Newcomers to Canada
What is CTTAM?
The acronym "CTTAM" stands for: "The Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba "
It is the professional organization that certifies Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Manitoba.
CTTAM members work in highly technical fields of applied science and engineering. Although Canadians use the terms 'Technician' and ‘Technologist' generally to describe many different occupations, Engineering/Applied Science Technicians and Technologists are very distinct individuals. These are the people who, through a high degree of specialized training may use, test, repair, design, analyze and problem solve in a broad range of applied science and engineering areas. They are employed in a vast range of economic sectors, from textiles to telecommunications.
To learn more about the differences between Technicians and Technologists refer to the detailed CCTT approved Technician & Technologist Profiles.
CTTAM has over 3000 members throughout Manitoba.
The association is governed by a Manitoba Government act. The Certified Applied Science Technologists Act of Manitoba.
Benefits of Membership
Certification pprovides Technicians and Technologists with a valued designation when applying for a new job, or for advancement with their present employer.
Certified members of CTTAM are recognized as professionals within their field of work. They are recognized as having the level of education and experience required to perform their duties.
Employers know that professionals who are certified by CTTAM meet the education and experience standards set out by the national body, Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)
Newcomers to Canada who have high levels of technical education and experience can benefit greatly by having their education and experience certified by CTTAM.
CTTAM certification is transferable to other provinces across the country.
Who Qualifies for Membership
Members certified as technicians generally come from an accredited one or two year technicians program at a technical college. Members certified as Engineering or Applied Science Technologist generally comes from a two or three year Technology program at a technical college.
Newcomers to Canada who have an equivalent technical education or an engineering degree, acceptable to the panel of examiners, may also meet the academic requirements. Internationally educated engineering and engineering technology professionals are encouraged to apply to CTTAM for membership / certification. A complete list of disciplines can be found at Disciplines of Registration.
Each applicant is assessed on an individual basis. In addition to the education each applicant must have two years of experience in their field before being certified, however, newcomers to Canada who meet the academic requirements are granted up to one year of experience from outside of Canada and must gain one additional year of Canadian experience. The experience needs to be verified by three qualified references.
Newcomers to Canada from certain countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia may be eligible for transferring of membership or for recognition of academics based on the following reciprocity / transferability agreements:
- Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists (CCTT) and National Institute of Certified Engineering Technologists (NICET) - United States
- CCTT and Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) - United Kingdom
- Sydney Accord
- Dublin Accord
Self Assessment Process
Many newcomers to Canada wonder if their academic credentials would be recognized by CTTAM. Potential applicants should check with CTTAM to see if they require an academic self-assessment by comparing their academic program to the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) at www.cctt.ca
By reviewing these benchmarks, the applicants can self-assess against the Canadian standards of their discipline to determine if they wish to apply.
Most newcomers who have studied at universities, colleges or institutes in disciplines of engineering or engineering technology, such as, civil, mechanical, industrial, chemical, electronic, electrical, would have academics that are equivalent to Technologist or Technician.
However, some international engineering technology programs do not meet Canadian academic standards for Technician or Technologist. Applicants from those programs will be provided with the options to upgrade to meet equivalent Canadian standards.
Newcomers who have occupations that are considered to be trades in Canada generally have academics that are not accepted by CTTAM. Some examples of trades are electrician, plumber and welder. As well, there are programs with the title of technology without the term of engineering, such as medical lab technology may not be recognized by CTTAM.
Newcomers who have degrees in the pure sciences such as chemistry or physics may be accepted based on their work experience, but will generally be required to complete additional academics in engineering or applied science technology to meet the academic requirements for a Technician or Technologist.
Your second step to determine if you may qualify for certification should be do an academic self-assessment by comparing your academic program to the national Technology Benchmarks (NTB) at www.cctt.ca. By reviewing these benchmarks, you can self-assess against the Canadian standards for your discipline and determine if you wish to apply.
If you wish clarification on what academic documentation would be acceptable for certification, you may speak directly to the CTTAM registrar by phone or in person.
Applicants are asked to provide original transcripts and diplomas with notarized English translations with their applications. A syllabus or course outline would provide additional supporting information to assist in the academic assessment and would be asked for if the Education is not in the International Qualifications Database (IQDB). If you do not have a syllabus, discuss this matter with the CTTAM Registrar. Foreign language documents MUST be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
Submit copies of all diplomas or certificates and an original or notarized copy of transcript of marks.
Please make photocopies of all of your academic documents before submitting them with your application. Original documents will be returned.
Work experience is a very important criteria for certification and must be at a technical level appropriate for the designation of Certified Technician or Certified Engineering Technologist.
Work experience requirements for certification include a minimum of two (2) years or 24 months of acceptable technical experience as determined by the Certification Board. The two years of work experience must include:
- At least six (6) months of experience at a level consistent with the certification level that is to be granted, either Certified Engineering/Applied Science Technician or Technologist.
