The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

New Applicants 

 
1.     What are the benefits of being an OACETT member? 

The primary benefit of membership is certification with OACETT.  Once certified, you will be permitted to use one of the protected titles: Certified Technician or Certified Engineering Technologist and to use the designations C. Tech. or C.E.T., depending on your registration.  These designations indicate that you are a member of a professional association and will be useful to you in the work place.  Many employers require that their employees become certified and often make this a requirement for job placement and upgrading. Other employment opportunities for certified members may be due to government requirements or emerging needs in specific sectors such as provincial road construction, etc.  There are other benefits of membership, including (for certified members) the right to transfer your credentials across Canada. As a certified member you may also vote in the association's elections, hold office and participate in the way your association is run as a volunteer on one of OACETT's many committees. There are also many discounts on different services available to you as an OACETT member and access to the CTEN job bank on the OACETT website. 

2.    OACETT’s website has two application forms, one for new applicants and one for post-secondary students. Which one should I use? 

If you are currently enrolled in a full-time, post-secondary, engineering or applied science diploma or degree program in Canada, you should use the Post-Secondary Student Membership Application form. You must have completed at least one year of the program and still be registered full-time to apply.  Otherwise, please use the Application for Certification form.

3.    What do I need to send in with my application for membership? 

You will need to send in the following: 

  • completed application form and fee
  • an official transcript of your subjects and marks sent directly from your post-secondary institution*
  • a current or most recent job description signed by your supervisor
  • an up-to-date resume listing your work experience
  • submit proof of English language proficiency equivalent to a CLB Level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks for all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) with your application or you may submit at a later date but must be submitted before certification will be granted. Click on the link above for the acceptable tests and exemptions.
  • proof of legal name
  • the names and email addresses of at least three professionals (one should be a current or past supervisor) who are familiar with your work experience. OACETT will email these persons a confidential, professional reference questionnaire.

Note:

*If you cannot obtain a transcript because the institution is not in Canada, take your original transcript to a lawyer, a notary, or a commissioner of oaths licenced to certify copies in Ontario/Canada and mail this copy to OACETT with your application.  If you only have one original transcript make sure you send a notarized copy rather than the original as the documents become the property of OACETT. If the original transcript is not in English, it must be a notarized translated copy prepared by a certified member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO). 

4.    I'm applying to be certified as a Technician (C.Tech.). What are OACETT's requirements for certification? 

Minimum requirements for certification as a Certified Technician are: 

  • you are a graduate of a 2-year post secondary engineering technician or applied science diploma program or equivalent.
  • you must successfully pass the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE).  
  • you submit documentation of at least two years of appropriate level experience obtained after graduation.
  • you must demonstrate a facility with the working language and facility with the standards, codes and practices of the discipline in which you are seeking certification. Normally this is gained by working in Canada for one year or by writing the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE). 
  • you must submit proof of English language proficiency equivalent to a CLB Level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks for all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Click on the link above for the acceptable tests and exemptions.
  • you are at least 18 years old and of good character. 
  •  you must complete the certification requirements within 3 or 6 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.
5.     I'm applying to be certified as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.). What are OACETT's requirements for certification? 

Minimum requirements for certification as a Certified Engineering Technologist are: 

  • you are a graduate of a 3-year post secondary engineering technologist or applied science diploma/degree program or equivalent.
  • you must successfully pass the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE).  
  • you submit documentation of at least two years of appropriate level experience obtained after graduation.
  • you must demonstrate a facility with the working language and facility with the standards, codes and practices of the discipline in which you are seeking certification. Normally this is gained by working in Canada for one year or by writing the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE).
  • you must submit proof of English language proficiency equivalent to a CLB Level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks for all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Click on the link above for the acceptable tests and exemptions.
  • you submit a Proposal and a Technology Report for review and approval.
  • you are at least 18 years old and of good character.
  • you must complete 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.

6.     I have received acknowledgement of my application. Now what? 

You can begin to track the status of your application by clicking on “Track Application” on the OACETT home page. As soon as all your documents have been received, at least two professional reference questionnaires have been returned to us, (see #3 above), and your annual membership dues have been paid, your file is moved forward to the Queue for Review for the Admissions Committee.  Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed your file we will send you a report by email, an evaluation summary outlining your personal program for certification and what level of certification you are eligible for.  This takes approximately three to four months.

7.    How long will it take OACETT to assess my file? 

This depends on how quickly we receive all of your documentation (see #3 above). Once we have all necessary documents, including the professional reference questionnaires returned from your references, OACETT's Admissions Committee will review your file. This takes approximately three to four months. You will then be notified of the Committee's decision and of any other requirements for certification. 

