Profiles of Technology Professionals
Applications are reviewed by a Board of Examiners for acceptance and classification. Our certification is based on a national standard which ensures portability throughout Canada.
We also register Graduate Technologists and Technicians, Associate Members, Student Technologists and Technicians and Students.
Applied Science Technologist
The Applied Science Technologist is a professional capable of assuming and exercising independent judgment to develop and manage technology. This is achieved by reason of academics, training and experience in the application of known principles of science and mathematics. The technologist is a graduate of an accredited diploma program, or equivalent, who has completed two or more years of progressive experience in an area of work directly related to the program.
The Applied Science Technologist may carry out a wide range of complex work either independently or under general direction in fields such as engineering, architecture, surveying, forestry, biosciences, allied health, and resource or systems management. Typical activities include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspection, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management, technical sales and teaching. Such activities may be carried out in association with other professionals.
The Applied Science Technologist uses an applied approach based on a comprehensive understanding of a specific technology. The technologist evaluates assignments, determines procedures and implements solutions, schedules work to meet objectives, participates in short and long-range planning, and may become involved in developing and promoting conceptual change.
The Applied Science Technologist may assume managerial or administrative responsibility for a wide range of technical endeavors. The technologist may supervise and co-ordinate a diverse working group and train less experienced technical and professional staff.
The Applied Science Technologist will assume responsibility for work performed and is at all times bound by a professional code of ethics, the Professional Governance Act (PGA), and other applicable legislation. The Applied Science Technologist is recognized by the designation AScT.
The Certified Technician is a professional capable of carrying out responsible and varied technical tasks usually in a specialized portion of the field of applied science technology by virtue of academic qualifications, training and experience. The technician is a graduate of an accredited certificate program, or equivalent, who has completed two or more years of progressive experience in an area of work directly related to the program.
The Certified Technician generally uses a practical approach based on a detailed understanding of standard methods and techniques in solving technical problems. The technician works under general supervision in fields such as engineering, architecture, surveying, forestry, biosciences, allied health, and resource or systems management. Typical activities include testing, trouble-shooting, inspection, calibration, design drafting, quality control, maintenance, modeling, data compilation, estimating, sales, surveying and field supervision.
The Certified Technician examines assignments, objectives and instructions to select procedures and actions to resolve the assigned problem. While some duties of the technician may be similar to skilled crafts or trades workers, these would apply to sophisticated equipment or processes and be of a non-routine nature. Many of the duties of the technician are similar to those of technologists and other professionals, but normally will be in a select area of specialization. The technician may, through long experience in the field, become recognized as a technical expert.
The Certified Technician will assume responsibility for work performed and is at all times bound by a professional code of ethics, the Professional Governance Act (PGA), and other applicable legislation. The Certified Technician is recognized by the designation CTech.
Persons approved by the Board of Examiners, who are employed, or practise, in a recognized field of applied science and have a minimum grade twelve education, but lack the full academics required for certification; or persons who have the academic qualifications for certification, but have not satisfied the experience requirement. The Associate must show the intent or ability to eventually gain certification.
Persons approved by the Board of Examiners, who have successfully graduated from an accredited program of studies leading to registration as an Applied Science Technologist or Certified Technician.
The Graduate Technologist may designate themselves as a GradTech.
The Graduate Technician may designate themselves as a GradTech.
Persons approved by the Board of Examiners, who are enrolled in an accredited or ‘recognized’ program of technology studies approved by the Board of Examiners.