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Right to Title Legislation requested by the Association of Engineering Technologists and Technicians of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL)

What is the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL)?

  • AETTNL is a non-profit, self-governing organization, formed in 1968, that represents more than 1,200 technical professionals in the province.
  • Members work in both the private and public sectors in the following applied science and engineering technologist and technician disciplines: bioscience, instrumentation, industrial mechanical building, civil mining, forestry, chemical, petroleum, geomatics/surveying, electrical and electronics.

Application details:

  • Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has received an application by AETTNL requesting the establishment of professional recognition and Right to Title legislation for certified applied science and engineering technicians and technologists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

What is Right to Title legislation?

  • Right to Title legislation relates to a profession where only members of a regulatory body can make use of specific titles and abbreviations allowed to them by law. Individuals who are not members of that regulatory body may practice the occupation, but they may not use any of these titles or allow others to believe (by using a similar title or abbreviation) they are members of a regulatory body.
  • The proposed legislation would mandate that AETTNL be the provincial certifying body for applied science and engineering technicians and technologist in the province and that its professional designations be provincially recognized and protected for use by certified members of the Association only.
    • All provinces have implemented or intend to implement Right to Title legislation for these occupations.

What titles are being considered?

  • Professional Technologists: PTech, Ptech., P.Tech.
  • Certified Engineering Technologist: CET, C.ET, C.E.T, C.E.T.
  • Certified Technician: CTech, CTech., C.Tech.
  • Applied Science Technologists: AScT, A.Sc.T, A.Sc.T.

Why Right to Title legislation?

  • In its application, AETTNL identified three issues to be addressed through Right to Title legislation: quality guarantee, enhanced worker mobility and increased public confidence.

Impacts of Right to Title Legislation:

  • Should the application be approved, and Right to Title legislation be enforced, there would be no impact on members of the AETTNL.
  • Legislation will not diminish current or future employment opportunities for non-members who are not certified.
  • This proposed legislation would not restrict the right of any person to carry on any occupation.

Get Involved:

  • AETTNL members, non-members and the public have the opportunity to participate in the survey regarding Right to Title legislation for applied science and engineering technicians and technologists in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • AETTNL members will receive a survey directly from the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency.
  • All others are encouraged to email to request the survey.
  • The survey will run from July 10, 2019 to August 2, 2019. It should take you approximately 5-10 minutes to complete this survey.
  • Any additional inquiries can be forwarded to

Privacy of Respondents:

  • The information is being collected and protected under the authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Please be assured that your answers will be kept strictly confidential and published in aggregate form only. No individuals will be identified in the survey’s results.
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