8.    I have paid a fee with my application.  What other fees do I need to pay? 

Each application must be accompanied by an application fee. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an invoice for annual dues. All members of OACETT, both associate and certified pay annual dues to maintain their membership in OACETT.  Non-payment of your dues will cause your membership to lapse.  If this happens, your application will not be processed any further.  Thereafter, you will be invoiced for your annual dues on the anniversary date of your initial application. It is your responsibility to pay your annual dues in a timely fashion.

In addition to annual dues, you will be required to pay fees to write the Professional Practice Exam or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE).  There is also an optional seminar for the exams and for those pursuing Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.), and an optional Technology Proposal and Report Seminar. Please refer to the fee schedule.

9.    I applied to be certified as a Technician or Technologist. Why was I accepted as an Associate member? 

At the time of application, OACETT registers as Associates those who are eligible for membership while they work towards certification. Members have three or six years to become certified, depending on whether further academic competencies are required.  Once your file has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee, the report issued will indicate what level of certification you are working towards.  As soon as you are eligible for certification we will certify you.  This may result in you being certified as a Certified Technician while you are working towards completing the requirements for Certified Engineering Technologist.

10.    When will I be able to obtain insurance and other benefits through OACETT? 

Once your application has been processed and your membership dues have been paid and you are in good standing, you will be sent your membership card.  It may take up to 6 weeks for you to receive your membership card in the mail.  You will need to have an OACETT membership number in order to participate in any membership benefits, including access to the CTEN job bank.
 
11.    As an Associate member, how do I access the CTEN job bank? 

You can only access CTEN if you have paid your membership dues and are in good standing as a member. 

12.    Do I need to have two years of experience in the same company or can I use my experience in previous jobs? 

Experience can be accumulated with one or more full- or part-time employers after graduation.  OACETT also grants credit towards the two-year experience requirement for co-op, intern or other equivalent experience gained while a student in an engineering technology or applied science technology program. Up to one full year may be credited if you attended or are attending a nationally accredited program or if your supervisor during the co-op placement is a certified member of OACETT or a licenced professional such as a P.Eng., OAA, P.GEO, or O.L.S.  Co-op work experience that does not fall into either of these two categories is recognized at 50% of the time worked up to a maximum of 6 months. In any case, co-op experience can significantly reduce the experience requirement after graduation. 

13.    Does my work experience from another country count?

Yes, as long as your work experience is in a related field it can count towards fulfilling the two year experience requirement for certification. You must be able to demonstrate a facility with the working language and a facility with the standards, codes and practices of the discipline in which certification are being sought.  This is demonstrated by passing our Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) or by working in Canada for one of the mandatory two years of experience.

14.    I'm not sure what discipline I should apply for? What should I do? 

Your discipline of registration is normally related to your post-secondary academic program; otherwise, significant competencies/courses may be assigned to you to complete before certification could be granted. You can check OACETT's accepted disciplines of registration on our website and contact us if you need further assistance. The Admissions Committee will make sure that you are registered in the right discipline during your file review. 

15.    I am not working in the engineering discipline I was educated in. Which discipline should I apply for? 

Normally you would apply in the discipline related to your post-secondary program, as this will provide you with the greatest number of academic points. However, if you have significant experience in a discipline other than your academics, the Admissions Committee will take this into account when choosing the most appropriate discipline when your file is reviewed. It is very likely that you will be assigned competencies/courses if you do not have the required academic program.

16.    I am qualified in more than one discipline. Can I be registered in a second discipline? 

Yes, once you are certified in one discipline (as a Technician or Technologist) you can apply to be registered in another discipline at the level in which you are qualified. You may not use two OACETT titles if certified in more than one discipline.  Typically, you would use the title for the discipline you are working in or the higher of the two if different.

17.    If I move to another province, can I transfer my OACETT certification to the new province? 

Yes, once you are a certified member with OACETT and your membership is active, you can transfer your level of certification to the new province.  Please note that not all titles are available in all the provinces.  The new province will assign you the title in use in that province. If you are an Applied Science Technologist with OACETT the requirements for certification may be different in other provinces and you may be asked to complete a Proposal and Technology Report if one has not been completed with OACETT. 

18.    Why have I received a list of academic competencies to complete in order to be registered as a Technician or Technologist and how do I find courses to satisfy these competencies?  

