TAC Offers International Recognition to Graduates

January 26, 2021
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) announce today an agreement whereby graduates of eligible TAC national accredited programs will have their academic credential internationally recognized under the Sydney and Dublin Accords. The recognition applies to graduates from TAC accredited programs from January 1, 2021, thereby offering an expedited path to professional certification in Accord signatory countries. Currently there are eleven signatories which make up the Sydney Accord and nine signatories the Dublin Accord.

Signed by CCTT, one of the founding signatories, the Sydney and Dublin Accords specifically focus on the mutual recognition of academic programs/qualifications which underpin the educational base for Engineering Technologists and Engineering Technicians respectively. Eligible TAC accredited programs are engineering technology programs which have met the national accreditation criteria, including advanced math. 

“This is an especially significant milestone for Technology Accreditation Canada”, comments Stephen Morley, TAC Board of Directors Chair. “International recognition enhances the value of TAC accreditation, creating a unique opportunity for graduates of TAC accredited programs to become certified in a signatory country.” 

Under the agreement, as the accrediting body for Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession, TAC will assume the obligations related to implementation of the Accords’ provisions, including undergoing a continuous review process of its accreditation program by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), providing reviewers for international reviews and mentoring accreditation organizations in other countries.

“In its role as Canada’s official signatory to the IEA Accords, CCTT, through this agreement, delegates to TAC the responsibility for the implementation of international recognition of qualifying educational programs”, explains CCTT President and CEO, Rick Tachuk. “This collaboration represents a major step forward in expanding world-class, internationally recognized accreditation throughout Canada.”   

“This is a very important agreement and will be well received by all stakeholders” states Dr. Patrick Kelly, Dean School of Engineering Technology & Applied Science at Centennial College, “This will greatly support mobility of our graduates to both work and study abroad”.