Basic Requirements

Applicants for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) or Certified Technician (CTech) require post-secondary education qualification and relevant work experience. The minimum requirements are:

  1. Education: for AScT, a Diploma of Technology or equivalent; for CTech, a Certificate of Technology or equivalent
  2. Work experience: Completion of 24 months (3,600 hours) progressive, relevant work experience of which a minimum of 12 months (1,800 hours) must be at the technologist/technician profile of practice or higher and in a Canadian work environment

For more details about registration requirements please check Part IV and Schedule A of the ASTTBC Bylaws.

View: The application process
Stream of entry for Applied Science Technologist
Stream of entry for Applied Science Technician

Accredited Programs

  • ROWPs

    Training programs specific to the British Columbia Sewerage System Regulation and Standard Practices are available through:

    Note these programs are not accredited/endorsed by ASTTBC, please contact the training providers directly for information.

  • Recognized Training for Registered Fire Protection Technician

    Portable Fire Extinguishers

    • BCIT- OCHS 1410, or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam

    Unit Emergency Lighting Systems    

    • Electrical Fundamentals[1] and
    • BCIT- Fire 2077, or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam           

    Fire Alarm Systems

    • Electrical Fundamentals and
    • BCIT- Fire 2084, or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam

    Water-Based Systems         

    • BCIT- Fire 2080, or
    • Equivalent course, Red Seal Sprinkler Fitter or
    • 80% on challenge exam

    Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning  

    • Philip Ackland Course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam           

    Special Fire Suppression Systems (Pre-Engineered OR Custom Engineered)           

    • BCIT – Fire 2088, or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam           

    Fire Pumps   

    • 80% on challenge exam

    Smoke Control Systems
    Pre-Requisite is registration in the Fire Alarm Systems endorsement AND

    • BCIT- Fire 2086, or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam         

    Generator Systems  

    • Electrical Fundamentals or
    • Red Seal Electrician (Industrial or Construction)
    • Red Seal mechanic, or
    • Heavy-duty mechanic, or
    • Automobile mechanic, and

    80% on challenge exam

  • Fundamental electrical and electronics competencies

    A. Electrical Fundamentals

    • BCIT – 1050 Electrical for Fire Protection, or
    • Equivalent course that includes:

    Basic Electrical theory – Ohm’s law, Kirchoff’s law, magnetism, energy generation and the dangers of higher A/C voltages. Understanding the Canadian Electrical Code with reference to the following areas:

    • Electrical safety
    • Conductors: sizing, insulation types, voltage ratings and other conductor characteristics,
    • Grounding of conduit systems and enclosures – Section 10,
    • Wiring methods, conduit and cable installation,
    • Protection and control of electrical circuits – overcurrent protection (fuses & breakers).
    • Disconnecting means, class 1 & 2 circuits – Section 14, and

    B. Electronics Fundamentals

    Principles of electronics applicable to life safety systems, including fire alarms and building automation systems including analogue and digital systems and their applications.

    • Measurement techniques to verify the operation of a circuit
    • Make and follow a troubleshooting plan
    • Isolate, verify and repair circuit faults
    • Use Basic Electronic Test Equipment
    • Use a bench power supply, multimeter, oscilloscope and function generator
    • Understand the limitations of measurement equipment
    • To read electronic schematic diagrams.
    • Understand the basic electronic theory as it applies to electron flow and current flow, impedance, inductance, capacitance and modulation.
    • Explain rectification of A/C power, the theory and operation of charging circuits, batteries, voltage regulation, and know how to test these systems.
    • Understand and identify amplifier circuits, filtering circuits, op amps, switching circuits and other electronic circuits.
    • Know the use and be able to identify diodes (all types), transistors (all types), capacitors, and resistors, as in their colour code.
    • The knowledge of basic digital and analog technology, and integrated circuits should be displayed.
  • Recognized Training for Certified House Inspector

    BCIT BLDG 2915 House
    Inspection 1,

    BCIT BLDG 2925 House
    Inspection 2,

    BCIT BLOC 2935 House
    Inspection 3: Report Writing,

    BCIT BLOC 2945 House
    Inspection 4: Field Inspection

    BCIT BLOC 1500 BC Building Code Part 9,

    BCIT BLOC 3050 Building Envelope Performance,

    OR

    equivalent post-secondary training satisfying the competencies for inspecting residential properties to applicable codes, standards and bylaws

    OR

    Successful completion of the ASTTBC House Inspection Competency Exam

    Certified Property Inspector (CPI)
    Be registered as a practising CTech or AScT in the Building, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, or related discipline, and

