ASTTBC welcomes applied science and engineering technology professionals who have obtained their education and/or trained outside of Canada and works fairly to efficiently evaluate all applications to determine if they meet the standards for entry to practice in British Columbia.  

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 are completed and submitted prior to January 1, 2024.

A new application handbook for international applicants exists to assist applicants’ in familiarizing themselves with ASTTBC’s registration requirements, please click here to view and download. Educational, experiential, and competency requirements, as well as ASTTBC policies and procedures, in place at the time a complete application is submitted, will apply.

Registration Requirements for Applied Science Technologists and Certified Technicians

Academic Requirements

Applicants who have obtained their education outside of Canada (excluding applicants who have completed an accredited education program from a country listed in the Sydney or Dublin Accords as these are recognized as substantially equivalent to an accredited education program in Canada) must demonstrate equivalent competence required for the applicant’s requested class, sub-class, and discipline as set out in Schedule A of the bylaws.

Applied Science Technologist applicants must demonstrate evidence of competence approved by the credentials committee as being equivalent to a two-year post-secondary diploma and successful completion of a certification examination.

Certified Technician applicants must demonstrate evidence of competence approved by the credentials committee as being equivalent to a one-year accredited post-secondary certificate program.

The Credentials Committee approved the following as evidence of competence as being equivalent to a two-year post-secondary diploma program:
a. Training, coursework or formal education that is equivalent to a minimum of 60 credit hours of education (2 years full time) and demonstrates equivalency to the learning outcomes as defined at Part 2 of Schedule A of the ASTTBC Bylaws; and
b. Successful completion of a certification exam listed in Schedule B that is in the same discipline as the application or if a discipline-specific certification exam is not listed in Schedule B, the successful completion of the “fundamentals of technology certification exam.”

The Credentials Committee approves the following as evidence of competence as being equivalent to a one-year post-secondary diploma program:
a. Training, coursework or formal education that is equivalent to a minimum of 30 credit hours of education (1 year full time) and demonstrates equivalency to the general learning outcomes as defined at Part 3 of Schedule A of the ASTTBC Bylaws.

Experiential Requirements

Technologist and technician applicants who have obtained their relevant work experience outside of Canada must have completed 24 months (3,600 hours) of progressive, relevant work experience of which a minimum of 12 months (1,800 hours) must be at the appropriate profile of practice at Appendix A to Schedule A in the bylaws.

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

If the applicant has not completed the required work experience, they may be eligible for the trainee category of registration while they work to obtain the required work experience. Applicants are required to complete the Trainee Application and Supervision Agreement, pay the application fee online, and submit the application along with other required information as indicated in the application form including the Good Character Form to registrations@asttbc.org.

Competency Requirements

In addition to the education and experience requirements outlined above, an applicant must demonstrate they meet the general and discipline-specific competencies for their requested class and discipline as outlined in Schedule A of the ASTTBC bylaws. These include meeting all required mandatory general competencies and at least 5 discipline-specific competencies as set out in Schedule A of the bylaws. All applicants for Applied Science Technologist or Certified Technician are required to select a discipline.

If you are unsure what level of certification you may be eligible for, we recommend completing the following self-assessment by visiting https://www.engineeringtechnologycanada.ca/en. This tool developed by Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) will assist you in determining if you are eligible for certification as a Technician, Technologist, or Registered Technical Specialists.

How to Apply for Registration as an Internationally Trained Professional

Information on the ASTTBC Application process can be found below. Please click here for a general overview of ASTTBC’s application process. The fees associated with the application and registration process are outlined in Schedule C of the ASTTBC bylaws. Please note there may be additional costs associated with applying to ASTTBC as an internationally trained professional (i.e., cost of a third-party credential assessment, translation services, or English language proficiency testing).

  • Step 1: Gather documentation to support your application

    It is recommended that applicants start the process of gathering the required documents before starting the application process and paying any fees. This will assist in making sure your application can be processed as efficiently as possible.

