If you have a journeyman ticket/finished an apprenticeship program or have graduated from a military technical program, you are qualified academically to apply for C.Tech and you are NOT required to complete PLAR. Please proceed to the C.Tech application page.
Applicants seeking registration with ASET who have not graduated from an applied science, engineering, or information technology program or who are unable to produce academic transcripts may complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) portfolio to demonstrate equivalency to the academic requirements for the Certified Technician (C.Tech.) designation.
Competency is a combination of knowledge and skills underlying safe and competent performance in a discipline. Competency-based assessment is typically used to assess both the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for an individual to perform competently in his or her field of practice. ASET considers a combination of academics and work experience as the foundation for professional competency and therefore requires information on both education and professional qualifications to assess applicants.
In cases where an applicant is a non-graduate or is unable to produce transcripts, PLAR allows for the evaluation of skills and knowledge obtained outside of an academic program for the purpose of recognizing professional competence.
To qualify academically for C.Tech., non-graduates or applicants who are unable to produce transcripts must be able to demonstrate equivalency to the academic requirements for technician applicants. To demonstrate this equivalency, applicants must assess themselves against the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria in their discipline of practice and prepare a portfolio with supporting documentation.
Applicant portfolios must include the following:
- Description of the origin of the applicant’s learning in relation to each academic criterion
- Supporting documentation for each criterion
Once an application is made, the PLAR process consists of the following stages:
You will need to complete the PLAR Portfolio.
The Applicant Portfolio is based on the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria
published by Technology Accreditation Canada. These criteria include Program General Learning Outcomes, which are common to all engineering technology and applied science disciplines, and Program Discipline Learning Outcomes, which are specific to a particular discipline of practice.
- Review the academic criteria and associated learning outcomes listed in your portfolio. You must describe the origin of your learning and provide supporting documentation for all general academic criteria and five (5) program discipline criteria.
- Add information to each learning outcome associated with the general academic criteria and five program discipline criteria.
- Indicate how you will demonstrate the learning outcomes by checking work, academic, training, or other.
- Add the dates when you developed this learning.
- Under Candidate Statement, describe how you developed skill and knowledge in relation to each academic criterion. This should also include the location (e.g., a company you worked for) if applicable. A location and dates may be used more than once throughout your portfolio.
- Upload supporting documentation that provides evidence of your skill and knowledge in relation to each learning outcome. Supporting documentation may be used more than once throughout your portfolio if the documentation applies to multiple learning outcomes. Examples of supporting documentation include:
- Paid work (full or part-time) or volunteer work
- Job descriptions
- Performance evaluations
- Commendation letters
- Validation letters1
- Work samples
- Courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, professional certification
- Certificates or completion letters
- Course work samples or exam marks
- Presentations or publications
- Other (in situations where you cannot produce existing documentation)
- Letter or essay describing how you developed your skill and knowledge in relation to a particular academic criterion or criteria
- Technical report demonstrating your skill and knowledge in relation to a particular academic criterion or criteria