Technology Disciplines

Disciplines Defined by the National Technology Benchmarks

Technicians and technologists in Canada are certified by provincial technology associations under one of a number of disciplines. The academic requirements for each discipline are defined by a set of national standards called the National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs), described on the next page.

This site allows for self-assessment and application for certification under the following disciplines currently included in the NTBs.

Technician-level Disciplines
Architectural and Construction
Biotechnology
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Systems
Electrical Engineering
Electromechanical
Electronics Engineering
Environmental
Forestry
Geological and Mineral
Instrumentation Engineering
Landscape Horticulture
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Power Systems Engineering
Survey/Geomatics
Technologist-level Disciplines
Architectural and Construction
Biotechnology
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Systems
Electrical Engineering
Electromechanical
Electronics Engineering
Environmental
Forestry
Geological and Mineral
Instrumentation Engineering
Landscape Horticulture
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Power Systems Engineering
Survey/Geomatics

All Canadian associations for Technology Professionals certify individuals to these standards.

Certification in One Discipline and in 'Hybrid' Disciplines

The majority of applicants know the discipline in which they received their training and in which they work, for example Mechanical or Petroleum. These applicants should select just one discipline during their self-assessment and then identify their competencies from within that discipline.

A few applicants may work in 'hybrid' disciplines for which NTBs do not exist but which combine competencies from two or more NTB disciplines. These 'hybrids' typically combine Electrical, Electronics, Computer Systems and/or Instrumentation with Mechanical.  Those applicants who were trained and work in an employable 'hybrid' discipline may select up to three disciplines from which to identify their competencies during their self-assessment.

Whether you work in one discipline or a ‘hybrid’ discipline, you can only be certified in one discipline by the provincial association to which you apply.

Other Disciplines

Some provincial associations offer certification in other disciplines not currently defined by the National Technology Benchmarks (see table below).

You cannot do a self-assessment or apply for certification in any of the following disciplines through this site. You should first contact the appropriate provincial association.

TN = Technician level   TL = Technologist level

Discipline British Columbia Alberta Manitoba Ontario Quebec
 Aeronautical/Aerospace     TN   TL TN  TL
TN   TL
 Agriculture       TN  TL TN   TL
 Biomedical Engineering
  TN   TL       TN
 
 Communication Engineering      TL TN  TL
 
 Construction Technology
     TL TN  TL
 
 Engineering Design/Drafting/CAD Design
   TN   TL
 TN   TL TN  TL
 
 Forest Engineering  TN   TL
    TN  TL
 

 Furniture & Woodwork/Wood Manufacturing

    TN   TL   TN   TL
 Metallurgical Technology
 TN   TL
 TN   TL
  TN  TL
 TN
 Municipal Engineering     TL TN  TL
 
 Orthesist-Prothesist     TL
 TN   TL
 Resources       TN  TL
 TN   TL
 Structural Engineering     TL TN  TL
 
 Textile      
 TN   TL
 Town Planning        
 TN   TL

 

Learn more about the National Technology Benchmarks