Disciplines Defined by the National Technology Benchmarks
Technicians and technologists in Canada are certified by provincial technology associations under one of a number of disciplines. The academic requirements for each discipline are defined by a set
of national standards called the National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs), described on the next page.
This site allows for self-assessment and application for certification under the following disciplines currently included in the NTBs.
|Technician-level Disciplines||Technologist-level Disciplines|
|Architectural and Construction||Architectural and Construction|
|Chemical Engineering||Chemical Engineering|
|Civil Engineering||Civil Engineering|
|Computer Systems||Computer Systems|
|Electrical Engineering||Electrical Engineering|
|Electronics Engineering||Electronics Engineering|
|Geological and Mineral||Geological and Mineral|
|Instrumentation Engineering||Instrumentation Engineering|
|Landscape Horticulture||Landscape Horticulture|
|Mechanical Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|Petroleum Engineering||Petroleum Engineering|
|Power Systems Engineering||Power Systems Engineering|
Certification in One Discipline and in 'Hybrid' Disciplines
The majority of applicants know the discipline in which they received their training and in which they work, for example Mechanical or Petroleum. These applicants should select just one discipline during their self-assessment and then identify their competencies from within that discipline.
A few applicants may work in 'hybrid' disciplines for which NTBs do not exist but which combine competencies from two or more NTB disciplines. These 'hybrids' typically combine Electrical, Electronics, Computer Systems and/or Instrumentation with Mechanical. Those applicants who were trained and work in an employable 'hybrid' discipline may select up to three disciplines from which to identify their competencies during their self-assessment.
Whether you work in one discipline or a ‘hybrid’ discipline, you can only be certified in one discipline by the provincial association to which you apply.
Some provincial associations offer certification in other disciplines not currently defined by the National Technology Benchmarks (see table below).
You cannot do a self-assessment or apply for certification in any of the following disciplines through this site. You should first contact the appropriate provincial association.
TN = Technician level TL = Technologist level
|Aeronautical/Aerospace||TN TL||TN TL||TN TL|
|Agriculture||TN TL||TN TL|
|Biomedical Engineering||TN TL||TN|
|Communication Engineering||TL||TN TL|
|Construction Technology||TL||TN TL|
|Engineering Design/Drafting/CAD Design||TN TL||TN TL||TN TL|
|Forest Engineering||TN TL||TN TL|
Furniture & Woodwork/Wood Manufacturing
|TN TL||TN TL|
|Metallurgical Technology||TN TL||TN TL||TN TL||TN|
|Municipal Engineering||TL||TN TL|
|Resources||TN TL||TN TL|
|Structural Engineering||TL||TN TL|
|Town Planning||TN TL|
Learn more about the National Technology Benchmarks