Based on your educational background, especially if you did not complete and graduate from a post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program, or if you are interested in reclassifying to technologist, a review of your documentation by the Admissions Committee has determined that you are required to complete additional academic competencies. The Admissions Committee may also ask you to complete a self-assessment against the National Technology Benchmarks so that they have further information about your academics and experience and can give you the most possible credit towards certification.  See Question #24 below for further information about a self-assessment. 

You will need to check with the various community colleges and institutions in your area or investigate online learning opportunities to determine if the content of the course matches that of the academic competency you were asked to complete.  If you find there is similarity of content, send an outline of the course that you want to take to us for approval prior to registering for the course.  (Make sure to allow enough time for our Admissions Committee to review it.)  Our technical exams provide another upgrading alternative where we can set an exam for you and provide you with a list of materials to study.  Please visit the technical exam section of our website for further details.  Another option for those members who have significant experience greater than 10 years is Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).  See the next question for further information about PLAR.

19.     What is Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)?

PLAR is a process that reviews your prior learning achieved outside of a traditional college or university program for credit towards certification.  If you have more than 10 years experience in your field you might be a good candidate for a PLAR review.  You will need to be able to prove that you have met the missing competency(ies) and showcase your proof in a portfolio submission which our admissions committee will then review.  For more information visit the PLAR section of our website.

20.    Is there a timeframe for certification? 

Members who joined the Association after July 1, 2005 have three or six years to become certified, depending on whether further academic competencies are required.  For members applying with full academics and the two years of experience already fulfilled, certification can be achieved quickly, often in less than a year if only the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) is required. For others it will take longer, depending if further academics or experience is required.

21.    My documents are in another language.  What do I need to do?

You will need to have your documents translated into English by a certified member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) and the documents need to be notarized in Canada that they are a certified, translated copy of the original.

22.    I have a disability; how can you assist me?

Please phone or email the OACETT office for assistance at 416.621.9621 or info@oacett.org.  Please also visit OACETT’s Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Policy required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA 2005). 

23.    What are your customer service guidelines?

Phone calls and emails are returned within 3 to 5 business days due to a high volume of inquiries, although many can be responded to within 24 hours.  Please be advised that IETO works to the following deadlines for admission purposes:  new applicants are admitted to membership and members are certified once per month at our admissions date which falls during the first week of the month.  The admissions committee review files, proposals, technology reports and academic course outlines.  Your file is sent to the committee based on when all the required documents for a review have been received.  File reviews can take approximately three to four months, proposals one month, technology reports two months and course approvals two to four weeks. Please realize that these are average times and some variation does occur based on availability of an expert in your discipline or volume of files received.

24. What is a self-assessment?

A self-assessment is a detailed inventory of your achievements both in academics and experience against national standards of competencies needed to become registered and certified as either a Technician or Technologist.  If you did not complete and graduate from an engineering technology or applied science program or if you want to upgrade to a technologist, you may be asked to complete a self-assessment in order for the Admissions Committee to have comprehensive information about your academics and experience that you have acquired so they can give you the most possible credit towards certification.  You may also be asked to complete a self-assessment if your program is unknown to OACETT; that is if it is not listed in our information databases. It is to your benefit to complete a self-assessment in these situations so that the Admissions Committee learns as much as possible about your program and is able to give you the most possible credit towards certification.  Applicants who are eligible for PLAR reviews (see #19 above), should also self-assess to see if they have acquired the necessary learning from non-formal education and can provide evidence of that learning.  The Admissions Committee will advise when a self-assessment is necessary in any of the situations referred to above.  If you would like to try a self-assessment, please visit the Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) website.  


Request for 2nd File Review

1.    Can I request a 2nd review of my file if I do not agree with the Admissions Committee assessment?

Yes, you may request a 2nd file review if you disagree with the evaluation.  Review the 2nd File Review Evaluation Troubleshooting Guide and make sure that none of those examples pertain to your situation.  Then complete the Request for 2nd File Review Form stating why you are requesting that your file be re-assessed.  Requests for a 2nd file review will not be accepted over the telephone or without the completion of this form. 

2.    How long will it take to have a 2nd file review completed?

The timeline to complete a review of your file is at least 8 weeks from the date that the 2nd File Review Form is received at OACETT.

3.    I do not agree with the results of the 2nd file review, what now?

OACETT has a formal appeal process which is outlined in the IETO Terms of Reference, section 3.3 and is available for review on our website.   See the next section of these FAQs for further information.


