The requirement for Canadian education and work experience has been abolished for engineering technologists and technicians in Alberta. The move by the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), the industry regulator for engineering technologists and technicians in Alberta, has made it easier for foreign engineering technologists and technicians to become certified in the province. As both Canadian and overseas education/experience will be treated equally, they need not possess Canadian education or work experience to quality. So they can find a job in the province without much delay.
Engineering technologists and technicians in Alberta
The jobs of engineering technologists and technicians come under National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2232 and are different from engineering occupations. Alberta still demands some level of Canadian work experience for engineering occupations. Data from Statistics Canada shows that in Canada, only half of the immigrants with an Engineering degree are able to build a career in their area of expertise. But the case is different for Canadian-born Engineering graduates as almost 66 percent of them are able to successfully find employment in their area of expertise.
When it comes to integration of immigrants to the Canadian society, credential recognition is one of the most important challenges being faced by the authorities. Canadian government spends millions of dollars each year to facilitate easier and faster integration of newcomers to the Canadian society. The integration services offered to new immigrants include settlement and employment services and assistance for obtaining license to practice a particular profession. As finding a job makes the integration process easier, the new move by ASET is expected to boost integration of immigrants qualified under engineering technologists and technicians easier.
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