At a Glance

Purpose

To maintain, improve and increase the knowledge, ability and competence of technologists and technicians; to regulate the standards of training and practice of, and for, its members, and to protect the interests of the public.

History

Incorporated under the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act (ASTT Act) in 1985. Established in 1958 by technicians and technologists in the fields of engineering and architecture, ASTTBC has expanded to sixteen disciplines and nine special certifications in the broad field of applied science

Professional Certification

Professional designations granted under the ASTT Act include Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and Certified Technician (CTech). Requirements include academic qualifications either as a technologist (diploma) or a technician (certificate), plus a minimum of two years progressive technical experience, as well as passing a professional practice and ethics exam. Other classifications include: Graduate Technologist/Technician (GradTech), Associate and Student.

Special Certification

ASTTBC certifies an individual as a Technical Specialist in Building Design, Construction Safety, Fire Protection, House & Property Inspection, Onsite Wastewater, Public Works Inspection, Site Improvements Surveys, Steel Detailing and Timber Cruising. Timber Cruising Certification Committee.

Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits technology programs offered at BC’s technical institutes and community colleges in conjunction with ASTTBC.

Professional Recognition & Practice

The ASTT Act provides for the professional certification of technologists and technicians, requires that they adhere to a Code of Ethics, provides a disciplinary mechanism to deal with breaches of the Code, and protects the titles Applied Science Technologist and Certified Technician and the designations AScT and CTech.

Special Certification is granted under the ASTT Regulations and titles are protected under Section 9 of the Federal Trade Marks Act until they can be formally included in the ASTT Act.

The Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and the Foresters Act (1996), provide a Limited Licence and Special Permit, respectively, for AScT’s and others to practise within the scope of the licence in the fields of professional engineering and professional forestry.

Professional Liability

ASTTBC’s professional liability insurance program is underwritten by WILLIS, the largest insurer of Professional Engineers, Architects, Technologists and Technicians in Canada.

Professional & Career Development

ASTTBC’s Career Manageron CD-ROM helps members set and work toward career and professional development goals; all new members receive a copy.

Employer Recognition

An ever-increasing number of employers support and call for certification by ASTTBC.

Publications

ASTT Act & Regulations; Code of Ethics & Practice Guidelines; Career Log; Career Manager; ASTT News; ASTT e-News; Annual Report & Services Directory; Compensation Survey ; newsletters for MP’s, MLA’s and municipalities; TechWORKS! careers video; TechBAR!; various bulletins and brochures; and web site.

Institutes & Community Liaison

Institutes within ASTTBC help members in specific fields address continuing professional development needs, advocacy and other unique interests. Community Representatives (CR’s) provide a local contact with ASTTBC

Member Benefits

Member services such as: employment search assistance; professional liability coverage; home, life and extended health insurance; automobile purchase; special credit card, and phone service savings.

Awards

Member recognition includes: R. Littledale Memorial Award; Peter Allan Leadership Award; Advanced Technology Award; Professional Achievement Award; Service Awards; 25 Year Continuous Membership; and Life Member. Outstanding individuals in the technology community may also be eligible for the Advanced Technology Award; Certificates of Appreciation; and Honorary Member; Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology.

Careers/Science & Technology Awareness

ASTTBC promotes science and technology through our ASTTBC Foundation.