Certification Appeals

1.    What is a certification appeal?

A member who does not agree with the results of the 2nd File Review regarding their certification level may appeal to the Registrar in writing within 30 days of the 2nd File Review decision to challenge the results and have their case heard by a Certification Appeals Committee appointed by the IETO Board.  The appeal will be heard within 90 days from receipt of the notice of the appeal or the date that the member indicates that their appeal documentation is complete.  Certification requirements including, but not limited to the passing of the Professional Practice Exam, mandatory road construction designation and refresher courses, and completing experience requirements are not appealable.  The decision of the Certification Appeals Committee will be binding on both the member and the IETO Board.

2.    How do I apply for a certification appeal?

For detailed information see section 3.3 in the IETO Terms of Reference
 
In short, ensure that you have gone through the 2nd File Review process first, then fill out the Certification Appeal Form and attach any relevant documentation, pay the appeal fee which is refundable if the appeal is successful and send it to the Registrar, OACETT, 10 Four Seasons Place, Suite 404, Toronto, ON, M9B 6H7.
    

Professional Practice Examination (PPE) and Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE)

1.    Do I need to write this exam?
  
Yes, this is a mandatory certification exam for C.Tech. or C.E.T. certification. You must pass the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) to ensure awareness of your legal and ethical responsibilities to the public, employers and yourself. Writing the PPE or the IEPPE enables you to meet the high professional standards set by your association in the area of ethics, law and responsibility to the public. 

2.    Which exam should I write?

If you are currently registered in a post-secondary engineering technology and applied science programs completed your education in Canada you should write the regular PPE.

If you completed your education in Canada you should write the regular PPE.

If you completed your education internationally you should write the IEPPE.  This will satisfy the OACETT requirement to prove understanding of the standards, codes and practices of the engineering technology or applied science workplace in Canada which was previously proven by one year of Canadian work experience.

If you completed your education internationally and have one year of work experience in Canada out of the two years required for certification you can write the regular PPE or the IEPPE

3.    When should I apply for the PPE or IEPPE?  

You may apply for either the PPE or IEPPE after you have received your membership number.  Your membership number will be sent to you once your application has been processed.  Keeping in mind that members have three or six years to reach certification depending on whether further academic competencies are required, we recommend that you write the PPE or IEPPE as soon as possible.

4.    When are the exams held? 

The Professional Practice Exam (PPE) and the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) are available online, on demand, written at an appropriate quiet location of your choosing, but with the services of an online proctor chosen by OACETT.  You should apply to write either exam and purchase the study materials at least 2 months prior to your target exam date to allow for appropriate study time.  You must write the exam within 6 months of registering.

5.    How do I register for the PPE or IEPPE?

Visit the PPE/IEPPE Information and Registration page.  Follow the instructions given and pay the required fee for the exam package.

Log onto the online proctor website to choose a date and time for your exam when a proctor is available.  You must have purchased an exam package prior to registering for an online proctor.  If you attempt to register for an online proctor and have not purchased an exam package, your name will be forwarded by the online proctor to the OACETT Registrar.

6.    What computer requirements are needed to write the PPE or IEPPE? 

You will need the following computer requirements:  browser released in the last four years, PC/Mac (no iPad), uninterrupted internet connection and a webcam (portable preferred).  The online proctor chosen by OACETT and the online exam provider offer a “test your system” button on their websites that will allow you to check if your system is working well.  If your system does not work, then you will be taken though a troubleshooting process.

7.    What are the required materials and costs to take the PPE or IEPPE?

The exam package includes an eBook study manual and one exam registration to be written within 6 months of purchasing the package. The eBook study manual contains all of the material for the exam, a study outline, the OACETT Act, By-law 19, IETO Terms of Reference, the Code of Ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct. For the IEPPE additional content in Legislation and Professional Practice, Workplace Culture and Health and Safety has been added to the eBook.

For the costs of the exam, materials and seminars, see Fee Summary.

8.    I failed the regular PPE and would like to rewrite the IEPPE in order to satisfy the requirement for demonstrating a facility with the standards, codes and practices in the Canadian workplace, previously demonstrated by one year of Canadian work experience.  Can I do this? 

Yes, you may now take the IEPPE as your rewrite. The regular rewrite fee will apply. This applies if you need to write the whole exam or just sections.  Please note you will need to write the specific sections that pertain to demonstrating a facility with the standards, codes and practices of the Canadian workplace.  If you choose to write the IEPPE, you must also prove that you meet the English language proficiency that was introduced in January 2016.  For more information on English language proficiency requirements, contact Vera Alexeeva at valexeeva@oacett.org. 

9.    I passed the regular PPE and would like to write the IEPPE in order to satisfy the requirement for demonstrating a facility with the working language and facility with the standards, codes and practices of the discipline (normally gained by working in Canada for one year) in which I am seeking certification. Can I do this?

