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ASET waiving fees for refugees to get them back to work quicker

Posted on July 27, 2022 by Taber Times

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) has announced they will be waiving fees for engineering technologist refugees from war-torn countries in order to speed up the process of finding work in their field without returning to school. ASET is the professional self-regulatory organization for engineering technologists and technicians in Alberta and they currently represent over 16,000 members, including full-time technology students, recent graduates, and fully certified members in 21 disciplines and more than 120 occupations across a multitude of industries.

Thanks to a pair of initiatives, ASET is waiving all application fees for refugees seeking to become members and attain their designations such as a certified engineering technologist. These fees, including application, prior learning assessment and recognition fee, ASET professional practice exam, and certification exam fees, can cost up to around $1,000 per member over time. 

“ASET recognizes that many applicants who are refugees from countries in crisis are also suffering significant economic hardship,” explains a press release from ASET.

In Taber, there are currently 14 ASET members living in the community. 

“If your readers in Taber and surrounding areas know of anyone newly arrived from Ukraine who has training in engineering technology, they can reach out to the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta to find out how they can get on the right path to getting their foreign engineering technology credentials assessed and certified so that they are readily able to work in Alberta without having to return to school to repeat their education,” explained Michele Penz of Calico Communications. 

How it works is, those who have passed an ASET-approved English language proficiency test and are seeking certification, an ASET certified engineering technologist (CET) or certified technician designation (CTech), then undergo a competency assessment. This would include submitting academic credentials, work experience documents, and confirming their work experience locally and abroad. Following that, they would need to complete a professional practice exam that tests them on Alberta-specific legislation, professional ethics, and the ASET certification exam. 

To reach out to ASET, they may use the following email:

The link to the international applicant webpage is

The link for information about waived application fees for refugees is

For those who cannot access their transcripts, the link for PLAR is

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