THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ENGINEERS OF CANADA

By: Ictpc  09-12-2011

Purpose of the New Certification program

As part of the Institute's ongoing mission to encourage and promote knowledge, recognize the expertise gained and raise the level of competence of its members, the Institute has proudly established a new certification program for its existing and new members. This new certification program will recognize present members and future applicants who have demonstrated a high degree of professional competence in different areas of academic knowledge and expertise in a

specialized

technical/technology field and work experience. The new Certification Program recognizes the fulfillment of four fundamental categories of interest namely: Education, Experience, Ethics and Continuous Self Improvement.

The Institute has now developed a new set of standards for admission into the Institute that will become the main foundation towards a new and unique certification program. These have been established to bridge a span between academic disciplines and practical experience through one's specialization in a specific scope of work experience and knowledge, encouraged through continued learning throughout life, self-improvement to further recognize and accept our members as professionals in the community and industry.

Due to a broad range of specialized technical disciplines, the Institute is now registering and certifying professionals in categories specifically related to one's specific field of knowledge, expertise and practice - Please refer to the 'Disciplines of Registration' section of our website. A person may be certified in one or more technical disciplines, and once approved, will be entitled to proudly use the Institute's new designation "Chartered Technical Practitioner" (letter designation as "

ChTP

") after their name. The member will be able to use their new title and designation in personnel records, resumes, letterheads, business cards, etc.. to signify peer recognition of professional competence in a specific field of technical expertise.

Chartered Technical Practitioner - ChTP

This new specialized class of membership is for individuals whose career and personal goals are to advance to a higher level of specialized knowledge and to become certified by the ICTPC as a Chartered Technical Practitioner. The Chartered Technical Practitioner, who by virtue of education, work experience and

specialized

training is practicing in a technical field within a defined scope of knowledge and expertise but is not engaged in the practice of Professional Engineering (please refer to disciplines and branches of specialization and certification). The Chartered Technical Practitioner is characterized by his/her ability to develop and apply appropriate solutions to technical problems, by using new and existing technologies and established principles, through innovation, creativity and change. He or she might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods through computer aided software and manufacturing processes, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, pioneer new technical services and management methods. Such certified members are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess interpersonal skills in support of the engineering profession.

The Chartered Technical Practitioner is entitled to use the designation of 'ChTP' after his/her name, and receive the following:

- A personalized Practitioner's Certificate in the ICTPC that can be prominently displayed in a place of business

In addition, the Chartered Technical Practitioner will also receive the following:

(1) a photo ID card, (2) a copy of the quarterly newsletter of the Journal (3) link to networking with peers and other professionals, (4) discounts on engineering books, (5) authorization to purchase the Institute's membership Ring, and (6) memorabilia. Chartered Technical Practitioners will also have the opportunity to attend conferences and training courses at reduced rates, and take advantage of professional growth opportunities and discounted personal and professional services.

The Certification Process

The certification process involves five steps for New Applicants.

1) The First step is the Application Process -

To be admitted into the ICTPC, a formal Application for Admission must be made with no exceptions.

The following documents are required:

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b) Curriculum Vitae/Resume detailing all of the applicant's educational and work experience

c) Certified photocopies of all educational certificates/degrees/diplomas and other training

d) Certified Official transcripts and detailed course outlines of engineering/technical programs from all colleges or universities attended

e) Provide a minimum of 3 approved 'Sponsors' who have worked directly with such individual/candidate, and who can verify the applicant's work experience, continuous improvement and ethical conduct. It is preferred that these Sponsors hold titles such as P.Eng., CET., PE, etc. Sponsors such as direct managers/supervisors may be acceptable.

f) Three signed and sealed letters of References/recommendation from previous and present employers.

g) A Certified Cheque/Money Order in the amount of $ 150 Application and Processing fee (non-refundable) - The Institute cannot and will not waive the application fee of an applicant, regardless of extenuating circumstances.

h) Two certified Passport size colour photos of you

i) Any letters of "member in good standing" from other Institutions/Organizations

Incomplete Application information/documentations will not be processed, until such time when all of the necessary required material/fees are received

2) The Second step is the Evaluation Process -

The following admission requirements do not apply to present members who held the Member [MChE], Senior Member [SMChE] designations. Under the present standards of admission, current ICTPC members (formerly-ICEC members) who hold any of the above designations will be reviewed by the Examination Committee on a one-to-one basis for final approval into the Chartered Technical Practitioner category. Other categories of memberships such as AMChE and AffChE and upon a request made by such members, will receive assessments to determine proficiency in Education, Experience and Ethics. The latter categories must meet the present standards of the Technical Practitioner Category in order to attain the TecP designation. For certification, new minimum standards must be met, and any deficiencies must be improved in the first year of application process and may require participation in an Educational Upgrade Program set by the Board of Directors.