    Internationally trained professionals must provide the following documentation as part of their application process in English or have it translated into English:

    • Government issued photo ID with legal name that matches official documents required for the application
    • Education documents (original or official copies of transcripts, certificates, diplomas or degrees)
    • Credential Assessment (ASTTBC accepts a comprehensive assessment which provides a course-by-course evaluation from a recognized credentialing agency such as WES or ICES)
      • The credential assessment must be sent directly to ASTTBC by the third-party credentialing agency. In circumstances where the third-party does not provide paper records, ASTTBC will accept documentation in an electronic format directly from the third-party via email.
      • A copy of your official transcripts is attached to the credential assessment report provided to ASTTBC by the third-party credentialing agency and will be used by ASTTBC to evaluate that the courses you have completed meet ASTTBC’s educational requirements for the class of registration. You are not required to provide ASTTBC with an official transcript. However, if you provided copies of transcripts instead of official transcripts to the third-party credentials assessor, you are required to arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to ASTTBC
      • If you are unable to obtain official transcripts from your academic institution, please contact ASTTBC directly for further instruction
      • Please note that if any of your official documents are written in a language other than English, they must be translated by a certified translator into English. You are responsible for any costs involved in the translation process.
        • All translated documents must include: (1) The translator’s official stamp and/or identification number, address, phone number, and date of translation
        • A statement by the translator that it is a true representation of the original document(s)
        • The printed name and original signature of the translator
      • Course outlines
      • Proof of English language proficiency (please see English Language Proficiency policy for further information)
    • If not a Canadian citizen, copy of permanent resident card or work permit
    • Prepare a summary of your employment history
    • your most recent, relevant job description signed by your supervisor. If you have change your job within 6 months, your previous job description is also required.
    • Minimum of 3 references that can validate you meet the requirements for registration including experiential and competency requirements, and you are a person of good character and repute and are fit to practice consistent with the responsibilities and standards expected of a registrant. Confirm with your references that they are willing and able to provide a reference in English.
    • Written description on completed education and work experience that demonstrates substantial equivalence to the competencies required for the class, sub-class, discipline and/or endorsement for which they applied
    • Competency summary signed by your supervisor
  • Step 2: Proceed to asttbcapply.ca and create an account

    Applications are submitted through ASTTBC’s online application platform. You are required to create an account in order to submit your application to ASTTBC.

  • Step 3: Complete the application form and competency self-assessment

    The application form is available through the online application system and is only accessible once an individual has made an online account.

    As part of your application, you are required to complete a self-declaration of competencies which includes selecting a discipline for your class or sub-class. You must select your discipline-specific competencies (minimum of 5) and identify the indicators of performance. Once you have completed this, you are required to rank them according to your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    You are then required to select all general competencies for your class of registration. These are mandatory and therefore an applicant must identify they have met all the general competencies. It is important to ensure that you have provided written descriptions of how your education and work experience meet each competency claimed as applications without this supporting documentation will not be processed.

    Please note the application system will not allow you to submit your application if you have not selected the required competencies for registration.

  • Step 4: Upload all required documentation under the Attachments section

    All required documentation should be uploaded for submission. After submitting your application, ASTTBC will contact you should there be any documentation missing. Please note that missing documentation may cause delays in processing your application for registration.

  • Step 5: Review and Submit application and payment

    All sections of the application form must be completed before an application is processed. Once submitted, if there are any incomplete sections, ASTTBC registration staff will contact the applicant and direct them to complete all required sections of the application form.

  • Step 6: Arrange for all third-party documentation be sent directly to ASTTBC

    The onus is on the applicant to arrange for all third-party documentation be sent directly to ASTTBC (i.e. WES or ICES comprehensive assessment report)

Once your application is submitted: NEXT STEPS IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS…

  • Document Collection

    All applicants will receive an initial email to acknowledge their application, any clarification required, and any outstanding items.  During this phase, ASTTBC requests and/or files documentation received from third parties (e.g., referees, credential assessment, letters of good standing, verification of certification etc.) and reminds applicants of any outstanding information required in order to review their file. The onus is on applicants to ensure that all required documentation is sent to ASTTBC.

  • File review

    An applicant is notified their application is ready for file review once all the required documentation has been collected. The application will be reviewed by two qualified individuals (file reviewers) for evaluation and recommendation. These file reviewers will review and provide an assessment report to the credentials committee that recommends whether an applicant’s education and experience meet the requirements for registration.

  • Review by Credentials Committee

    After file review, the Credentials Committee review the application and assessment report provided by the file reviewers and may require clarification, request further information, or determine the applicant has met the basic requirements for registrant and is permitted to proceed to writing the required exams. The Credentials Committee may also reject the application if the applicant has not demonstrated they meet the requirements for registration.

  • Complete required examinations

    Applicants are required to successfully complete the Professional Practice and Ethics examination and/or other required certification examinations (see exams page for further information on exams).

  • Approval of Application and Placement on the Register

    Once all required examinations have been successfully completed and applicants have received written notice that they have passed, ASTTBC will send an invoice for the required registration fees. Upon receipt of the payment, ASTTBC will issue a registration number and certificate and the applicant will be added to the Register.

Resource List

To assist our internationally trained professionals, we have created a list of resources available to help with employment and skills development.

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