institutions or through online learning. 

To apply for a technical exam(s), send a request to

Once your payment has been processed, a guide will be prepared listing the texts that you are required to study. You are required to write the technical exam within six months of receiving the study guide. Exams are written at either the OACETT office in Toronto or at your workplace. 

If you choose to write at a location other than the OACETT office, then you must provide an invigilator to supervise the exam. The invigilator must be a professional such as a C.Tech., C.E.T., professional engineer, or chartered accountant. You will be required to supply the contact information for the invigilator so that the exam and instructions can be forwarded to them.  
Technical exams are non-refundable. To see the latest pricing, click here

If you do not have the full academics for the certification level you are seeking and have more than ten years of technology or applied science experience, the Admissions Committee may identify you as a PLAR candidate during the file review process. As a PLAR candidate, you have the option of preparing and submitting a PLAR portfolio to meet up to a maximum of four missing courses.