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There are many opportunities for employment in engineering/applied science technology.

One of the reasons for this is that technicians and technologists are in increasing

demand by different firms across Canada. Automation and robotics have

decreased the need for some skilled trades, but increased the need for technicians

who are able to set up, diagnose and repair these complex systems.

And, because of the growing use of engineering software, many

calculations, design and process control, tasks that used to be done by

engineers are now done by technologists. This trend is mostly seen in consulting,

engineering, construction, mining, and oil and gas.

Why seek certification?

Demonstrates to employers, co-workers and to yourself that you’ve met the National Technology Bench Marks of training, ethics and experience

Personal satisfaction: After year’s of training and hard work, you’ve earned the right to hold yourself out as a “certified” technician or technologist

Belonging: Membership opens the doors to networking opportunities to exchange ideas, gain information and enrich personal and professional development

Base for Upgrading: Provides a base of academic and skills training from which members and their employers can determine future studies to improve qualifications and status

Group Discounts: Members enjoy some of the most comprehensive and compelling group benefits of any technology association in the country! In addition to great group rates on home, auto and health insurance, members can also take advantage of discounts on flights with CanJet, and first aid kits and training from St. John Ambulance. And more are on the way! We want to make membership work for you at work and at home.

What are the requirements for certification?

All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, although at a minimum you must meet the following requirements:

  • be 18 years old and of good character
  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • have completed a two- or three-year technician or technology level college program in engineering or applied science or their equivalent, or
  • for members of the military, completion of an accepted technician trade up to the QL5 level
  • two years of satisfactory work experience
  • successful completion of the Ethics Exam
  • receipt of the non-refundable application fee (for first-time applicants only) and, upon acceptance, receipt of your first year’s membership dues. (Dues are pro-rated and are tax deductible.)

Transferring from other provinces?

Because other provincial associations in Canada grant similar designations to Nova Scotia, it is important to note that a designation only has effect within the province in which it was issued.

Click here for information on the inter-provincial transfer process (PDF file)

Inter-provincial transfer form (PDF file)

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