History

A few highlights from more than 40 years of service to technologists and technicians:

1958

Establish the Society of Architectural and Engineering Technologists of BC (SETBC)

1970

Membership 700

1974

Begin accreditation of technology programs at BCIT and BC colleges

1980

Membership 3,000

1983

Joint Statement on the Engineering Team with Professional Engineers

1985

Incorporate under our own Act recognizing ASTTBC as a self-governing professional association

1988

Arrange reasonably-priced professional liability insurance for technologists and technicians

1990

Establish Industry Liaison Program to enhance employer recognition of AScT’s and CTech’s Establish FEAT, a charitable foundation to advance technology, technological education and professional development

Establish FEAT, a charitable foundation to advance technology, technological education and professional development

1991

Joint Statement of Principles with the Professional Foresters

1992

Get AScT’s and CTech’s referenced in Ministry of Transportation & Highways and in the Ministry of Forests Technical Consultants’ Registry

1993

Publish CAREER MANAGER®

1995

Joint Statement of Principles with the Professional Biologists

Membership 7,000

Host international symposium on technician education and training

First province to provide Special Certification for expertise such as building design, construction safety, fire protection, site improvements surveys and timber cruising

1996

Rank in the top five (5) professional associations in an independent cross-Canada survey

First ‘Limited Licence’ in Engineering issued to an AScT
Produce TechWORKS! video and teachers’ guide and distribute to every high school in British Columbia

1997

Memorandum of Understanding with Professional Biologists.

Publish Member Compensation Survey ’97

1998

Introduce dental plan and discounts on home mortgages as new member services

Start ‘Techworks! High School Project’ with a grant from HRDC and organize 60 technology work placements for students in three school districts

1999

Publish Member Compensation Survey ’99 on Web.

Introduce 3 additional member services.

Prior Learning Assessment Review (PLAR) added to certification process.

2000

Sign Memorandum of Understanding with the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.

2001

Form Joint Task Force with APEGBC to investigate enhanced strategic alliance.

ASTTBC members included as ‘Qualified Professionals’ in Municipal Sewage Regulations and in Streamside Protection Regulations.

2002

Council ‘approval-in-principle’ for the merger of ASTTBC and APEGBC; agreement to transfer members in forest resource technology to the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

2003

Revised Foresters Act includes Registered Forest Technologists. Forest tech’s transferred to the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

2004

Proposed merger with APEGBC called off by Councils of both Associations. ASTTBC continued its work to ensure all qualified. Registered professionals are appropriately recognized in government legislation

2005

ASTTBC hosts ‘Building Careers In Technology’ conference that addresses the need for technologists and technicians in a time of coming skills shortage. It brought together industry, educators, government and associations and lead to the ‘Shaping Our Future’ position paper.

A general Member Survey was conducted in 2005 to provide Council with input for strategic directions.

2006

ASTT e-News implemented. Member Compensation Survey conducted.