Every province in Canada has an association, like ASTTBC, which provides their members with the professional recognition demanded and trusted by employers. ASTTBC designates its members as AScT (Applied Science Technologist) or CTech (Certified Technician). These credentials may vary in other provinces, but both membership categories are fully transportable across Canada and in many countries around the world.
For ITPs who have not graduated from accredited technology programs in Canada, membership in a professional association such as ASTTBC should serve as equivalency, given that ASTTBC’s certification process guarantees that registered members have the educational requirements to meet the conditions of the subject accord or agreement.
Certification is one of the two components required for registration as an AScT or CTech with ASTTBC, the other being successful completion of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics courses and exams, given by ASTTBC. This is a critical quality assurance component for registration, and the standards applied to ITPs are identical to those required of domestic applicants.
This is a great opportunity for ASTTBC as it will provide greater resources in the work we are doing to enhance the experiences of ITPs as they seek recognition and start to build careers in BC. The BC Government is doing a lot to assist self-governing professional regulatory bodies like ASTTBC better serve ITPs.–John Leech, AScT, CAE, CEO, ASTTBC
In my short time at ASTTBC I have come to realize what a great job ASTTBC does in its role as a professional regulator. While we have a great foundation in place, there is more we can do and the BC Government funding will serve as a catalyst to bring about enhancements.–Dr. Charles Joyner, AScT, Registrar, ASTTBC