Military Personnel

Military Personnel

ASET is proud to provide a path to certification for active/retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the air force, army or navy divisions. These members are valuable in contributing to the development of trades and a skilled workforce to support the economic progress of the province. We recognize the unique technical training and experience that CAF members and veterans possess that qualify them to apply for C.Tech. membership. Once achieved, an optional reclassification application to C.E.T. is possible.


Certified Technician (C.Tech.) membership helps to enhance your credibility, network, and professional recognition. 

A C.Tech. is an applied science, information, or engineering technology professional who performs routine technical procedures with occasional direct supervision and who may assume limited responsibility for any decision-making process.

To qualify for C.Tech. membership, applicants must: 

  • have obtained an occupation qualification level of QL5 or QL5a* in a technical occupation that falls within an applied science, information, or engineering/geoscience technology discipline
  • have at least two years of technical training and experience; and
  • work or be seeking work in Alberta or the Northwest Territories.

If working or seeking work outside of Alberta or the Northwest Territories, applicants should contact their provincial technology association to inquire about membership options. 

*If the technical occupation qualification level is lower than QL5, please refer to our Non-Graduate page. There you can learn about our pathway to successfully demonstrate equivalency to a technician-level academic program. Determining equivalency can help you understand if you qualify to apply for the C.Tech. designation.

Application Process

Please download the Certification Handbook for complete information on the application and assessment process.

Please Note: Your application will not be reviewed by the Board of Examiners until all application documents (including exam requirements) have been submitted. Once submitted, the average time for review is four – six months.

Fees and Dues

Veterans from the Canadian Armed Forces or members of the Supplementary Reserve may be eligible to receive funding for the fees associated with our application via the Education and Training Benefit (ETB). See the overview of this benefit on the ETB Fact Sheet.

Fees Amount
Application Fee $310*
ASET Professional Practice Exam Fee $252*
Annual Membership Dues $405*

*Please be advised that application fees, exam fees, and annual membership dues are non-refundable.


For more information about reclassification from C.Tech. to C.E.T., please refer to the Reclassification page.

For more information about reinstatement of C.Tech. membership, please refer to the Reinstatement page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply for ASET certification if I have a CAF technical occupation qualification level lower than QL5 or incomplete technical training?

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Q: Can I use my military journeyperson certificate to apply for C.Tech.?

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Q: How do I obtain a copy of my Member Personnel Resume Record (MPRR)?

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Q: Can I use my military training and experience to apply for C.E.T. instead of C.Tech.?

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Q: For the competency summary, what if the information is restricted?

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