New world class technology accreditation program expected to pilot in spring 2014

October 17, 2013

The impending arrival of a new year heralds some exciting developments for the Canadian technology profession. Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a new organization established by Technology Professionals Canada (TPC), is poised to launch a pilot project in spring 2014 for a world class accreditation model for technology professionals across the country. TPC is a partnership of provincial technology associations in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan which represents approximately 85 per cent of the technology profession in Canada.

The establishment of TAC is in direct response to findings from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) which performed a comprehensive, third party review of current technology accreditation practices measured against best practices from other jurisdictions and sectors.

Further to CSA’s recommendations, TAC is committed to assuming a leadership position in the delivery of a significantly improved and effective national accreditation model, using highly trained professional auditors, maintaining an uncompromising degree of quality control and assurance, and rigorously applying national technology standards.

TAC will soon be conducting a pilot for the new national accreditation model. “The readiness of auditor training will be essential in confirming a pilot launch date for spring 2014. As this is one of the key distinguishing features of TAC, it is vital that we have excellent training in place, producing top-notch professional auditors,” said Barbara Chappell, TAC executive director.

Each TPC provincial association approved the TAC bylaws in principle at their recent council meetings. Incorporation of TAC is slated for later this year or early 2014.

TAC will continue to keep association members and academic and industry stakeholders informed of its progress going forward with regular updates on key service delivery milestones. -