for more information please contact:

Alexa Warkentin
Professional Practice Coordinator

780.425.0626 (Ext. 508)
Email: alexaw@aset.ab.ca

P.Tech.

Professional Technologist (P.Tech.) member has the right to practice engineering or geoscience independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications including existing codes and regulations. With this right, a member is able to sign off and stamp their own work.

This credential should be of particular interest to members who are working as consultants or running their own business. In addition, senior members within larger organizations may also be interested in exploring the P.Tech.(Eng.) or P.Tech.(Geo.) as an option to further their right to practice and expand career options.


Defining Engineering and Geoscience

The EGP Act defines the practice of engineering as:

  • reporting on, advising on, evaluating, designing, preparing plans and specifications for or directing
    • the construction , technical inspection, maintenance, or operation of any structure, work orprocess that is aimed at the discovery, development or utilization of matter, materials or energy or in any other way designed for the use and convenience of humans, and
    • that requires in that reporting, advising, evaluating, designing, preparation or direction the professional application of the principals of mathematics, chemistry, physics or any related applied science, or
  • teaching engineering at university

The EGP Act defines the practice of geoscience as:

  • reporting, advising, evaluating, interpreting, processing, geoscientific surveying, exploring, classifying reserves or examining related to any activity
    • that relates to earth sciences or the environment
    • that is aimed at the discovery or development of oil, natural gas, coal, metallic or non-metallic minerals, precious stones, other natural resources or water that is aimed at the investigation of surface or subsurface conditions of the earth, and
    • that requires, in that reporting, advertising, evaluating, interpreting, processing, geoscientific surveying, exploring, classifying reserves or examining, the professional application of the principals of mathematics, chemistry, physics or biology through the application of the principals of geoscience, or
  • teaching geoscience at university

Requirements

  • C.E.T. member in good standing with ASET
  • Minimum of six years of post-graduate work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience that is acceptable to the ASET/APEGA Joint Board of Examiners, including at least two years which are in the applicant’s proposed area and scope of practice and were completed under the supervision and control of a P.Eng. or P.Geo. member of APEGA 
    • Supervision is not restricted to your immediate supervisor; rather, a P.Eng. or P.Geo. must have taken responsibility for your work for at least a two year period.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of post-secondary education acceptable to the Joint Board of Examiners. Please see the section below on Education for more details
  • Compliance with ASET Continuing Professional Development Program (if an applicant is not in compliance at the time of application, the applicant will be asked to supply evidence of compliance)
  • Applicants must have at least two years of post-secondary education acceptable to the Joint Board of Examiners. Please see the section below on Education for more details 
  • Compliance with ASET Continuing Professional Development Program (if an applicant is not in compliance at the time of application, the applicant will be asked to supply evidence of compliance)
  • Proficiency in the English language that is sufficient to enable the applicant to responsibly practice the profession of engineering or geoscience within the scope of practice prescribed by the ASET/APEGA Joint Board of Examiners
  • Completion of the National Professional Practice Exam to demonstrate knowledge of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and related Regulations and general knowledge related to the practice of engineering or geoscience
  • Demonstration of good character and reputation (good character and reputation are confirmed by the applicant’s references, declared by the applicant as part of the application form, and demonstrated through the applicant’s conduct)
  • Review and approval by the ASET/APEGA Joint Board of Examiners

 

Education Requirements

Applicants must be one of the following:

  1. Graduates of a 2-year technology diploma program recognized* by the Joint Board of Examiners; 
  2. Graduates of another technical program recognized* by the Joint Board of Examiners who have been assigned and have successfully completed the ASET Certification Exam to demonstrate equivalency; or
  3. (3) Applicants who have completed an ASET reclassification program (academic upgrading) acceptable to the Joint Board of Examiners who have been assigned and have successfully completed the ASET Certification Exam to demonstrate equivalency. Reclassification programs were used as part of the C.E.T. assessment process prior to 2013. The Joint Board of Examiners reviews reclassification programs on a case-by-case basis and will make a determination on your program’s eligibility as part of your application review

*The Joint Board of Examiners reviews programs on a case-by-case basis and will make a determination on your program’s eligibility as part of your application review. 

In addition to the above requirements, the following educational policies are in effect:

  • The applicant’s academics must match the proposed scope of practice or the applicant must have at least ten years of experience, of which four years must be under the direct supervision and control of a professional member of APEGA, in the discipline in which they are seeking registration as a professional technologist.
  • Two-year Engineering Design and Drafting Technology diplomas are not recognized by the Joint Board of Examiners as academically sufficient for the P.Tech. designation. Applicants must provide evidence of at least ten years of relevant experience, of which four years must be under the direct supervision and control of a professional member of APEGA. 
  • Apprenticeship programs leading to a journeyman certificate are not recognized as academically sufficient for the P.Tech. designation.
    If evidence of two-years of post-secondary education is not on file with ASET, the applicant will be asked to supply official transcripts. 

Fees and Dues

Application Fee $375
National Professional Practice Exam Fee (includes GST) $241.50
Annual Membership Dues $380

Application Process

  1. Review and confirm that you meet the requirements for the P.Tech. designation as outlined above.
  2. Download and complete the P.Tech. Experience Spreadsheet.
    • The work experience spreadsheet must include a proposed scope of practice drafted by the applicant.
    • Three references must validate the information provided in the applicant’s work experience spreadsheet and sign a declaration form. The spreadsheet and reference declaration are forwarded to referees directly by ASET staff. 
    • At least one reference must be a P.Eng. or P.Geo. It is recommended that all references be regulated members of ASET or APEGA (i.e., C.E.T., R.E.T., P.Tech., P.L.(Eng.), P.Eng., or P.Geo.).
    • In accordance with privacy law, completed reference forms may be provided to applicants upon request.
    • Applicants may require more than the minimum three references to validate their work experience. Additional references may be requested at the discretion of the Joint Board of Examiners.
  3. Complete your online CPD log for the previous year. This must be done prior to starting the application process.
  4. Pay any outstanding dues for the current year, either online or by contacting the ASET office. You are not eligible to apply for the P.Tech. designation if you have outstanding dues and/or have not logged your CPD.
  5. Complete the online application, upload your completed work experience spreadsheet, and register for the National Professional Practice Exam, if not already completed as part of the C.E.T. application process.

 

​Please be advised that application and exam fees are non-refundable.

Please be advised that to change an existing scope of practice once you have been granted your P.Tech (Eng.) or P.Tech (Geo.) you must reapply in full following the current application process including references. Scope changes are considered to be new scopes of practice and must go through the same review process as new scopes of practice. 


 

Application Forms

P.Tech Experience Spreadsheet


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National Professional Practice Exam

*Please note that you must be an active P.Tech applicant to be eligible to write the exam.

The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) confirms knowledge of seven content areas:

  • Professionalism (10%)
  • Ethics (20%)
  • Professional Practice (27%)
  • Communication (1%)
  • Law for Professional Practice (23%)
  • Professional Law (8%)
  • Regulation & Discipline Processes (11%).

Twelve engineering and geoscience self-regulatory organizations across Canada use the NPPE as one of their requirements for licensure.

All related information to the National Professional Practice Exam can be found HERE

 


Forms and Additional Resources


Reinstatement of Membership

For more information about reinstatement, please refer to our Reinstatement page.