The Road to Certification: Educated Outside Canada & Living Outside Canada
Minimum requirements for certification with OACETT are:
- Graduation from an equivalent program to a 2-year or 3-year Ontario1 post-secondary engineering technology or applied science program.2
- Minimum two years of appropriate level experience (technician or technologist)
- A facility with the working language, standards, codes and practices of the engineering technology or applied science discipline for which certification is being sought. Normally this will be proven by successfully completing the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam or working in Canada for one year
- English language equivalency to level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark
- OACETT Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (PPE)
- For C.E.T. only: Technology Proposal and Report (TR)
- Minimum18 years old and of good character
- Completion of 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.
The Road to Certification
If you received your adult education outside Canada, currently live outside Canada, and are planning to move to Ontario Canada, these are the steps to certification through OACETT.
You may apply to become an associate member of OACETT before arriving in Ontario or wait until you arrive to do so. If you wait, make sure you bring all necessary documents with you before leaving your country and then follow the steps in the Educated Outside Canada and Living in Canada section. For those applying from outside of Canada these are the steps below:
Submit your application to OACETT . Be sure to include the following required documents:
- Copy of a detailed job description (current or previous), signed by your supervisor.
- Copy of a detailed resume.
- Copy of your birth certificate or passport. Copy of Canadian citizenship, landed status papers or permanent resident card (both sides) will be required once in Ontario, before certification is granted.
- Names and email addresses of three professional references who can comment on your work. List them on your application form. If possible, one should be your current supervisor.
- Payment of your application fee in Canadian dollars.
- Arrange for your school to send your official post-secondary transcript (including proof of graduation status and subjects and marks) by mail directly to OACETT. If the original transcripts, diplomas, degrees, certificates and/or abstracts are not in English, English translations must be prepared by a certified member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO).
The Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario (IETO), OACETT’s certification and registration arm, reviews your application. IETO 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.
When you pay the annual membership dues (in Canadian dollars), we will send your membership card. As an Associate, you will now have access to the OACETT member area of the website.
2. File Review
When your application is complete and we have received all the other necessary documents: your resume, job description, transcript(s) and completed references, IETO’s Admissions Committee will evaluate your academics and work experience. Please note that this review takes approximately 3 to 4 months after we receive all the documentation listed above. It’s important not to let your membership lapse during the process.
IETO 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.
To become a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.), you must have at least two years of experience in the field or discipline of engineering technology or applied science in which you are seeking registration. View the Profiles of a Technician or Technologist
for further information regarding certification-level experience.
You must be able to demonstrate a facility with the working language, standards, codes and practices of the engineering technology or applied science discipline before certification is granted. Traditionally this has been proven by working in Canada for one year but now you may write the Internationally Educated PPE
instead. Since the PPE is already a certification requirement for all applicants, this new option allows for a streamlined path to certification. As long as you have the necessary two years technician or technologist experience from any country, no further Canadian experience is required if you write the Internationally Educated PPE.
When the review is finished, IETO will email you a personalized report of the steps needed to certify. You may need to complete additional academics and/or work experience, but in most cases, only the standard certification requirements are needed and most Associates can attain certification in a year if applying with the required academics and experience already. Nevertheless, to maintain membership, you must certify within three years of file review, or if further academics are needed, you have six years to certify.
3. Certification Requirements
English Language Benchmark
Proof of English language equivalency to level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark for all skills is required for certification: listening, reading, writing and speaking. All recognized tests acceptable at a Canadian public community college or institute will be accepted such as: TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS. Send in your original or notarized copy of proof of achievement with your application, or as soon as possible. It is recommended that you complete this prior to writing the Professional Practice Exam – see the next paragraph. Click here
for more information and possible exemptions.
Professional Practice Exam
To become certified as either a technician or a technologist, Associates must pass the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam
. The exam may be written any time after becoming a member. Writing the PPE enables you to meet the high professional standards set by your association and covers material on Law, Ethics and responsibility to the public and your employer. International applicants should write the Internationally Educated PPE since it has additional content in Legislation and Professional Practice, Workplace Culture and Health and Safety and streamlines certification. Refer to the experience review section earlier in this document for further information. The PPE may be written outside of Canada with our online proctor.
Technology Proposal and Report (C.E.T. only)
To become certified as a C.E.T. you will need to write a Technology Proposal and Report
(TR). The TR assesses your ability to describe and examine in detail an engineering technology or applied science problem. You must submit a proposal for approval before submitting the completed TR. The report topic should be discipline appropriate, and if possible, related to your work experience. You may complete this requirement any time after you become an Associate unless you have further technologist-level academics to complete. If so, the academics should be completed first.
Occasionally the TR is waived based on higher academics or graduation from an IETO-recognized nationally accredited program. We will notify you if this is the case in the report we issue after your file review.
The requirements may be achieved while in your home country and can help speed up completion of your certification upon arriving in Ontario. To keep your membership active with OACETT you must pay your annual membership dues.
When you do immigrate to Ontario, send us a photocopy of your Canadian citizenship or landed status papers or permanent resident card (both sides) and update your profile on our website making sure that we have complete contact information for you.
Then, once you have met all the requirements identified in the file review report, you will receive a letter from the Registrar informing you of your new status as a certified member at which time you may begin to use your new OACETT title. We will send your certificate, new membership card and publish your name in The Ontario Technologist magazine.
You will be eligible for all benefits reserved for certified members, which besides the right to use one of the protected titles and designations, C.E.T. or C.Tech., allows you to purchase a technology ring and certified member identification stamp.
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OACETT will review your international academics for equivalency. See item 2 in this document Road to Certification for transcript requirements. OACETT has successfully certified members from many different countries.
If you did not graduate from a post-secondary engineering or applied science technology program you may still qualify for Associate membership. A minimum of one year post-secondary technology academics is required for Associate status. A combination of relevant academics and significant technology experience greater than ten years may also 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. All Associate members must reach certification within 3 or 6 years depending on whether additional academics are required. The academics assigned will be similar to completing the missing college program, so you should be committed to achieving certification. Members typically fulfill the outstanding academics by taking college courses or OACETT technical exams
which are self-study. Associates may also be interested in Prior Learning Assessment Recognition
. If you do not yet have the required academics for certification, we recommend completing a self-assessment against the National Technology Benchmarks prior to application. This will give you a better indication of the competencies required to achieve certification in your discipline at either the technician or technologist level. If you would like to try a self-assessment, please visit the Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) website. To see the relationship between self-assessment and PLAR, please click here