The Association of Science
& Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta
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Technicians and technologists usually work in a team with other professionals. They are usually involved with the application or adaptation of technology. Performance as a certified technician or technologist requires the application of principles, methods and techniques appropriate to a field of technology. Practical knowledge of the construction, application, properties, operation and limitations of engineering systems, processes, structures, machinery, devices or materials, is usually required.
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.
Typical activities include testing, troubleshooting, inspection, calibration, design drafting, quality control, maintenance, modeling, data compilation, estimating, sales, surveying, field supervision, technical sales and teaching.
Uses a practical approach based on a detailed understanding of standard methods and techniques in solving technical problems.
Examines assignments, objectives and instructions to select procedures and actions to resolve the assigned problem.
The certified technician designation is C.Tech.
An applied science, information, or engineering technology professional who is capable of assuming responsibility and exercising independent judgment to perform technical tasks and solve problems in complex technological areas with limited direct supervision.
Typical activities include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspection, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management, technical sales and teaching. Such activities may be carried out in association with other professionals.
Uses an applied approach based on a comprehensive understanding of a specific technology.
Evaluates assignments, determines procedures and implements solutions, schedules work to meet objectives, participates in short- and long-range planning, and may become involved in developing and promoting conceptual change.
May assume managerial or administrative responsibility for a wide range of technical endeavours.
May supervise and coordinate a diverse working group and train less experienced technical and professional staff.
The certified technologist designation is C.E.T.
If you have a complaint about an ASET member that refers to unskilled practice or breach of the ASET Code of Ethics, forward a written complaint to the ASET Registrar. This complaint should be received directly to they Registrar either by email or paper mail in order to ensure confidentiality (mark the envelope or subject line confidential).
If the matter does not relate to unethical or unskilled practice such as an employee being frequently late, it may be determined that the matter would not be under ASET’s jurisdiction to address. If you are unsure about whether or not the complaint relates to unskilled or unethical practice you are encouraged to contact the Registrar to discuss the concerns.
For more information, visit the Complaints section on the Protecting the Public page.
All regulated ASET members must comply with the CPD Program. This includes:
Regulated members who are self-employed or practicing outside of Alberta must also comply with the program.
Retired members, students, Technicians- or Technologists-in-Training members are not subject to the requirements of the ASET CPD Program.
For the purposes of the ASET CPD Program, “continuing professional development” is defined as any learning activity that meets at least one of the following criteria:
Ask yourself two questions: “Does this activity make me a better practitioner?” and “Does this activity advance the profession?” If the answer to either of these questions is “Yes” the activity qualifies as CPD.
A minimum of two activities that must be selected from at least two of the four categories of professional development activities listed.
Login in to the Members Area to access the CPD online log.
No. Your mentor will guide you in your career development goals by providing advice, information, and guidance. You are responsible for your own job search.
Please contact the ASET office should you run into any difficulties throughout your mentorship. If there is incompatibility for any reason, you and your mentor will be asked to comment so appropriate follow-up action can be taken including matching you with a new mentor, if needed.
No. Mentors and mentees connected for career investigation typically correspond via phone or email. Mentors and mentees in a mentoring partnership may form a similar informal connection or may choose to establish a more formal mentoring relationship. The mentoring partnership is designed to be as flexible as possible. The mentee and mentor are encouraged to discuss and establish an approach that best meets their needs.
The information that was provided in your application form will be used to match you with a mentee. ASET staff will use the database to coordinate matches and will inform you about your mentee when this is complete.
The information that you provided in your application form will be used to match you with a mentor in the field you selected. ASET staff will use the database to coordinate matches and will inform you about your mentor when this is complete.
No. Your role is to guide your mentee in their career development by providing advice, information, and guidance. Mentees are responsible for their own job search.
Please contact the ASET office should you run into any difficulties throughout your mentoring relationship. If there is incompatibility for any reason, you and your mentee will be asked to comment so appropriate follow-up action can be taken including matching you with a new mentee, if needed.
Only if you are comfortable doing so and if you have contacted them and they are comfortable.
The group Professional Liability Insurance program has been established for the benefit of all certified members of ASET, by providing members with up to $50,000 of professional liability coverage.
As a certified professional, at times you will need to perform tasks or provide your professional opinion on a subject.
The Professional Liability program provides you with insurance coverage in the event there is a claim made against you for an act you have done and/or opinion you have given.
Having professional liability coverage is something that distinguishes you from non-professionals and non-members of ASET in your field.
This program provides additional coverage on top of any existing coverage you may have in place with your employer.
You cannot opt out. This is a group program established for the benefit of all 10,000+ certified members in the province, with no individual opt out option available.
You can purchase additional coverage if your circumstances require it. Visit the ASET Insurance Program page for more information.
Coverage only applies on a going forward basis and retroactive coverage for past work performed is not available. However, if you were an active ASET member and retired after the program was implemented, and desire coverage for claims that might arise for work done while you were insured, you will have the option to purchase “extended reporting period” or “run‐off” coverage.
The Professional Liability policy provides worldwide coverage regarding legal actions originating in Canada.
The difference between general liability and professional liability is in the types of risks each covers. General liability protects against physical injury to people or damage to property arising from your daily operations. Professional liability covers negligence related to professional services or advice.
Yes, it is called the ASET Career Centre.
If you have immediate postings you would like to advertise, visit the ASET Career Centre and register as an employer for free. Once you’ve completed these quick, easy steps, you can submit your job. Thereafter, you can manage and edit your submissions.
ASET evaluates the qualifications of applicants against national technology benchmarks and only those who demonstrate their competency, and remain ASET members in good standing, can use the following designations: