Professional Technologist (PTech)
ASTT Regulations Amended and Alberta Legislation Enacted
The ASTTBC Council has approved changes to the ASTT Regulation pertaining to the standards required to achieve, and appropriate the use of, the title ‘Professional Technologist’ (PTech). The changes will bring the ASTT Regulations into alignment with new Alberta legislation proclaimed October 14, 2009. The ASTT Regulation has been revised to read,
2.2(d) A certified member who has a minimum of four (4) years of progressive technical experience in addition to the experience required for certification as an Applied Science Technologist or Certified Technician and has acquired the competencies commensurate with a Professional Technologist as recognized by the Council, may apply to the Board to be registered as a Professional Technologist, Professional Technologist Engineering), Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or Professional Technologist (Building) and, upon registration, shall be entitled to use the designation PTech, PTech(Eng), PTech(Geo) or PTech(Bldg).
The Alberta Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act has been amended to incorporate the Association of Science, Engineering and Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), ASTTBC’s sister association, which has been operating under the Society Act since first established. This one act – two association legislative model establishes the PTech designation and grants PTechs the right to independent practice within established standards and codes. The PTech is a member of ASET but is jointly regulated (50:50 Boards) by ASET and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Other classifications such as CET, ASCT and CTech continue under ASET Regulations pursuant to the Act.
Although the ASTT Regulation pertaining to PTech is now in force, the PTech program has not been initialized. Therefore at this time, members are not able to apply for registration in this area.
Where we are today...
ASTTBC and APEGBC are continuing to work together to discuss key areas of Qualified Professional (QP) status for technologists as well as the general discussions pertaining to possible joint regulation of the PTech in British Columbia. We appreciate your patience and feel that we are making good progress on behalf of technologists and technicians in BC.
Please stay tuned to ASTT e-NEWS for further updates, or feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.