2019: Milestone year for Technology Accreditation Canada
14, Feb, 2020
2019 was a milestone year for Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) as the first accredited program, the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Georgian College, successfully renewed its accreditation. An additional fifteen engineering technology and applied science programs were accredited, bringing the total number of TAC accredited programs to 70.
The Standards Development Steering Committee’s work on key issues related to the profession’s collection of national standards concluded with the Standards Council’s approval of all recommendations contained in the Committee’s report. This event paves the way for stakeholder public review and comment on the proposed solutions.
The year culminated with an agreement with Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists to integrate the operations of the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). As a result, TAC became the sole national accrediting body, adding 92 CTAB accredited programs. Further to this development, TAC admitted five new members, the provincial certifying bodies in Manitoba (Council of Technicians and Technologists of Manitoba), Prince Edward Island (Island Technology Professionals), New Brunswick (New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists/Société des techniciens et des technologues agréés du génie du Nouveau Brunswick), Newfoundland and Labrador (The Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador) and Nova Scotia (TechNova).
“The integration of the CTAB programs is a significant achievement that caps five years of steady growth, not only in numbers of programs accredited and auditors trained and deployed, but in our accreditation program’s excellence and credibility overall,” commented Peter Portlock, TAC Board of Directors Chair. “This important development best serves the interests of the engineering technology and applied science profession in general and students in particular.”
Additional accomplishments and progress realized in TAC’s fifth year of operation are highlighted in the 2019 Annual Report.
Accreditation is recognized worldwide as an objective method of assessment and a valuable tool to identify program strengths and challenges. This independent seal of approval represents excellence in education and the high standards of the profession graduates will be joining. Achieving accreditation provides students, parents and the institution’s administration confidence that the program has met defined standards.
Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive a quality education that meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology profession. For more information about TAC or how to apply for accreditation, please visit technologyaccreditation.ca.
Richard Stamper, Executive Director
Technology Accreditation Canada
t: 416-847-1016, ext. 254