The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:  Road Construction Designation Program

1.    What is the road construction designation program?

In 2001, OACETT with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) launched a program requiring mandatory certification of road construction contract administration personnel.   Compliance is demonstrated as part of the bid packages.

2.    What does rcji stand for?

Road construction junior inspector

3.    What does rcsi stand for?

Road construction senior inspector

4.    What does rcca stand for?

Road construction contract administrator

5.    How is the experience requirement calculated for the road construction designations:   rcji, rcsi and rcca?

  • A contract year is seven (7) continuous employed months (or a minimum of 1200 hours) in contract administration on Ministry of Transportation (MTO) contracts in a single calendar year or a single twelve (12) month period.
  • Continuous experience in the field and in the office is counted in evaluating experience towards a contract year.
  • Lay off periods are not counted and they interrupt continuous employment in calculating a contract year.
  • Vacation periods are not counted but do not constitute an interruption of a contract year unless they exceed one (1) month.
  • Applicants are required to provide details regarding employment duration on the Work Experience Log in the form of: employment start year, month and day to employment finish year, month and day. They must also show all periods of layoff as well as any vacation periods exceeding one (1) month duration.  Experience and job duties must be employer verified.
  • Prior equivalent work experience may be considered in the awarding of a designation in limited cases.
  • Where the duration of experience for a contract year is marginally insufficient the applicant may be asked to document hours worked if it might be to their advantage.


6.    I am a graduate of a two or three year civil engineering program; does co-op and summer vacation experience count?

Applicants who have successfully completed all the requirements of a two or three year civil engineering technology program qualify for membership with OACETT and the rcji designation.  Summer vacations (2 to 4 months), co-op work experience (of 4 months) and work experience prior to entering a post secondary institution do not meet the requirements for a contract year (7 continuous months) for advancement to the rcsi designation.

7.    How is a contract year of seven (7) continuous employed months in a single calendar year or a single twelve (12) month period calculated?

An example of contract year calculation is as follows:

Awarded rcji designation on January 1, 2012

Member worked on a contract for a consulting engineering firm from January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012:  one contract year of seven continuous employed months during a 12 month period.  

The next contract year starts January 1, 2013
Member worked on a contract for a consulting engineering firm from January 1, 2013 until July 31, 2013:  one (1) contract year of seven continuous employed months during a 12 month period.

The next contract year starts January 1, 2014

8.     How is the timeline for OACETT Certification calculated?  

New applicants with only the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) required for certification must upgrade their qualifications to Certified Technician, (C.Tech.) or Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.), within three years in order to maintain their designation.  

New applicants that are required to complete additional courses plus the PPE must upgrade their qualifications to Certified Technician (C.Tech.) or Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.), within six years in order to maintain their designation.

9.    Do I need to take the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Highway Construction Inspection Course for the rcsi designation?

Yes, this is a mandatory requirement for this designation unless you meet the requirements for former MTO employees.

10.  Do I need to take the CEO Contract Administration Course for the rcca designation?

Yes, this is a mandatory requirement for this designation unless you meet the requirements for former MTO employees.

 

11.  I took the CEO Contract Administration Course without taking the Highway Construction Inspection Course so why do I not qualify for the rcca designation?


Normally, you must complete the Highway Construction Inspection Course before the Contract Administration Course. Completion of the Highway Construction Inspection and the Contract Administration Courses are mandatory requirements for the rcca designation.  Completion of the Contract Administration Course prior to completing the Highway Construction Inspection Course does not mean this course will be waived or you will be exempted from this requirement. The rcca will not be awarded without it.

Even if the Consulting Engineers of Ontario allow you to register for the Contract Administration Course before the Highway Construction Inspection Course this will not satisfy OACETT’s requirements.

12.  Why do I need to take the CEO Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course every 3 years to maintain my rcca designation?

As a holder of the rcca designation the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course is required to maintain this designation.  This course is a mandatory requirement stipulated by the Ministry of Transportation, in agreement with OACETT, when this program was established.  All road construction contract administrators are required to complete this course every 3 years to ensure currency in MTO requirements.  Failure to complete the recertification course results in MTO being notified that you no longer hold the rcca designation.   In addition, you are required to return the rcca certificate and membership card to OACETT.

