Program:Applied Science Technologist or Certified Technician (AScT or CTech)

The following steps allow trained individuals to assess their skill sets and capabilities against Canada’s National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs) for technicians and technologists.

There is no charge for self-assessment but application to a provincial association for certification requires payment of a non-refundable application fee.

Use the 'Go to Next Step' and 'Return to Step' buttons to navigate between the self-assessment pages.

Applicants for certification, reclassification, change of discipline or reinstatement MUST complete a self-assessment.

Applicants for transfer may bypass the self-assessment.

Bypass self-assessment

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Step 1: Technician or Technologist?

Before you can begin a self-assessment against the National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs), you need to find out if you may be eligible to be certified as a technician or technologist in Canada.

Always work through your self-assessment from beginning to end or as directed within the instructions. Do not return to a self-assessment step using a bookmark.

Graduates of Canadian Nationally Accredited Technology Programs (Option A)

Applicants who graduated from a nationally accredited program at a Canadian college or institute automatically qualify for certification in terms of the academic requirements for their chosen technology discipline.

Applicants are required to demonstrate work experience to meet the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) standards they select and to provide technical references and other documentation to support their application.

Graduates of Other Technology Programs (Option B)

Applicants who are graduates of:

  • a Canadian Technology program that is NOT nationally accredited, or
  • a technology program outside of Canada

should first contact the provincial association to which they are planning to apply to confirm if the association recognizes the academic standing of the program. If the association has completed a successful academic assessment of the program, the applicant will be directed to submit an application using Option A of the self-assessment.

All other applicants are required to demonstrate both academic achievement and work experience to meet a minimum of five substantial competencies selected from the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) standards and provide technical references and other documentation to support their application. These applicants should use Option B of the self-assessment.


  • Completion of a self-assessment and submission of an application does not guarantee that certification will be granted.
  • It is important that you fairly and honestly select the most appropriate option. If your skills and working experience do not match the definition of a technologist, you should apply as a technician. This will save time in processing your application. Reviewers will make the final determination when you apply to a provincial association for certification.
  • If your application is successful, you will be certified in one discipline.