TAC Accredits First Program at Camosun College

March 23, 2021
As part of National Engineering Month, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) on March 17th celebrated with Camosun College students, staff and faculty, accreditation of the institution’s Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - Renewable Energy program. National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the programs’ labs and student support services.  

The team of lead auditor Michael Ghazi, C.E.T. (Alberta) and auditors Alvin Alfano, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia) and Bill Simpson, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia) noted the program’s excellent breadth, providing graduates with employment opportunities in various industry sectors. Employers interviewed commented on graduates strong practical technical skills, confirmed by alumni, which indicated curriculum focusing on the design of devices for manufacture was of particular benefit. The program is supported by an engaged program advisory committee.

“Being recognized as a national accredited program is a significant achievement, one which demonstrates a commitment to delivering a program which meets the current standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession,” commented Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director.  “We congratulate the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - Renewable Energy program, the first TAC accredited program at Camosun.”

“Receiving TAC accreditation for our program is an important way that we can demonstrate to our students the value of their credentials,” says Alan Duncan, Chair, Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - Renewable Energy at Camosun College. “It recognizes an adherence to national standards and a commitment to advanced education that is valued by employers and all of the provincial governing bodies of our profession across Canada.”

Achieving national program accreditation provides students, industry and the educational institution confidence the program has met defined standards. Accreditation also affords graduates an expedited path to professional certification through Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC and provincial certifying bodies across Canada, in addition to, academic credential recognition in the signatory countries of the Sydney Accord under the International Engineering Alliance.

Accreditation Presentation
Alan Duncan, Chair of Camosun’s Electronics and Computer Engineering Department, poses with students,
and holds TAC’s national program accreditation certificate.