13.  What happens if I do not complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification by my deadline?

After the last CEO Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course is completed for the year, usually in February, all members with the rcca designation who have not met the recertification course requirements and have not submitted a request to be reclassified as an rcsi, will have the rcca designation withdrawn.  Members will be asked to return the rcca certificate and membership card and the Ministry of Transportation will be notified.

14.  Can I request an extension to complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course?

Extensions are rarely given. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure they complete the course to keep their rcca designation current. Where an extension is given, a member must take the refresher course at the next available scheduled offering.

15.  What happens to my rcca designation if I do not take the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course every 3 years?

Members with an rcca designation who fail to complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course by their individual deadline will have their designation removed.  You can re-apply for this designation within one year of having the designation withdrawn providing you have completed the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course and previously returned the rcca certificate and membership card.  After one year of the designation being withdrawn you will be treated as a new applicant for the road construction designation and must meet current academic and experience requirements.

16.  What happens if I decide I want the rcca designation again after I have applied for the rcsi?

If a member subsequently wishes to be reclassified to rcca, they may do so by re-applying for the rcca designation and completing the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course within one year of having the rcca withdrawn.  You will need to complete the Road Construction Designation Application Form and submit the appropriate fee.  

If more than one year has elapsed since the rcca was withdrawn, you will be treated as a new applicant and all academic and experience requirements will apply at the time of reapplication. However, you will not be required to take the Highway Construction Inspection and Contract Administration Course again.

17.  I no longer require the rcca designation for Ministry of Transportation contract work but wish to acquire the rcsi designation.  What do I do?

If you no longer require the rcca designation for Ministry of Transportation contract work and would like the rcsi designation, you need to return the rcca certificate and membership card to OACETT, complete the Road Construction Designation Application (indicating you wish to have the rcsi designation) and pay the appropriate application fee. All applications for the rcsi designation will be processed quickly and the Ministry of Transportation will be notified that you have been awarded the rcsi designation.  This is not an automatic process.

18.  What happens while my application for reclassification from rcca to rcsi is processed and I have not received my new certificate and membership card?

OACETT will process reclassification requests as expeditiously as possible.  Once the application form, fee, rcca certificate and membership card are received, the employer and MTO will be notified that the application is being processed.

19.  What impact does the withdrawal of an rcca designation have on OACETT membership?

OACETT membership status is not affected in any way providing the member returns the rcca certificate and membership card to OACETT and providing they do not portray that they continue to hold the rcca designation.  Should a member not comply with these conditions, they could be subject to disciplinary proceedings.

20.  I lost the rcca designation and did not reclassify to rcsi, can I regain the rcca designation?

If it is more than one year after the rcca has been withdrawn, the rcca will only be re-awarded if you meet the current academic and experience requirements.

21.  What are the requirements for the rcca designation and completion of the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course for former Ministry of Transportation Employees?

The following criteria is used when awarding the rcca designation to former MTO employees who have been working in the construction field and previously taken the On-the-Job Training or Project Supervisor Courses prior to the implementation of the Highway Construction Inspection and Contract Administration Courses.

 

  • Applicants who have been actively working in the construction administration field in the past year are not required to complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course for 3 years.
  • Applicants who have not been actively working in the construction administration field in the past 1-3 years are required to complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course within 12 months of being awarded the rcca designation.
  • Applicants who have not been actively working in the construction administration field for more than 3 years are required to complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course prior to being awarded the rcca designation.


22.  Do I need to be a member of OACETT and have a road construction designation to work on MTO Projects if I am a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) licensed to practice professional engineering in the Province of Ontario with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)?

Professional Engineers who are licensed to practice professional engineering in the Province of Ontario with PEO and, who have the appropriate work experience, are not required to be certified by OACETT to perform the duties of road construction contract administration (rcca), road construction senior inspector (rcsi) and/or road construction junior inspector (rcji) personnel.  The professional engineer has the option of obtaining the appropriate certification and or designation.  Otherwise, they will be required to submit their resume detailing the related work experience to the MTO.

23.  As a Professional Engineer licensed to practice professional engineering in the Province of Ontario with the Professional Engineers of Ontario why was I not awarded the rcca designation?