Yes, you may now take the IEPPE and just write the Enhanced Practice section which includes the new content for this exam instead of satisfying the one year Canadian experience requirement.  The regular rewrite fee will apply.  If you choose to write the IEPPE, you must also prove that you meet the English language proficiency that was introduced in January 2016.  For more information on English language proficiency requirements, contact Vera Alexeeva at valexeeva@oacett.org.

10.    Do I need to study the entire eBook or are only specific sections necessary? 

Yes, you need to study the entire eBook. The Study Outline (included in the eBook – Appendix E) will assist you in identifying how you should direct your studies.

11.    Are past exam papers available?

No, past exam papers are not distributed.

12.    I don't need to know about law in my current position. Do I need to write the entire exam?

The Professional Practice Exam (PPE) consists of three parts: Law, Ethics and Practice. The Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) consists of four parts:  Law, Ethics, Practice and Enhanced Practice (additional questions on Legislation and Professional Practice, Workplace Culture and Health and Safety). The Law questions in the exam relate to general topics in law of which most Technicians and Technologists need to be aware.  In order to pass the exam, you must achieve a satisfactory result in all parts.  If you do not pass all sections, you will need to rewrite the section or sections that were unsatisfactory.

13.    Are there courses or seminars available to prepare for the PPE or IEPPE?

Yes, there are online seminars to help candidates to prepare for the exams.  There is a PPE Seminar and an IEPPE Seminar. The seminars consist of voiced over PowerPoint slides highlighting the key points on each topic, module quizzes to review the content presented and a complete practice exam.  The seminars are not mandatory although many members have found them extremely useful in studying the material systematically.  For further information, check the Professional Practice Exam Seminars page on the OACETT website.

14.    How do I find out my marks? 

OACETT will post your marks to your Track Certification profile within two weeks of the exam.  Exam results are not given out over the phone.

15.    What happens if I am not successful in the exam? 

You must pass each section of the exam.  If you do not pass one or more sections, you will be required to rewrite the section or sections that were unsatisfactory.  You can register for a rewrite at any time after reviewing the material in the sections you failed.  For information about rewriting a section or sections of the exam, go to the Registration for PPE and PPE Seminar page or the Registration for IEPPE and IEPPE Seminar page.    Choose the rewrite option and pay the rewrite fee.  When you are ready to rewrite, choose a date and time of an available  online proctor.


Technology Proposals and Reports (TR)

1.    Do all members who want to be certified have to send in a Technology Proposal and Report? 

No, applicants applying as Certified Technicians do not have to submit a Proposal and Technology Report.  If you are eligible to become a Certified Engineering Technologist (see the “New Applicant’s section, Question #5) you will be required to send in a Technology Proposal and Report for review and approval.  Graduates from nationally accredited programs are exempt. You will be advised if you are required to submit a proposal and report after the review of your file by the Admissions Committee.

2.    Can I send in my Technology Report and the Proposal for a Report at the same time? 

No, the Proposal for a Technology Report is required as a first step.  This must be reviewed and approved by the Admissions Committee before your Report is sent to us.  Be sure to include a copy of the approved proposal when you are ready to submit the final TR.

3.    I did a Technology Report in college or university.  Can I send this in? 

Yes, if it is current, maximum 5 years old.  You must still send in a Proposal for a Technology Report first and we will notify you of its suitability.  All reports will be reviewed to ensure that they meet OACETT's standard. See the Technology Report Guidelines on our website.

4.    My Technology Report is confidential. What can I do? 

OACETT's File Reviewers are required to maintain the confidentiality of your Report.  However, you may contact us and ask for a Declaration of Confidentiality, which we will send to you.  We do not sign other versions.  Technology Reports for which there is a Declaration of Confidentiality will be returned to you once reviewed. 

5.    Do I have to wait until I have two years of experience before I send in my Technology Report? 

Although it is recommended that you have sufficient work experience before submitting a Technology Report, you may send it in at anytime unless you have technologist-level academic competencies to complete. These should be finished prior to the Technology Report. 

6.    Should I write the Professional Practice Examination (PPE) or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) before I send in my Proposal or Technology Report? 

The exam is normally written first but in most instances either can be done first unless you are advised otherwise or have technologist-level academic competencies to complete.  Any additional technologist-level academics must be completed prior to the submission of a technology report.  You are encouraged to plan your certification process to maximize your time. 

7.    Can I complete both the PPE or the IEPPE and the Technology Report while I am completing my experience requirements? 

