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It may seem that immigrant applicants for professional recognition from ASTTBC and other provincial technologist associations are sometimes subjected to more stringent requirements than are Canadian applicants. This, by law, is never the case! At our foundation, ASTTBC is essentially a Quality Assurance organization (for individuals through certification and for technology programs through accreditation), and as such, we must apply the same due diligence to all applicants, international or domestic, in our verification of educational content and level, and of work experience (= certification) before granting full membership (= registration).
Some ITP applicants, well along in their application process, may find that they are asked if they wish to be registered as a Provisional Member. This means that ASTTBC’s Board of Examiners has fully assessed and recognized their educational credentials, but feels that the appropriate work experience in a Canadian environment may not yet be fully realized. This gives the applicant a choice: possibly accept a designation other than the preferred level, or accept the Provisional credential, signifying to potential employers that the application is well underway, and that the employer should encourage and support the applicant by providing him/her with work assignments which will lead to the required experience.