Benefits of Registration
Why Should You Seek Registration as a Professional?
Immigrants to Canada who have been educated and trained in one or more of the Engineering &/or Applied Science disciplines are very likely eligible to apply for registration as Professional Engineers, as Applied Science Technologists or as Certified Technicians. If you are such an individual, widely recognized in Canada as an ‘Internationally Trained Technology Professional’, ITTP, here’s why you should consider membership in a professional association:
- by obtaining a professional credential (the letters after one’s name) you signify to employers that you have met or exceeded Canadian national educational and experiential standards. This saves the employer valuable time and effort in that they no longer need to verify an applicant’s educational and experiential credentials; it has been done by the professional association, an independent process trusted by employers.
- membership in a self-governing professional association provides many benefits, which include:
- the right to practice one’s profession under license
- the right to title, to include a recognized professional credential after one’s name
- the availability of professional liability insurance and other types of insurance at group rates
- extensive networking and support opportunities
- employers very often prefer to hire registered professionals into their Engineering Teams even when they are not required by law to do so. Having registered professionals on staff allows employers to demonstrate to clients and to the public that their team brings a recognized and trusted professional expertise and attitude to their work
Becoming a certified registrant carries certain responsibilities. Every registered member of a professional association must formally agree to abide by a Code of Ethics, a set of rules which regulates how the member will act in work-related situations, and that s/he understands that s/he will be held legally liable for improper or inadequate workplace conduct which results in injury or loss to a client or to a member of the public.
Professional associations are mandated to review the ‘practice’ (workplace conduct and/or work-related performance) of their members and to impose disciplinary action if members are found, after a thorough investigation, to have been negligent, or to have practiced beyond the scope defined by their education and experience in such a way as to have caused loss or injury to a client or to a member of the public.