Yes, you should be working on completing all outstanding certification requirements as soon as possible after becoming an Associate member to make the best use of your time as you progress to certification within our 3-year and 6-year timeframes. (See the “New Applicants” section above – Question #20.)  We do recommend sufficient work experience before submitting a TR but it is not mandatory that you complete the two years experience first. (See “TR” Question #5 above.)

8.    Are there courses or seminars available to prepare for the Technology Report and Proposal?

There are detailed Guidelines available on our website for the Technology Proposal and Report.  For those members who prefer a more directed approach, a seminar is available. 

9.    Is there a fee to submit a technology proposal and report?

There is no fee to submit the proposal or report.

10.     How long does it take to review the proposal and report?

Proposals take approximately four weeks and reports approximately eight weeks.


Now that you are Certified 

1.    Someone I know is registered as a Certified Engineering Technician, but I was registered as a Certified Technician. What is the difference and can I be registered as a Certified Engineering Technician? 

No.  OACETT has the rights to both titles; however, in 1993, we began using the Certified Technician (C. Tech.) title for Technicians.  This was done to align ourselves with our sister associations in the other provinces and to reduce confusion.  Only active members who were registered as Certified Engineering Technicians prior to 1993 can use it.  

2.    I'm registered in two disciplines with OACETT. Can I use more than one title? 

No.  OACETT allows the use of only one title.  Members who are registered in more than one discipline must choose which title they will use and may not change titles arbitrarily. 


Post-Secondary Student Members 

A Post-Secondary Student member is an Associate member of OACETT if he or she has completed at least one year of a college/university program in engineering technology or applied science and is still registered full-time at the college/university.

1.    I have applied to OACETT and received acknowledgement that I am now an Associate member. Now what? 

Congratulations on taking the first step to professionalism. Once you have graduated, you should contact your college/university and have them send OACETT an official transcript of your subjects and marks.  Make sure that the transcript states “graduated” if such is the case.  When we receive the transcript, we will contact you with the requirements for certification. (See the “New Applicants” section above – Questions #3 - #5.) 

2.    What are OACETT's requirements for certification? 

See the “New Applicants” section above – Questions #3 - #5.

3.    I was a Co-op/Internship student. Will this experience count towards the two years of experience required for certification? 

Yes, you can earn credit towards the two-year experience requirement for co-op, or intern experience gained while a student in an engineering technology or applied science program.  Up to one full year may be credited if you attended or are attending a nationally accredited program or, if your supervisor during the co-op placement is a certified member of OACETT, or a licenced professional such as a P.Eng., OAA, P.GEO, or O.L.S.  Co-op work experience that does not fall into either of these two categories is recognized at 50% of the time worked up to a maximum of 6 months. In any case, co-op experience can significantly reduce the experience requirement after graduation. 

4.    I am in my second year of a full-time three-year college/university program. Can I apply now and will I be registered as an Associate member? 

Yes, you can apply as a Post-Secondary Student member now and you will be registered as an Associate member. If you have already applied as a student member in your second year, you need not re-apply again when you graduate but you will need to fill out our upgrade to certified membership application so we can advise you of your certification requirements.There is no fee for this application.  

5.    What is the fee for Post-Secondary Student members? 
The application fee is currently available at a significantly reduced rate and your membership dues for your first year of membership are free.  Regular student membership dues will be billed annually once you begin your second year of membership with OACETT.  Effective March 2015, OACETT introduced a pilot study* extending student dues for two years post graduation. Regular membership dues will be billed annually after that time.  Visit the website to obtain the current dues.  
Note:  *Pilot study end date is reviewed annually.

6.    What happens when I graduate?

Arrange for your college to send us official transcripts under seal directly to us.  Ensure that the transcripts clearly show the program completed and that you have graduated.  We will then send you the requirements for certification.  If you have not yet written the Professional Practice Exam, you should arrange to write it as soon as possible.  If you are working towards your C.E.T. send in the proposal for your technology report and you can complete the report while you are gaining your two years of experience.  This will maximize your time and allow you to be certified as soon as possible.  We will need you to fill out our upgrade to certified membership application as we only have limited information from the student application.  There is no fee for this application.  

7.    How long does it take to get certified? 

Once you have the two years of experience and have passed the Professional Practice Exam or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam, OACETT's Admissions Committee will review your experience documentation.  This usually takes three to four months after all the documentation has been received. (See the “New Applicants” section above – Questions #3 - #5 for the required documentation.) 


Reclassification

1.    I am a graduate of a 2 year engineering technician or applied science program (currently registered as a C.Tech.) and want to be a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.).  What do I need to do?

