Certification Levels

There are two levels of certification for technology professionals in Canada: Technician and Technologist.

Technicians

Technicians in Canada have typically completed a one- to two-year academic training program based on a core of applied mathematics and engineering/science fundamentals.

Technicians apply a practical approach to their work based on a detailed understanding of their chosen discipline. In their work, technicians may:

  • assist in the design of equipment or systems
  • conduct tests, build prototypes or models, operate pilot plants, trouble-shoot equipment,  resolve production or construction problems, or compile data and reports
  • supervise phases of construction projects, inspect construction projects, or conduct tests, surveys or prepare estimates for construction activities
    trouble-shoot, service, calibrate or supervise the repair or installation of equipment processes or products.
  • provide support for operations activities including supervision of operations or operation-related activities such as quality assurance, production control and maintenance
  • provide support in laboratory environments by conducting experiments, conducting tests or servicing complex equipment in support of research and development, quality control or academic activities
  • supervise, train and coordinate the activities of others.

Technologists

Technologists in Canada have typically completed a two- to three-year academic training program based on a core of applied mathematics and engineering/science fundamentals.

Technologists employ an applied approach to their work based on a comprehensive understanding of their chosen discipline. They evaluate assignments, establish objectives, define problems, and determine procedures and actions to resolve the problems.

They are capable of assuming responsibility, exercising independent judgment and taking final responsibility for all aspects of work within their field of training. In their work, technologists may:

  • design equipment, processes or systems; interpret and prepare specifications, technical drawings or instructions; prepare estimates and manage projects
  • specify tests; conduct non-routine tests; develop prototypes; operate pilot plants; trouble-shoot complex equipment; resolve production or construction problems; compile experimental data, or prepare reports
  • supervise, train, coordinate and assume administrative responsibility for the work of others and participate in short- and long-range planning
  • carry out studies, make calculations, prepare or develop programs, provide instructions, or implement projects.