- At least one year of work experience in Canada in order to obtain qualified Professional References.
The Certification Board reviews the applicant's work history, detailed current job description and professional reference questionnaires to assess work experience and determine the classification.
A complete application would include the following:
- A completed CTTAM application form for new members which is available under the Forms and Downloads on our main page.
- Original transcripts with notarized English translations, if applicable, and photocopies of all documents
- Copy or original of diploma(s) with notarized English translations, if applicable, and photocopies of all diplomas and translations
- A syllabus or course outlines, upon request, but preferred for foreign programs
- Part A of the application form - A chronological listing of academic programs
- Part B of the application form - A detailed work history*
- Part C of the application form - A detailed current job description signed by the applicant's supervisor plus the signed affidavit on page 2 of the application form (if working)
- The names and contact information for three professional references(if having worked in Canada)
- The application fee of $140
* Newcomers to Canada should provide more detail in the job descriptions than is normally in resumes. Resumes written in the functional style are not acceptable.
If you presently do not have all of the required documents/qualifications, you may still start the certification process by submitting an application form with your academic documents. Applicants who have not completed all the certification requirements but meet academic requirements may be granted associate status. Contact the CTTAM registrar for guidance.
The submitted applications are reviewed by the CTTAM Panel of Examiners and Certification Board, respectively, at their meetings scheduled for September, November, January, March and May each year.
Applicants who hold diplomas, certificates or degrees from outside Canada will have their academics reviewed to determine if their education meets the general and discipline-specific National Technology Benchmarks for either Technician or Technologist. The Panel of Examiners may request a syllabus or course descriptions and outlines.
Some work experience can be used to compensate for academic shortcomings through a Prior Learning Assessment Review (PLAR).
The Panel of Examiners will assess and classify academics at the levels of Technologist, Technician or Associate. Applicants who cannot produce sufficient academic documents will not be registered with CTTAM. Applicants should receive the results of their review within 8 to 20 weeks from the date of application.
If the applicant's academics are not sufficient for certification, the applicant may request a recommendation for further studies.
Applicants whose foreign education has been accepted as equivalent to Technologist must also submit a Technical Report to fully meet the requirements for Technologist. For more information on Technical Reports refer to the document Procedure for Writing a Technical Report.
Applicants who do not meet all the requirements for full certification may be granted Associate affiliation or Technician Level and will be advised what steps are required to become fully certified, and what classification they are eligible for. They can provide this information to prospective employers. CTTAM does not provide employment agency services however there is a Careers Section on our Website.
Canadian Work Experience
Work experience at the appropriate technical level is a very important factor in granting certification.
Applicants with foreign technical work experience must acquire a minimum of twelve months of technical work experience in Canada to be considered for certification. Foreign work experience of one year or greater can be granted a credit of one year towards the two year work experience requirement.
The Certification Board reviews the applicant's work history, detailed current job description and professional reference questionnaires to assess work experience.
Work Experience Documentation
The applicant must provide:
- The names and contact information for three professional references
- A work history of technical work experience
- Detailed current job description signed on each page by the applicant's immediate supervisor.
Applicants claiming Canadian work experience must provide the names, full mailing addresses, professional designations and business affiliations of at least three persons (preferably C.E.T., A.Sc.T. C.Tech., or P. Eng. Managers or Supervisors ) who have a good knowledge of their character, capabilities and technical work experience in Canada. It is not mandatory that all three references have designations.
The references should have worked with the applicant for a minimum of six months. If you have been in the current job for less than six months, the applicant should delay applying until at least six months of current employment has been attained.
Unless the applicant is self-employed, one reference should be the current and immediate supervisor.
The Certification Board may consider applications with only two professional references, providing that the applicant has given an explanation for this situation.
CTTAM Law and Ethics Exam
All applicants eligible for certification must complete and pass the CTTAM Law and Ethics Exam. The exam is an open book exam written at a designated CTTAM location. The study guides are available at the CTTAM office. The exam may be written anytime after the academic assessment. The Law and Ethics Exam is not an examination of technical competence.
Applicants who are newcomers with English as an additional language should write the exam after they have reached an English language benchmark of 7 for both reading and writing.
The Law and Ethics Exam registration form with scheduled examination dates is posted on the CTTAM web-site. Applicants who live outside of Winnipeg can make arrangements to have the exam proctored in their community. Instructions for this process are on the Law and Ethics Exam Registration Form.
Applicants who have completed non Canadian accredited engineering technology programs or foreign programs that have been accepted as equivalent to Technologist academics are required to write and pass a competency exam as well as complete a competency summary to complete the academic requirements for Technologist. Applicants must be certified as a C.Tech. in order to write the competency exam.
The purpose of the competency exam is to assess and validate the candidate's breadth and depth of knowledge required of a Technologist.
For more information about competency exams, click here.