Key Information

Advanced Placement

If you have a completed degree, diploma, or equivalent (such as a threshold of military training), you may qualify for direct entry into second year of a full-time programs. This is a scenario where 'block credit' may appear on your transcript.

Note: Most applicants are required to do some additional bridging course-work, even if they are granted advanced placement.

Block Credit

Block credit occurs when a group of courses, often in the form of a certificate or diploma equivalency, are recognized for credit transfer. If granted, ‘block credit’ will appear in your transcript as such rather than course-by-course basis.


Certification is the process of verifying that you meet the required standards of education, work experience and conduct to be registered as a Certified Technician (CTech), an Applied Science Technologist (AScT), Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or Registered Technical Specialist (RTS). Only certified and registered professionals have the right to use the applicable reserved title and abbreviation after their name. The standards used to determine if your knowledge, skills and abilities are adequate for certification as a CTech, AScT or C.E.T. are established by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Standards for certification as an RTS are established by the applicable provincial association.


A pathway is a personalized education roadmap to ensure success in a program. These paths are specific to each program. They take into consideration your military occupation, rank, and life experience. In order to fill any knowledge gaps, pathways generally consist of a handful of prerequisite courses, commonly known as bridging courses, which must be completed before program entry.

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)

PLAR stands for 'Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition' and refers to course-credit given for different types of learning. This could include job-training, seminars or workshops.

Course Training Plan

Document used in the CAF outlining enabling objectives (similar to academic learning outcomes) members are expected to learn and apply in order to complete a course or obtain qualification(s).

Certified Technician

The Certified Technician (CTech) or Certified Engineering Technician (CET) is a professional capable of carrying out responsible and varied technical tasks usually in a specialized portion of the fields of applied science or engineering technology. Through the accumulation of academic qualifications, training and experience, the technician assumes responsibility for many aspects of work within this specialized portion of the field of practice. The technician is a graduate of an accredited certificate program (typically one or two years duration) or equivalent, who has completed two or more years of progressive experience in an area of work directly related to the program and who has received favourable supervisory references.

Certified Technologist

A specialist in engineering technology and applied science. Technology disciplines are similar to the technology and applied science programs offered in post-secondary education institutions. There are approximately 20 disciplines including civil, chemical, electrical, environmental, mechanical, surveying and geomatics.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is when you have taken an equivalent course at another recognized institution, and therefore qualify to receive credit for that course at your incoming institution.

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