Updated Academic Requirements for ASET Applicants in 2018

Recognizing Educational Programs with TAC-Accreditation 

05, Jan, 2018

As part of the certification process for technologists and technicians in Alberta, ASET recognizes education from nationally-accredited post-secondary technical programs. 

On January 1, 2013, the ASET Board of Examiners ceased recognizing CTAB accreditation as ASET transitioned to focus on education programs with accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). On January 1, 2018, applicants for ASET certification who are not graduates of a program accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada will be required to complete the ASET Certification Exam.

“ASET is moving to TAC accreditation because it is a world-class model established with support from the Canadian Standards Association,” comments Jennifer Bertrand, Registrar, ASET. “Programs accredited by TAC have been verified as meeting the learning outcomes set out under the national academic benchmarks in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria.” 

Since TAC accreditation could not be completed on all programs at once, ASET implemented conditions to ensure current students and recent graduates would not be affected by the transition process. For example, a grace period of January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2018 was applied to retroactively recognize education of graduates during that time from any program previously with CTAB accreditation that now has (or is applying for) TAC accreditation.

“Students who started these programs after the stated accreditation date will not be subject to the certification exam, while graduates from programs prior to the accreditation date will now be assigned the certification exam,” stated Bertrand. “However, the exam tests entry-level knowledge in applied science or engineering technology, so senior practitioners will typically not have any difficulty with the content.” 

A special consideration process is in place so if, after attempting the certification exam, an applicant feels they are too specialized (or there is some other issue with the exam related to their field of practice), they can be reviewed by the Board for alternative assessment activities (such as a technical report).

Here is a list as of January 1, 2018 of post-secondary programs in Alberta with, or currently applying for, TAC Accreditation and will be recognized as part of the ASET application process. Applicants who graduated in the specified dates* will have their education recognized and will be exempt from writing the ASET Certification Exam:

*The following dates refer to when student started the program and not the date of graudation from their respective program.

Lakeland College

Program Dates
Heavy Oil Operations Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018
Heavy Oil Power Engineering Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018




 

Lethbridge Community College

Program Dates
Civil Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018
Geomatics Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018






 

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Program Dates
Biomedical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Chemical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Chemical Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Civil Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Computer Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Construction Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Electrical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Electronics Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Geological Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Geomatics Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Instrumentation Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2022
Materials Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Mechanical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Network Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
Petroleum Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018




 















 


Red Deer College

Program Dates
Electrical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018
Mechanical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018




 

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Program Dates
Chemical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
Chemical Laboratory Technology Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
Electrical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
Geomatics Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
Instrumentation Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
Mechanical Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2022
Petroleum Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
Power Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
Welding Engineering Technology Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022



 










 

READ MORE: See the full list of Canadian post-secondary programs with TAC accreditation.