Successful completion of exams may be required as part of ASTTBC’s registration requirements. The type of exams and requirements will depend on the designation being applied for. Staff will advise the applicant directly when an exam is required during the application/registration process.

Exam policy and procedures

Please read the ASTTBC examination policy and procedures for details including the exam rules. Examinees are required to review this document before completing any exams.

Exams

  • Professional practice and ethics (PP&E) exam

    Who: required for all ASTTBC registrations, except student applications

    When: completed after an applicant has satisfied all other requirements for registration, staff will advise

    Location: online, self-administered

    Time: 2 hours

    Passing score: 80.0%

    Questions: 60, with weighted scoring

    Format: multiple choice, true or false, matching

    Study resources:

    The exam is open book, only these specific resources may be used during this exam. Reading, studying and understanding these resources before attempting the exam is important to be able to complete the exam within the time limit.

  • AScT: technology certification exams

    ASTTBC has partnered with ASET (Association of Science Engineering Technology Professional of Alberta) and Meazure Learning (exam proctoring services) for the technology certification exams for AScT registration.

    Who: required for applicants who have not completed a TAC technologist-level accredited program for the discipline or applicants who graduated from an accredited program but are applying for a different discipline than completed education, and there is a discipline-specific exam available or applicants who 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 (handbooks linked):

    *If there is no discipline-specific certification exam available for your discipline, you will be assigned the fundamentals of technology exam.

    When: completed after an applicant has satisfied all other requirements for registration, staff will advise

    Location: administered on a computer in one of Meazure Learning’s exam centres or through a virtual proctoring service. The virtual proctoring method of exam delivery uses a webcam with a virtual proctor to allow the candidate to write the exam from a home or work office. This method has additional requirements that are outlined in the certification handbook.

    Time: the exam is closed book and is three hours in duration.

    Passing score: varies depending on certification exam. See applicable certification handbook for details on the passing score.

    Format: the examination consists of 110 multiple-choice questions, including questions with graphs, diagrams, and schematics and questions that require calculations. There are 10 experimental questions of the 110 that are not counted towards the candidate’s exam score. These items are used for future exam development following the Embedded Field Testing Method. Each multiple-choice question has four answer options, only one of which is correct. Exam questions vary in the level of cognitive difficulty.

    Certification exam handbooks: the certification exam handbooks from ASET contain information about exam content, study materials and practice exams, exam time and location, calculator policy, and exam results. If your discipline isn’t one of the discipline-specific exams, please use the fundamentals of technology handbook.  Handbooks are linked above.

    Exam schedule:



    Exam date Registration deadline (including rescheduling/cancellations requests*)
    END OF DAY


    Wednesday, 17 January 2024
    (all locations)
    14 December 2023


    Wednesday, 13 March 2024
    (all locations)
    9 February 2024


    Wednesday, 15 May 2024
    (virtual only)
    12 April 2024


    Wednesday, 17 July 2024
    (all locations)
    13 June 2024


    Monday, 9 September 2024
    (all locations)
    6 August 2024


    Tuesday, 26 November 2024
    (virtual only)
    23 October 2024


    *Note – Reschedules or cancellations of registered exams after the deadline date are subject to payment of the full exam fee.

  • CHI: challenge exam

    Submission of a complete online application for registration is required before completing the exam, please see the CHI/CPI page for details.

    Contact registrations@asttbc.org for information on this challenge exam.

  • RFPT: challenge exams

    Who: challenge exams are available for all RFPT endorsements.

    Completion of a challenge exam is mandatory for the FP (stationary fire pumps) and GS (emergency generator systems) endorsements.

    Applicants who have not completed the educational requirements for an endorsement may also request to complete a challenge exam when applying for registration. Please see the RFPT page for information on registration.

    When: a challenge exam is completed after the submission of a complete RFPT application for the endorsement. Successful completion of the challenge exam is required before the application can proceed to file review.

    Location: paper-based, proctored in-person exam

    Time: 3 hours

    Passing Score: 80.0%

    Format: exams are open-book, specific details on the exam format, study resources, and proctoring will be provided by the registration coordinator once an applicant has registered for the exam.

  • ROWP: jurisprudence exam

    Who: required for ROWP applicants

    When: completed after an applicant has satisfied all other ROWP  requirements for registration including the PP&E exam.

    Location: online, proctored virtually or in person at a testing center

    Time: 1.5 hours

    Passing score: 70.0%

    Questions: 25, with weighted scoring

    Format: multiple choice, true or false, matching

    Study resources:

    The exam is open book, only these specific resources may be used during this exam. Reading, studying and understanding these resources before attempting the exam is important to be able to complete the exam within the time limit.

Exam FAQs

  • How do I register for an exam?

    The registration coordinator assigned to your application file will advise when an exam is required and how to register.

  • How much does the exam cost?

    Fees are listed in the ASTTBC bylaws. Payment is required for each exam and each attempt. Exam fees are non-refundable.

    • $270.38 plus GST for ASTTBC exams
    • $286.67 plus GST for technology certification exams
  • What are the exam rules & procedures?

    Please read section 3.5.1 of the ASTTBC examination policy and procedures for the requirements.

  • How many times can I take an exam?

    An applicant has three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Payment of the exam fee is required for each exam attempt.

    Applicants who fail an exam three times must apply to the credentials committee for permission to write the exam again.

  • After a failed exam attempt, how long do I have to wait to rewrite an exam?

    There is a two-week waiting period to rewrite an exam after the first attempt.

    There is a one-month waiting period for any subsequent attempt.

  • How long do I need to wait for results?

    The final score and next steps are communicated directly to the examinee by email as soon as practicable.

    ASTTBC online exams

    At the end of the exam, you will be provided with an exam score. Note, the score is provisional until the results are reviewed and confirmed by registration staff.

    Paper-based exams

    The length of time to receive your results may depend on factors outside of ASTTBC’s control (i.e. Canada Post delivery delays).

    Certification exams

    Candidates are emailed their exam results within two to three weeks after the exam date.

  • How can I get a copy of my exam?

    Due to confidentiality of the exam, copies are not provided for passed or failed exams.

  • How do I request special accommodations for the exam?

    Special accommodations to take the exam may be requested for documented reasons like medical, learning disability, etc. Requests for accommodation must be submitted in writing, with supporting documentation, at least 30 days before the date of exam. Please read section 3.13 of the ASTTBC examination policy and procedures for details.