In Canada, internationally-educated graduates in engineering and applied science have the option to obtain provincial certification as a technician or technologist. In Alberta, ASET offers the following designations for engineering, information, and applied science practitioners: Certified Technician (C.Tech.), Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.), and Professional Technologist (P.Tech.).
Internationally-educated graduates follow the same application process as all other applicants. To be certified by ASET, all applicants must meet a minimum standard of education, experience, and professionalism. ASET recognizes work experience obtained outside of Canada.
Can I apply for certification from outside of Canada?
Internationally-educated graduates may apply for certification as a C.Tech. or C.E.T. while outside of Canada if immigration is imminent (copy of a visa approval letter or valid work permit). If your visa has not yet been approved, you may begin preparing your certification documentation and apply to ASET once you receive approval notification from Immigration and Citizenship Canada.
While the exams required for certification can be written outside of Canada with a virtual proctor, exams are offered in MST (Mountain Standard Time) only and will be impacted by time zone differences. It is recommended that you select an exam date that allows you sufficient time to study for the exams.
What documents will I need?
It is highly recommended that you obtain official copies of your academic credentials, obtain supervisory signatures, and collect contact information for your work references before leaving for Canada as this information can be more difficult to obtain once you are abroad.
- You will supply your academic credentials to one of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Service organizations (IQAS, WES1, ICES, ICAS, CES, MIDI) for a basic document-by-document assessment. An official copy of this assessment must then be mailed to ASET.
- You will prepare a resume, job description, and competency summary to demonstrate your professional experience. ASET provides templates to help you complete these documents. The job description and competency summary should be signed by your supervisor.
- You will need contact information for at least three professional references. One of these references should be your supervisor.
- You must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency sufficient to practice competently and safely in Alberta by providing your IELTS or CELPIP-G test results from the immigration process (see the English Language Proficiency section below for more information).
Note: Documents in a language other than English must be officially translated into English. Applicants must submit the original document that was translated and the official translated document.
1World Education Services (WES) Credential Assessment: ASET will accept the electronic submission of a completed assessment through WES’s secure online delivery system, thus reducing the need to mail it. See here for more information if you have already completed a WES assessment (not in progress). Please do not email the assessment to ASET personally; rather request it to be sent from WES directly in order for ASET to accept it officially.
What exams will be required?
Internationally-educated graduates must write the ASET Professional Practice Exam, which tests applicants on Alberta-specific legislation and professional ethics, and the ASET Certification Exam (if applying for the C.E.T. designation), which tests applicants on their technical competency.
Can I apply for P.Tech. with my international work experience?
Alberta’s legislation requires applicant’s for P.Tech to have two years of engineering or geoscience work experience under the supervision of a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or Professional Geoscientst (P.Geo.). Internationally-educated graduates must first be certified as a C.E.T. and obtain at least two years of work experience in Alberta before applying for P.Tech.
I am a refugee with no academic documentation. Can I apply for certification?
Applicants without academic documentation may apply for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. This is a pre-assessment portfolio process that allows you to demonstrate the academic benchmarks through your work experience and other professional documentation. Once approved, you may then apply for certification.
Application and Exam Resources
Download the handbooks on the following pages for more information on certification and exam requirements:
English Language Proficiency
Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language that is sufficient to enable the applicant to responsibly practice the profession. Applicants may satisfy this requirement by providing the results of the following tests for English language competency:
The following minimum test scores will be accepted by ASET for the purposes of evaluating English language proficiency:
|IELTS (General Training)
C.Tech. - 5
C.E.T. - 6
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests. Applicants must take either the “General Training” or the "Academic" test.
C.Tech. - 6
C.E.T. - 6.5
C.Tech. - 50
C.E.T. - 58
|Pearson Academic: English Language Test
Applicants must register for the PTE Academic test. ASET is able to receive testing results electronically from Pearson via their online service. Choose ASET as the recipient when requesting a copy of your results.
|PTE (Academic - Online)
C.Tech. - 50
C.E.T. - 58
|Pearson Academic: English Language Test
Applicants must register for the PTE Academic Online test. ASET is able to receive testing results electronically from Pearson via their online service. Choose ASET as the recipient when requesting a copy of your results.
C.Tech. - 5
C.E.T. - 7
|CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
CELPIP has two different tests. Applicants must take the “CELPIP-General” test.
Applicants who are unable to provide test results may request special consideration by the Board of Examiners. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Applicants who are graduates of an academic program delivered in English are exempt
from this requirement.
External Resources and Links
Government of Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Find out how you can immigrate to Canada, how to protect yourself from fraud and what to expect after you arrive in Canada.
Government of Alberta: International Qualifications Assessment Service
Assesses international educational credentials and compares them to the educational credentials in Canada.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Helps foreign workers and their families make Alberta their permanent home.
Provides micro loans to immigrants who need help to pay for the costs associated with obtaining accreditation or training that will allow them to work in their occupation. Windmill Microlending micro loans help skilled immigrants move out of low-level/low-income jobs and make their best possible contributions to Canada's economy.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
CCIS is a nonprofit volunteer organization which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta.
Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers
Directions for Immigrants is a no cost career service centre that helps internationally educated professionals secure professional employment and gain accreditation. We work with professionals in any occupation in any industry.
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
EMCN is an immigrant settlement agency whose focus is the successful and integrative settlement of newcomers to Edmonton.
Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council
An industry-led, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring immigrants are welcomed to participate in the economy to their full potential.
Servus-Bredin Microloans for Professional Newcomers
This micro-lending program is an Alberta lending solution offered in partnership with Servus Credit Union and provides low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to support professional newcomers with costs related to pursuing licensure and accreditation in Canada.
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