Mechanics of Certification
Final authority for the registration of applicants is vested in the Council of the Association, which acts on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.
The Board of Examiners is composed of experienced and competent Certified Engineering Technologists and Technicians. The Board is interested in the suitability of academic and experiential qualifications of applicants. The Board meets a minimum of 4 times per year to review applications, but this may change based on applications received.
The applicant completes and returns the application to the ITP office accompanied by the appropriate fee (non-refundable). The applicant also arranges for confirmation of education to be supplied directly to the ITP office from the institution(s) attended. Note: applications must have the application fee included before any work is done with the application.
Upon receipt of the completed application. The ITP office will return a letter of acknowledgement and a receipt for the fee to the applicant as soon as possible. At this time, the ITP office may contact the persons listed as references for verification of experience, based on request by the Board of Examiners for further information.
Upon receipt of the completed application, the file will be forwarded to the Registrar and the Board of Examiners who assess a level of membership based on the applicant's educational and experiential qualification. If clarification is required on some aspect of the application, the file may be deferred until the clarification is obtained.
Upon completion of the assessment, the file is returned to the ITP office where the file is then ready for submission to the Council of the Association.
The Council reviews the recommendation of the Registrar and the Board of Examiners and the letters of reference to satisfy themselves of the suitability of the applicant's character and integrity for membership in the Association. If the Council is dissatisfied with any aspect of the application, the application may be deferred for clarification. If academic or experiential qualifications are not satisfactory, an appropriate recommendation is made and the applicant is notified.
If the Council is satisfied with the applicant's qualifications, a recommendation for certification (either Certified Engineering Technologist, Certified Technician or Applied Science Technologist) and the applicant's file is returned to the ITP office.
The applicant is advised of the Council's decision by letter.
When documentation is complete, a minimum of three months could be required to process an application through the Board of Examiners to Council. The Council and board of Examiners consists of volunteers and conflicts with work and or personal schedules may cause some delays in processing the file. The onus is on the applicant to make sure they complete the application check list and make sure the application form is correct and complete and the ITP Office should be kept informed of any changes in residence or employment. Applicants may contact the ITP office for status of their application but should wait at least one month after receipt of the letter acknowledging receipt of their application.
Reclassification from Technician to Technologist level may be recommended for members, after a letter of application has been received by the office and the fee has been submitted, The Board and Council will review the application in light of their recommendations for academic upgrading and taking into account the additional practical experience gained.
Any applicant may appeal the decision of Council or the Board of Examiners. This may be in connection with:
- Failure to gain certification at any level;
- Dissatisfaction with the level of certification awarded;
- Disagreement with the recommended upgrading program.
In all cases, the only appeal recognized will be through letter to the ITP Registrar stating the nature of the appeal and the grounds on which the appeal is made. At this time, supporting documentation must be submitted or in the case of (c), a preferred alternative program of study with outlines of the course content, duration and level of study.
Notwithstanding the usual qualifications for certification, there are cases where certification or reclassification by Special Consideration is recommended. It is emphasized that each case will be looked at on its own merits by the Board.
It is the policy of the Association that all members should seek to upgrade themselves in their profession and, where possible, advice will be available from the Association upon written request.