    Successful completion of

    Okanagan College (Vernon) CON 051 Commercial Inspections,

    Okanagan College (Vernon) CON 055 Advanced Building Envelope,

    Okanagan College (Vernon) CON 056 Building Code for Commercial Inspections, and

    RJ & Associates Inspecting Hazardous Materials,

    or equivalent post-secondary training satisfying the competencies for inspecting commercial properties to applicable codes, standards, and bylaws

  • Registered Reserve Fund Analyst (Limited) (RRFAL)

    Be registered as a practising CHI, and

    Successful completion of Okanagan College (Vernon) CON 052 Strata Depreciation Reporting and Okanagan College (Vernon), CON 053

  • Registered Reserve Fund Analyst (RRFA)

    Be registered as a practising CPI, and

    Successful completion of Okanagan College (Vernon) CON 052 Strata Depreciation Reporting and

    Okanagan College (Vernon) CON 053

    Or equivalent post-secondary training satisfying the competencies for inspecting, analyzing and preparing depreciation reports to applicable codes, standards, and bylaws.

     

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredited programs

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants are requested to create a free online account in order to save the information entered. Non-refundable application fee must be received before an application will be processed.

  1. Select the certification category (AScT or CTech)
  2. Select Option A (graduates from a recognized program – details in Schedule G, ASTTBC Bylaws) or Option B (Graduates from a non-recognized program or internationally trained professionals)
  3. Select level of certification (Technologist or Technician)
  4. Select a discipline
  5. Complete self-assessment (refer to Canadian Technology Standards)
    • Claim 5 discipline-specific competencies including 3 mandatory ones and select indicators of performance for each claimed competency
    • Prioritize your competencies and make the one that most reflect your experience and education the most on top.
    • (Option B only) Rating each of general competencies, and select indicators of performance where requires (GC02/04 for Technologist level and GC02 for Technician level)
  6. Complete application and submit:
    • Select type of application
    • Enter personal information
    • Enter home address and contact information
    • Enter education information
    • Select employment status and enter employment information
    • Enter referees’ information
    • Provide ‘education and work experience related to each self-assessed competency claimed’, as well as that related to each general competency if choosing Option B (provide specific information relevant to the particular competency)
    • Upload required documents as attachments to the application (course outline or syllabus is required for graduates from non-accredited programs)
    • Read ‘ASTTBC Code of Ethics and Practice Guideline’ and ‘ASTTBC Privacy Statement’ and check the appropriate boxes
    • Submit application and pay application fee online, or call ASTTBC office to provide credit card information for payment
    • Request the original and official transcript of marks to be sent to ASTTBC directly from institution (for overseas education, full version of WES or ICES assessment report is required in lieu of original transcript)
  7. Applicants will be required to complete ASTTBC Professional Practice & Ethics (PP&E) exam (payment for the exam is required) if they meet educational and experiential requirements for registration.

Transfer of Registration

An individual registered as a Technologist or Technician in another province may apply for transfer of their certification under the terms of the Canada Free Trade Agreement. To initiate the process, please:

  1. Complete Sections A to C of the Interprovincial Transfer Application in full
  2. Follow the instruction to submit application online

Internationally Trained Professionals

Internationally trained professionals that have equivalent education and work experience in other countries may be granted Trainee registration if they have not achieved required work experience in Canada. There will be a separate application process for Trainee.

Application for Trainee

Apply for Trainee registration if you have completed the educational requirements but have not completed required experiential requirements for practising registrants. Complete Trainee Application and Supervision Agreement, pay application fee online, submit application along with other required information as indicated in the application form including Good Character Form to registrations@asttbc.org.

Application for Student

If you are a full-time student enrolled in a technology program at a post-secondary institution, you may apply as a Student Registrant.

More Information

Please contact registration staff for further assistance:

Sneha Khilwani, Coordinator, Registrations – for AScT, CTech and PTech/RTMgr
Email: skhilwani@asttbc.org
Tel: (604) 585-2788 ext. 233

Baljinder Kullar, Coordinator, Registrations – for ROWP, CSO, RCSO, CPWI, RPWT and RULT
Email: bkullar@asttbc.org
Tel: (604) 585-2788 ext. 258

Erin Macedo, Coordinator, Registrations – for RFPT, CPI/CHI, RBD/CRD, RSIS, and RSD/CSD
Email: emacedo@asttbc.org
Tel: (604) 585-2788 ext. 247