History

ASTTBC has a 60-year history of protecting the public and promoting the critical value of technology professionals in our economy and community.

On April 21st, 1958 a small number of technologists and technicians, working primarily for professional engineers and architects, saw both the opportunity and need for the formation of an organization that would serve individuals with very diverse backgrounds and technical expertise. With this vision in mind, they established THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGISTS (SAET). What unfolded over the next 60 years is now our history, contributing to the legacy of our current Association…

1960’s

  • Membership 700
  • 4 levels of Certification: Technician I – III and Technologist
  • Name changed to The Society of Engineering Technologists of the Province of British Columbia
  • (SETBC); still registered as a society

1970’s

  • Membership 1500
  • 3 levels of Certification: Certified Engineering Technician, Senior Engineering Technician and Certified Engineering Technologist; all as C.E.T.
  • First accreditation of technology programs at BCIT and BC colleges

1980’s

  • Membership 3000
  • Incorporate under own Act recognizing ASTTBC as a self-governing professional association
  • 2 levels of Certification: Certified Technician (CTech) and Applied Science Technologist (AScT)
  • Arrange reasonably-priced professional liability insurance for technologists and technicians
  • Foundation registered, and first bursaries awarded to students in accredited programs

1990’s

  • Membership 7000
  • AScT’s and CTech’s referenced in Ministry of Transportation & Highways and in the Ministry of Forests Technical Consultants’ Registry
  • First province to provide Special Certification for expertise such as building design, fire protection, site improvements surveys and timber cruising
  • Rank in the top five (5) professional associations in an independent cross-Canada survey
  • First ‘Limited Licence’ in Engineering issued by EGBC to an AScT
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Professional Biologists
  • Joint Statement of Principles with the Professional Foresters

2000’s

  • Membership 9000
  • Exemption in Land Surveyors Act for AScT and CTech
  • Sign Memorandum of Understanding with the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC
  • ASTTBC members included as ‘Qualified Professionals’ in Municipal Sewage Regulations and in Streamside Protection Regulations
  • Revised Foresters Act includes Registered Forest Technologists – Forest Techs transferred to the Association of BC Forest Professionals
  • ASTTBC-registered professionals are appropriately recognized in government legislation

2010’s

  • Membership 10,500
  • Introduction of RTMgr certification recognizing AScTs and CTechs involved in supervision, management or leadership in the technology fields
  • EGBC (formerly APEGBC)-ASTTBC joint PTech Task Force formed to introduce the Professional Technologist (PTech) designation for BC
  • Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) fully integrated with ASTTBC certification as an online tool
  • Introduction of mandatory CPD reporting implemented
  • Enhancement of professional accountability with the introduction of Practice Assessment Reviews
  • Launch of the TechJOBS Career Listing and Job Posting service for members and employers
  • Development of initiatives/services to assist Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP), First Nations and People with Disabilities
  • Labour Market Information studies conducted with EGBC, ACEC-BC