Fill in our Reclassification to C.E.T. Application. Make sure you complete the application in full and send us a job description signed by your supervisor and any new academic information acquired since we last reviewed your file.  Make sure any documents are originals or notarized copies.  The Admissions Committee will review your file and assign subject competencies that you are required to complete in addition to any other certification requirements.  You would then contact an academic institution such as a college or university regarding the availability of in-person or online courses in these subject areas.  These courses need to be at the technologist level (the 5th or 6th semester of a 3 year engineering technology program) or you can apply for OACETT technical exams. (Also see the “New Applicants” section above – Question #19 and #20).  

2.    Is there a fee for a reclassification of my membership status? 

Yes, if you are a Certified Technician and wish to reclassify to a Certified Engineering Technologist, an application fee will be required, see Question # 1 immediately above for the process and our fee schedule for the current reclassification fee.


Reinstating Your Membership 

1.    I let my membership with OACETT lapse. How can I become an active member again? 

If you have been resigned for more than five years, we require new information.  You must apply as a new applicant and fulfill the current requirements.  Please use the application form for new applicants.  If you aren't sure of how long it's been, just contact us.  If it has been less than five years you may reinstate your membership.  Please note the following, for which there are no exceptions:  if you were certified prior to the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) becoming a certification requirement you will need to now pass the PPE, and you will be reinstated only to titles that are currently in use.  Therefore, if you held either the Certified Engineering Technician or Applied Science Technologist or the Certified Survey Technician/Technologist titles in the past, you will not be reinstated to these titles.  To apply for reinstatement, please see the Rejoining OACETT information on our website.


Access to Records and File Retention

1.   What is OACETT’s policy regarding Access to Records?

Documents sent to OACETT in support of an application become the property of OACETT.  Members or their appointed designate may access their own records, upon completion of the Access to Records form and payment of the current fee which includes up to six photocopies/scans (pages) of documents that they have provided to OACETT.  All records except information from references and the names of the Admissions Committee file reviewers are available to view.  Records are made available either in person by pre-arranged appointment, mail or email.

2.   What is OACETT’s file retention policy?

OACETT retains an electronic file for active members indefinitely.  Lapsed member documentation is kept for five years and then removed from the system corresponding with OACETT’s reinstatement policy – see Reinstating Your Membership above.  

For active members, paper records will be scanned and/or microfilmed upon receipt and the paper copy will not be retained. Therefore, do not send you’re only original of a document.  Make sure that if it is your only original, you get a notarized copy made and send the notarized copy to us.  OACETT accepts notarized copies from a notary public, lawyer or commissioner of oaths licensed to certify documents in Ontario/Canada.  If requiring translation, the translation must be prepared by a certified member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO).


Mandatory Continuing Professional Development

1.    When did OACETT implement mandatory continuing professional development?

OACETT implemented mandatory continuing professional development on January 1, 2016.

2.   What is the rationale for implementing continuing professional development?

OACETT has always required continued competence as found in the Code of Ethics; it was time to formalize it and provide specific guidelines.

  •  “Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and the promotion of health and safety within the workplace.” 
  • “Keep informed to maintain proficiency and competence, to advance the body of knowledge within their discipline and further opportunities for the professional development of their associates.”

Recent structural failures and professional accountability have caused government inquiry panels such as that for the Elliott Lake Algoma mall collapse to call for mandatory continuing learning to increase the likelihood of currency and competence.  It is important to safeguard market recognition and to add value to our designations.  Our members need to be seen as relevant, in demand and contributing to economic competitiveness.
 
3.   How difficult will it be to fulfil the continuing professional development requirements?

Ongoing professional development is not difficult and many members will already be in compliance.  Many employers include professional development as an inclusive part of the employee growth plan and the selection of activities can be self-directed or job specific.  

4.   Who does the continuing professional development program apply to?  

The continuing professional development program applies to all certified (working full- or part-time), Life and Fellow OACETT members and associates admitted to membership prior to July 2005 whose membership has been continuous.
 
5.  Am I required to complete continuing professional development to maintain my OACETT membership?

Continuing professional development is required by all members listed in question #4 to maintain their membership with OACETT.
 
6.   Who does the continuing professional development program not apply to?

The continuing professional development program does not apply to Associates admitted or reinstated to membership starting in July 2005, students, retired (not working more than 100 hours per calendar year) and honorary members. 

7.    Why is an associate admitted or reinstated to membership starting in July 2005 not required to complete professional development?