The Examination Committee of the Institute evaluates the applicant's submitted documents independently. Only candidates that meet or exceed the admissions standards of the Institute will be considered for admission and registration as a Chartered Technical Practitioner. The new designation [ChTP] has considerably stricter admission requirements than those set for the general membership category [TecP]. Admission decisions are generally based on quantitative metrics/point system, education, technical training, letters of references/ recommendation, statements and detailed description of work responsibilities, and present/previous work experience. The Institute also encourages members and non-members with distinguished professional experience to apply. For these applications, decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, and some weight may be given to the work experience, publications, professional contributions, or engineering management experience of the applicant. Most admission decisions and recommendations are made within 4 weeks of admission.

3) The Third step is the Examination Process -

New Applicants who do not meet the core admission requirements set by the Examination Committee will be admitted conditionally. All new applicants, whether applying for the Technical Practitioner TecP or the Chartered Technical Practitioner ChTP categories, must write and pass the Institute's Ethics 101 Examination within a specified time frame. Ethics 101 examination can be waived, if and only if such the candidate has written and passed an ethics examination in engineering / technology through another professional organization deemed acceptable by the Examination Committee. No other exceptions to this condition will be accepted. In addition, and in certain cases, new applicants might be required to submit a Technical Report, or write a Technical Exam, in a

specific field of knowledge or expertise

, to overcome any deficiencies pertaining to any subject deemed relevant to the minimum standard of acceptance. A set of study guidelines and recommended textbooks/course material (at extra cost) will be provided to candidates, by the ICTPC, who are required to write a technical exam in order to assist them in preparing for and passing the examination.

4) The Fourth step is the Professional Review Interview -

Upon the completion of the entry requirements as set out by the Examinations Committee, and at the discretion of the Board of Directors, a candidate, might be required to be interviewed to further assess the candidate's competencies and conduct. A Professional Review Interview will be arranged at a convenient location or at the candidate's workplace, and at a mutually convenient date and time. Candidates are encouraged to bring with them their portfolio of evidence of their work experience to support the interview process. The PRI officer will report to the Examination Committee for final decision.

5) The Fifth and final step is the Admission Process -

Having met all the requirements, and upon the payment of all required fees and membership dues, the candidate will be admitted into the Institute and his/her name be placed on the register of the ICTPC as a Chartered Technical Practitioner entitled to use the designation of 'ChTP'. All new members will be acknowledged and listed in the ICTPC's newsletter.


Certification of Past Members of the ICEC

Admission requirements for the category of Chartered Technical Practitioner having the designation of ChTP do not all apply to present members of the ICTPC who held membership in the ICEC as "Member" [MChE] or "Senior Member" [SMChE] designations.

Under the present standards of admission, current ICTPC members who held any of the above designations in the ICEC and who wish to be upgraded to that of Chartered Technical Practitioner must submit the following:

1) A written letter / application form addressed to the Registrar of the ICTPC requesting to be re-classified as a Chartered Technical Practitioner-"ChTP"

2). The letter / application form must also clearly state the field of discipline for which the applicant wishes to be considered.

3). A Certified Cheque/Money Order in the amount of $ 55.00 Cdn. payable to "The Institute of Chartered Technical Practitioners of Canada." This Application and Processing fee is non-refundable. (The Institute cannot and will not waive the application fee for an applicant, regardless of extenuating circumstances.)

4.) Two Typical Colour Passport size "Self Portrait" photos, certified and signed by an authorized or professional person.

5) Updated documents in support of your request for re-classification

Each request will be reviewed by the Examination Committee (EC) on a one-to-one basis. The EC will issue a report of its findings to The Executive Board of Directors of the Institute (EBD) and, if and when the recommendation is acceptable to the EBD for upgrading to the Chartered Technical Practitioner, then the following actions will be taken:- (In order to comply with the statutes and by-laws of the Institute, it may be necessary for some applicants to provide the Examination Committee with a written Technical Report from his / her Practical Experience or write an Academic Examination set by the EC to ensure competence in the chosen field of expertise. These will be in addition to the other requirements mentioned above. This will then complete his / her portfolio of membership within the Institute and will be kept by the Institute for record purposes.)

On Being approved, the member's name will be added to the list of registered Chartered Technical Practitioners of the ICTPC which will then entitle him / her to use the designation of 'ChTP', after his/her name. He / She will also receive the following:

- A new ICTPC Certificate incorporating his/her name, followed by the designation "ChTP" and the words "Chartered Technical Practitioner" followed by the "Discipline of Practice."

- A color photo ID card indicating his membership category and field of discipline. (This card will be wallet-size and similar in dimensions to a credit card)

Past ICEC members who held the Associate Member AMChE and Affiliate Member AffChE designations and upon a request made by such members, will receive assessments to determine proficiency in Education, Experience and Ethics. The latter categories must meet the present standards of the Technical Practitioner Category in order to attain the TecP designation. For certification, new minimum standards must be met, and any deficiencies must be improved in the first year of application process and may require participation in an Educational Upgrade Program set by the Board of Directors.

For more information, please contact your Registrar's Office by e-mail at:

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011