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Documents You Should Bring or Have Sent to Canada to Apply for Occupational Entry, Work, or Educational Studies

Prepared by the Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning (CIRL)
March 2004

Occupation: Engineering Technologist


Certification as an engineering technologist is voluntary in Canada. However, in Manitoba, some employers may require certification. The Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) is the province’s independent certifying body for engineering technicians and technologists. To apply for certification, you will be required to have your qualifications assessed and complete an application process. For information, visit This website will also explain the application process.

Documents and Translations

Below are documents you should obtain from your home country if you wish to apply for certification as an engineering technologist in Manitoba. You may want to print this page.

All documents must be translated into English by a Canadian-certified or official translator in your home country. One way to arrange for an appropriate translator is to contact Translations Canada at You may provide translators with copies of the documents.

  1. A detailed description of your education including your secondary and postsecondary schooling.
  2. Transcripts of all courses taken at college or university. Official transcripts should be sent by the awarding institutions directly to the Association by mail. CTTAM normally requires the original degree or diploma and the original transcript. A notarized (official) copy of these documents is acceptable. All original documents will be returned to you.
  3. Details of all technical courses taken. Course outlines and hours of duration are particularly valuable.
  4. Photocopies of degrees, diplomas, or certificates awarded by secondary schools, colleges and universities. All photocopies in the absence of the original must be verified as a true copy of the original.
  5. A resume containing a detailed description of your current job including job title, department, company, Supervisor's title, date of appointment. Describe the various functions of the job in order of importance. Indicate the percentage of total time spent on each function. Specify how you influence or direct the work of others, indicating the numbers and qualifications of people involved. Describe the manner in which your work is assigned and evaluated. Describe examples of projects with which you are typically involved.

To Apply for Employment

There are many agencies in Manitoba that can help you find employment in your field or in other occupations if you are unable to practice your occupation. To assist you with this, we also recommend that you obtain the following documents from your home country and be prepared to have them translated into English:

  1. Documentation and other evidence that demonstrate your ability to speak in English. It can be difficult to obtain employment in skilled trades in Canada without good language skills.
  2. Copies of previous job descriptions and other documentation that presents details of your past work experience, particularly how long you worked in each job.
  3. Copies of detailed courses descriptions of all courses you took during your training.
  4. Copies of program descriptions of all degree and non-degree programs of study that you graduated from at college or university.
  5. Original or certified copies of degrees, diplomas, and certificates from the secondary schools, colleges and universities from which you graduated.
  6. Original or certified copies of transcripts from the above secondary schools, colleges and universities.
  7. Documents that describe courses or training you took through work or in the community.
  8. Documents that describe community organizations that you did volunteer work with and descriptions of your volunteer duties.
  9. Original letters of reference from previous employers confirming your job duties and responsibilities and the quality of your work. Some of these references should be from Canadians familiar with your work.
  10. Original letters of reference from community organizations for whom you did volunteer work.
  11. A resume prepared in a style consistent with Canadian business practices.
  12. Samples of your work.