These members must certify and achieve their professional status first.  Certification is mandatory for these members to maintain membership.  They have been given either 3 years to certify if no further academics are required, or 6 years to certify if academics are needed.  Continuing professional development will be required once these members are certified.
 
8.    I am a certified member on maternity/parental/medical leave/unemployed.  Am I automatically exempted from the continuing professional development program?

No, you are not automatically exempted from the continuing professional development program.  You should maintain your professional development while away from work and are not automatically exempted.  If you are unable to do so, contact cpd@oacett.org with the reason you are making such a request.
 
9.   What are the requirements for the mandatory professional development?

Over a 3-year cycle, members will be required to complete one half day formal course or one full day informal course or self-directed study from either the contributions to technical knowledge or management/leadership training categories plus 3 additional activities from any of the 4 categories:  contributions to the profession, peer and professional interaction, contributions to technical knowledge or management/leadership.
 
10.  What are acceptable examples of continuing professional development in each of the four categories?

For acceptable examples of continuing professional development in each of the four categories, click here
 
11.  How do I know if my continuing professional development activity will be accepted by OACETT?

We have provided many examples of what is acceptable covering most CPD possible activities.  If still in doubt when selecting your continuing professional development activities, ask yourself: “Does this activity make me a better technology professional?” Or, send an email to cpd@oacett.org and we will be pleased to assist.
 
12.  What will members be required to produce as supporting documentation to show they are compliant?

For audit purposes, to confirm completion of the activity or course, acceptable documentation may take such forms as:

  • transcript, receipt of payment with course outline, certificate of completion/attendance
  • written confirmation from employer that member attended and passed
  • submission of the article written or presentation given
  • study notes and resource lists

For more information on examples of acceptable documents, click here

13.  How will I keep my records?

Members can log their activities using any method that works best for them such as an employer tool or paper files, but will be encouraged to use OACETT’s CPD electronic portfolio (available Fall 2016) or download a PDF version of our template.

14.  How will OACETT monitor compliance?

Every 3 years, members (Certified and Associates admitted to membership prior to July 2005) will declare at the time of membership renewal that they have completed their continuing professional development requirements.  

15.  When does the first cycle begin and end?

The first 3-year cycle begins January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2018 for those who are members as of December 31, 2015.  For members who join after January 1, 2016, their individual 3-year cycle will be assigned once certified.
 
16.  Can I carry over activities and formal courses to the next 3-year cycle?

Additional activities, formal courses or self-directed study may not be carried over.  Each 3-year cycle is distinct.

17.  How will OACETT verify compliance?

OACETT will conduct a random audit of a percentage of members annually beginning in 2019.  Individual members will only be audited at the end of their personal 3-year cycle.  

18.  Who will monitor compliance?

IETO, the Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario, OACETT’s certification division will audit CPD compliance.  

19.  What if I fail to comply?

If not in compliance, you may be given a “grace period” of 6 months to comply.  You will be asked to use the OACETT electronic portfolio to create and action a compliance plan. Failure to comply will result in resignation of membership. 
 
20.  Can I reinstate after losing my membership due to CPD non-compliance?  

Yes; submit proof of compliance and once approved you may apply for reinstatement.  The reinstatement fee will be waived for prior members who meet compliance and choose to return to membership within one year of being resigned for CPD non-compliance.  All other regular reinstatement rules apply which may have potential implications on your membership status – see next question.
 
21.  What are the OACETT reinstatement rules?

Members may reinstate up to five years after resignation or lapse of membership after which they must re-apply as a new member.

For prior certified members that wish to reinstate, regular reinstatement rules will apply:

  • Resigned members will not be reinstated to designations that are no longer awarded such as Certified Engineering Technician or Applied Science Technologist. The current designation in use at the time of reinstatement that represents the appropriate level of certification will be granted.
  • Those members who have not completed the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) prior to resignation will be required to pass the PPE within 6 months of reinstatement or will have their certification removed and will be classified as an Associate.  They would become subject to the 3 and 6 year timeline for certification or lose membership. See Question #7 above.
  • Reinstatement fee will be waived for prior members who meet compliance and return to membership within one year of being resigned for non-compliance.
  • For Associate members prior to July 2005, upon reinstatement you will be treated the same as members who were admitted to membership on or after July 1, 2005.  That is, you will need to attain certification within the 3 or 6 year timeline determined by your certification program assigned at time of reinstatement.   

22.  Will extensions be given for members to comply with the CPD requirements?

Extensions may be given by the Registrar on compassionate or other acceptable grounds.  Additional CPD questions?  Call Sherrie at 416.621.9621, x234 or send an email to cpd@oacett.org.

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