The rcca designation is awarded by OACETT only to those who have applied and met the academic and experience requirements as specified by the MTO.  This means, all applicants are required to take the CEO Highway Construction Inspection and Contract Administration Courses and have the appropriate work history.  If the rcca designation is awarded they are required to take the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course every 3 years.

24.  I have “retired status” with OACETT, do I need to take the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course to maintain the rcca designation? What happens to my construction designation if I apply for “retired status”?

If you have retired status with OACETT, you may not hold a road construction designation. Road construction designations are required only if an individual wishes to work on an MTO project or wishes at some time in the future to work on an MTO project.  When OACETT “retired” status is given, the road construction designation is also retired.  Members are no longer billed road construction annual dues and are removed from the list of those eligible to work on MTO projects.  Should a member wish to retain the rcca designation they are required to take the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course every 3 years and they cannot be given OACETT “retired status”.  This applies to all road construction designations.

To maintain a road construction designation, the member must be paying OACETT and Road Construction membership dues and meet the certification timeline in addition to other requirements enforced to maintain their designation.

25.  How does the resignation of my OACETT membership affect my road construction designation?

You must be a member in good standing with OACETT to hold a road construction designation. If you are no longer an OACETT member, you cannot hold a road construction designation.

26.  What is the reinstatement process for road construction members?

Reinstatement of road construction members follows the same rules as reinstatement for other members, except that road construction members must be assessed twice – once for certification and once for the road construction designation.  See Reinstatements for more information.

27.  My OACETT membership and road construction designation were resigned for non-completion of certification requirements more than 5 years ago and I now want to reinstate my membership and designation.  What do I do?

You will need to apply as a new member to OACETT (must meet the current requirements for admission) and for the road construction designation.  This means you will need to submit the OACETT application for certification and the road construction application, fees and all documentation.  Once we have received all documentation, your file will be assessed for OACETT membership and a road construction designation.  A new timeline for OACETT certification will be established.

28.  I was resigned for less than five years and was resigned for non-compliance with the OACETT certification requirements.  I did not write the PPE.  

You will be allowed to reinstate your OACETT membership by submitting the Reinstatement Form along with the fee.  At the same time you may re-apply for the road construction designation by submitting the road construction application form and fee.  You will be awarded Associate membership with OACETT and given three years to write the PPE.  Once you have completed the PPE you will be awarded certification and the road construction designation for which you qualify.  You will not be awarded the road construction designation until you have written the PPE and are certified with OACETT.

29.  I was resigned for less than 5 years and was resigned for non-compliance with the OACETT certification requirements -  writing the PPE and additional courses.  

You will be allowed to reinstate your OACETT membership by submitting the Reinstatement Form along with the fee.  At the same time you may re-apply for the road construction designation by submitting the road construction application form and fee.  You will be awarded Associate membership with OACETT and upon completion of one course or the PPE, your file will be reviewed by the Registrar and a new timeline will be established to meet requirements for certification.  The road construction designation may be reinstated, if you qualify, but only after completion of at least one course or the PPE and review of your file by the Registrar.

30.  I was “grandfathered” and I am resigned?  

Upon termination of membership you were advised that upon reinstatement you would be treated as a new member and must complete any new requirements for certification in effect that might apply.  Certification with OACETT will not be issued until the PPE and other certification requirements are met.  The road construction designation may be reinstated if you qualify after the completion of at least one course or the PPE and your file is reviewed by the Registrar.  You will be awarded Associate membership status to complete the certification requirements.

31.  The resignation of my membership was for reasons other than non-compliance with the OACETT certification requirements.  Can I reinstate my OACETT membership and my road construction designation?

You can reinstate your OACETT membership if eligible (see Reinstatements for more information), and the road construction designation for which you qualify.  You must have completed the Highway Construction Inspection and Contract Administration Courses for the rcsi and rcca respectively – “grandfathering” is no longer available.

32.  How does the resignation of my OACETT membership affect my timeline for certification if the reason was other than non-compliance with certification requirements.

The remainder of time left for certification will be given.  For example, if you were previously given 3 years to certify at the time of resignation and you had one year left to certify, you will be given one year to certify.  


 

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