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 Certified 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
    • Vancouver Fire “Fundamental Six”, or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam

    Unit Emergency Lighting Systems    

    • Electrical Fundamentals[1] and
    • BCIT- Fire 2077, or
    • Vancouver Fire “Fundamental Six” (not including electrical competency), or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam           

    Fire Alarm Systems

    • Electrical Fundamentals and
    • BCIT- Fire 2084, or
    • Vancouver Fire “Fundamental Six” (not including electrical competency), or
    • Equivalent course, or
    • 80% on challenge exam

    Water-Based Systems         

    • BCIT- Fire 2080, or
    • Equivalent course, Red Seal Sprinkler Fitter or
    • Vancouver Fire “Fundamental Six”, 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,


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


    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 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 applying for AScT or CTech are required to declare a minimum of 5 discipline-specific competencies including 3 mandatory competencies. Applicants from path B, C and D are also required to rate themselves for all 8 general competencies. Details of education and/or experience related to each competencies must be provided as where, when and how the competency has been achieved.
  2. 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: You don’t have to upload a copy of your transcript in your application; Registration staff will do when receiving the original copy from your school.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants graduated from non-approved 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A copy of current or most recent job description signed by direct supervisor is required, it can be uploaded in the Attachment section.
  8. Two pieces of ID are required to be uploaded to the attachment section. Check here for the requirement and accepted IDs.
  9. 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.

GradTech Applying for Reclassification

The Graduate Technologist and Graduate Technician 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 and Graduate Technicians to reclassify to either the practicing or trainee category of registration. 

Registrants who submit their application by June 30, 2023, will receive a 25% refund on the application fee. This refund will be returned to the same credit card that was used to submit the application; refunds will be complete by September 1, 2023, or earlier.

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

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 and C 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

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
Tel: (604) 585-2788 ext. 233

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

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