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ASET offers an alternate way forward
Over the ensuing months, Patel learned about the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals
of Alberta (ASET) through a web search and referrals from
fellow professionals. ASET is the professional self-regulatory
organization for engineering technologists and technicians in
Alberta, representing approximately 18,000 members.
He reached out to ASET in the spring of 2016. "My feeling was
that whatever path I chose, it would be right. I'll do whatever is
necessary to work in my field," he said.
Thanks to ASET, he was able to pursue an alternate route
to employment related to his field. While working as a production operator for a leading pet food manufacturer, he
applied to ASET for certification, providing the requisite
documentation and completing professional practice exams (PPE). Within six months of starting that process, he
achieved his ASET designation of certified engineering
technologist (C.E.T.). Half a year later - and as a direct result
of having that designation - he was promoted to industrial
engineer. Most recently, he accepted a position as an operations manager for another company.
These days, Patel sits on ASET's board of examiners, and
gives presentations to fellow ASET members. He is planning
to remain involved with, and a member of, ASET. When he
has everything he needs to meet the criteria for a P.Eng., he
will pursue it. For now, he confirms that there is an abundance of opportunities before him since receiving his C.E.T.
designation.

ASET's commitment to
fair registration practices
Patel's success story would not have been possible were it
not for ASET's forward-thinking approach to foreign-trained
professionals. In 2011, ASET council took note of what was
going on in Ontario: in 2006, the Ontario provincial government had passed the Fair Access to Regulated Professions
Act, which required certain regulated professions to implement fair registration practices. In 2009, the law was amended to include some trades.
In response to this, ASET established an annual fair registration practices audit, leading to a number of improvements,
including plans to design a single, competency-based evaluation process for all certification candidates, regardless of
their country of origin.
In 2013, ASET council formally approved adoption of a
competency-based assessment model. The following year,
ASET's council and board of examiners approved removal
of the Canadian work experience requirement for foreigntrained professionals, making ASET one of the few regulatory
bodies in Alberta to do this.
"We realised that the Canadian work experience requirement was in practice discriminatory," said ASET CEO Barry
Cavanaugh. "So we carefully investigated what criteria were
essential, and eliminated anything that contributed to it being potentially discriminatory. As a result, the criteria we now
apply are wholly objective and directly related to knowledge
and ability."

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