Please be advised that new registration requirements and procedures have come into effect as of January 1, 2024. For more information, please read through the following Notice on Upcoming Registration Changes. These new requirements will not apply to those who have current applications with ASTTBC that were completed and submitted prior to January 1, 2024.

ATTENTION: Registered Technical Specialists (RTS)

ASTTBC is in consultation on the Registered Technical Specialist (RTS) designations. It is uncertain whether all RTS subclasses will continue with ASTTBC beyond 2025. Please read the RTS Review Consultation page and update for full details before starting your application.  Please note,  if an RTS group is eventually discontinued, the application fee and other registration fees will not be refundable. In accordance with the RTS Final Report, RFPT and ROWP classes will not be impacted by the above.  


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 two-year accredited diploma in applied science or engineering technology, or equivalent and certification exam; for CTech, a one-year accredited certificate in applied science or engineering 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

Competency Summaries

Effective January 1, 2024, all AScT and CTech applicants will need to demonstrate they fulfill the experiential requirements using the work competency summary as a tool to assist. These discipline specific working competencies are listed in the drop-down below. If there is no discipline-specific competency summary available, applicants will be required to complete the “general” working competencies. Applicants are able to assess their work experience is at the technologist or technician level.

The competency summary will need to be submitted as part of your initial application.

Instructions for completing the report are included within the document and a sample summary is available for review.

Competency Summaries

Certification Exams

AScT applicants who have completed a non-accredited education will be required to successfully complete a certification exam.

The certification exam is designed to test entry-level skill and knowledge of applied science and engineering technologists who have:

  • graduated from technologist-level program that is not accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada and are applying for AScT or;
  • graduated from an accredited program but are applying for a different discipline than completed education, and there is a discipline-specific exam available; or  
  • have completed a technician-level program in applied science and engineering technology and are seeking reclassification from CTech to AScT.

The following certification exams are available:

  • Architectural
  • Civil
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanical
  • Petroleum
  • Fundamentals of technology

If you completed a non-accredited program or are reclassifying and there is no discipline-specific certification exam available for your discipline, you will be assigned the fundamentals of technology exam.

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

View: The application process

Accredited Programs

  • AScT/CTech

    Programs accredited by Technology Accreditations Canada (TAC) (including those programs with accreditation status through Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)) and a second stream for those without an accredited education. Please note there will also be a grandfathering period for programs that were treated in practice due to policy or procedures by ASTTBC, as the equivalent of an accredited program in 2023, if that applicant commenced the program prior to January 1, 2024. Please contact registrations@asttbc.org for further information on the grandfathered programs.

    Accredited programs    Programs treated under pathway A

  • Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP)

    For information on the application process, go to the ROWP page.

  • Registered Fire Protection Technician (RFPT)

    For information on the application process, go to the RFPT page.

  • 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.

     

  • Construction Safety Officer (CSO)

    CSO recognized courses:

    • BCIT CNST 1100 – Construction Safety Officer Training
    • Care Institute: Construction Safety Officer Training
    • Safety Central – Construction Safety Officer Training
    • Universal Health TSC/CSO – Safety Management Training

    Please contact registrations@asttbc.org for information about the CSO registration requirements and how to apply.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants are requested to create a free online account before starting an application. Non-refundable application fee must be received before an application will be processed.

Here are the tips to complete application:

  1. Applicants for AScT or CTech applying from Path A are not required to declare general or discipline-specific competencies. Please indicate “n/a” in all sections of the discipline-specific competencies in order to move the application along. Applicants in Path A applying for a discipline that differs from their accredited education must declare a minimum of 5 discipline-specific competencies and provide details of education and/or experience related to each competency.
  2. Applicants for AScT or CTech from path B, C and D are required to declare all 10 general competencies and a minimum of 5 discipline-specific competencies. Applicants are also required to rate themselves for all 10 general competencies. Applicants must provide details of education and/or experience related to each general and discipline-specific competency.
  3. All applicants for AScT and CTech are required to complete a competency summary signed by your supervisor. This document should be uploaded in the Attachment tab of the application.
  4. Applicants are required to request an original and official transcript sent to ASTTBC directly from the institution, either by mail (to: 10767 148 Street, Surrey, BC V3R 0S4) or email (to: registrations@asttbc.org). You don’t have to upload a copy of your transcript in your application; Registration staff will do that once the original has been received from your school.
  5. Internationally trained technology professionals (ITTP) are required to submit a WES or ICES full version assessment report in lieu of original and official transcript. The report must be sent from the assessor to ASTTBC directly.
  6. Applicants graduated from non-accredited programs are required to submit a course outline (course-by-course description of learning objectives). The document should be uploaded in the Attachment tab of the application.
  7. Applicants who have not completed a secondary or post-secondary diploma instructed in English may be required to provide evidence of meeting English language requirement.
  8. Applicants who have military background are required to submit a most recent MPRR. A scanned copy should be attached to the application in Attachment section.
  9. A copy of current or most recent job description signed by direct supervisor is required, it can be uploaded in the Attachment section.
  10. Two pieces of ID are required to be uploaded to the attachment section. Check here for the requirement and accepted IDs.
  11. All 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.

Please read through Inactive Application Policy carefully before proceeding your application.

GradTech, Associates, and Provisionals Applying for Reclassification

The Graduate Technologist, Graduate Technician, and Associate category of registration is in the process of “sunsetting” and will cease to exist as of January 1, 2025, to align with current legislation, bylaws, and regulations. ASTTBC invites all Graduate Technologists, Graduate Technicians, Associates, and Provisionals to reclassify to either the practicing or trainee category of registration. 

If you are currently registered as a GradTech, click here for more information on how to apply for reclassification.

If you are currently registered as an Associate, click here for more information on how to apply for reclassification.

If you are currently registered as a Provisional, please contact registration staff for further information.

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, B, C and D of the Interprovincial Transfer Application in full
  2. Follow the instruction to submit application online

Internationally Trained Professionals

ASTTBC has published a webpage specifically tailored for Internationally educated/trained professionals. Click here for further information. 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 an accredited technology program at a post-secondary institution, you may apply as a Student Registrant.

Other Classes of Registration

Please visit the Registered Technical Specialist page for information.

More Information

Contact registrations@asttbc.org for assistance.  Please include the class of registration or designation you are seeking information on.