Competency Summaries


One of the key application documents required for certification is the Competency Summary, a point-form description of an applicant’s work experience in relation to six key competencies.

Reviewing the summary and completing the report using specific examples for your discipline of practice will assist the Board of Examiners in determining your level of experience and qualifications. 

Instructions for completing the report are included within the document and a sample summary is available for review.

Applicants wishing to review the competency summaries can access the files on the C.Tech/C.E.T. page.

Definition of a technician and technologist

Performance as a certified technician or technologist requires the application of principles, methods and techniques appropriate to a field of technology. Practical knowledge of engineering systems, processes and materials is usually required. The following chart outlines ASET’s definitions of technician and technologist, and is to be used in preparing the resume, detailed job description and competency summary.


Technician Technologist
  • 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. 
  • This professional uses a practical approach based on a detailed understanding of standard methods and techniques in solving technical problems. 
  • They examine assignments, objectives and instructions to select procedures and actions to resolve the assigned problem.
  • An applied science, information or engineering technology professional 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 carries out in association with other professionals.
  • They use an applied approach based on a comprehensive understanding of a specific technology.
  • They evaluate assignments, determine procedures and implement solutions, schedule work to meet objectives, participate in short- and long-range planning, and may become involved in developing and promoting conceptual change.
  • They may assume managerial or administrative responsibility for a wide range of technical endeavors. 
  • They can supervise and coordinate a diverse working group and train less experienced technical and professional staff. 

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