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Facilitating associate membership for international applicants before arrival in Canada

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario Association of Certified ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS

Ontario Association of Certified ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS

Description

This practice addresses the challenges that many internationally trained applicants experience with regard to the length of the licensing process.

The Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) allows prospective immigrants to complete most steps of the certification process in their home countries. This offers the benefit of more informed immigration choices and faster integration into the labour market upon arrival in Canada.

The certification section of the website includes a tailored page for applicants "educated outside Canada and living outside Canada." International applicants may submit their applications for eligibility determination before they come to Canada. If they become registered as associate members, they may then write the Professional Practice Exam (with suitable supervision) and even submit their Technology Reports from outside Canada.

Some applicants may also fulfil all of their experience requirements, if they have already worked for a Canadian company abroad, or on a project destined for Canada and consistent with Canadian codes, standards and practices. Others will still have to fulfil a Canadian experience requirement upon arrival, but the advance preparation significantly speeds up the certification process.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve access to pre-immigration assessments.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 16, 2013