The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

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In 2001, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) launched a program requiring mandatory certification of road construction contract administration personnel. Compliance is demonstrated as part of the bid packages.
 
The road construction designations representing the three required categories of workers are:
  • Road Construction Junior Inspector (rcji)
  • Road Construction Senior Inspector (rcsi)
  • Road Construction Contract Administrator (rcca)
The three designations are a step-by-step process. Graduates of two or three year post-secondary civil engineering programs qualify for the Road Construction Junior Inspector (rcji) designation. To advance from rcji to Road Construction Senior Inspector (rcsi) and finally to Road Construction Contract Administrator (rcca) requires additional road construction work experience and courses.

If you are not an OACETT member, you will have to apply for OACETT membership and the road construction designation at the same time. To apply for a road construction designation, or for further information about the program, see the Road Construction Designation Application and Guide.

OACETT will review your application(s) for OACETT certification, and a road construction designation. A qualification assessment will be issued outlining your individual program that will identify any academic and/or experience requirements. It is recommended that you do not register for any road construction courses before this assessment.

For additional information or assistance, contact Hala Maski at hmaski@oacett.org or at 416-621-9621, ext. 237.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I advance from one designation to another?
You will require a combination of road construction work experience and education. Check the Road Construction Application and Guide for details. Once you have all the requirements for the next designation completed, submit a new Work Experience Log.
 
2. How is work experience calculated for the road construction designations?
  • Work experience is calculated in “contract years”
  • A contract year is defined as seven continuous months (or a minimum of 1200 hours) employed in contract administration on MTO contracts in a single calendar year
  • Continuous experience in the field and in the office is counted when evaluating experience
  • Lay off periods are not counted and constitute an interruption in a contract year
  • Vacation periods are not counted as experience but they do not constitute an interruption of a contract year unless they exceed one month in duration
  • Applicants are required to provide details regarding employment duration on the Work Experience Log in the form of employment start and end dates. Applicants must also show all periods of layoff as well as any vacation periods. Experience and job duties must be verified by your employer
  • In rare cases, prior equivalent work experience may be considered
  • Where the duration of experience for a contract year is marginally insufficient the applicant may be asked to document hours worked if it might be to their advantage
For example:
  • Working from January 1, until July 31, is one contract year
  • Working from January 1, until December 31, is one contract year
  • Working from March 15, until October 15, is one contract year
  • Working from January 1, until December 31, with 2 weeks’ vacation in July is one contract year
  • Working from January 1, until December 31, with 5 weeks’ vacation in July is not a contract year. The vacation period was greater than one month
  • Working from January 1, until July 31, with 2 weeks’ vacation in June is not a contract year. The loss of experience time to vacation means there were fewer than 7 months worked
  • Working from October 1, until May 31, is not a contract year. 8 continuous months have been worked but not in 1 calendar year
  • Working from January 1, until March 30, then a lay-off period from April 1, until July 1, and working again from July 1, until December 31, is not a contract year. Nine months have been worked but not continuously
3. I am a graduate of a civil engineering program; do co-op and/or summer vacation work experience count?
 
No. Any work experience gained before graduation cannot be counted towards road construction experience requirements.
 
4. How is OACETT membership related to the road construction designations?
 
It is impossible for anyone to hold a road construction designation unless they are a member of OACETT. If a road construction member’s OACETT membership lapses for any reason, then their road construction designation is immediately removed.
 
5. How do I join OACETT and become a road construction member?
 
OACETT membership and the road construction designations are two different applications and application processes. There will be two different application fees and two different sets of annual dues. You may submit your road construction application before you are granted OACETT membership, but you will not be given the designation until after you become a member. You must complete all the steps of the OACETT application, read about that process here, and you must submit a road construction application, which you can find here.
 
6. OACETT has a certification timeline, how does that affect me as a road construction member?
 
All OACETT members are assigned a certification timeline when they become Associate members. The timeline is either 3 years or 6 years, depending on the results of the initial file review. For road construction members, following their timeline is mandatory. Road construction members must achieve certification (become a C.Tech. or C.E.T.) before their timeline expires or their OACETT membership and road construction designation are immediately removed. How much time (if any) is left in a member’s certification timeline affects many aspects of membership, especially when returning to OACETT after a resignation or expulsion, see question #19 below.
 
7. What are CEO courses? What are OGRA courses?
 
Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) is the organization that provides road construction advancement courses. In order to advance from rcji to rcsi you must pass the Highway Construction Inspection Course that CEO provides. To advance from rcsi to rcca you must pass CEO’s Contract Administration Course. After becoming an rcca you must take CEO’s Road Construction Contract Administration Recertification course every three years. CEO courses are typically offered once a year, most often in January. It is critical that you register on time.
 
The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) teaches specialized courses in road construction. If the Admissions Committee determines that your education is insufficient for the designation you applied to, they will assign courses for you to complete. These courses are often taught by the OGRA. For example, your college education may have been sufficient to grant you the rcji designation, but insufficient to advance to rcsi; courses will then be assigned before you can become an rcsi.
  
8. Do I need to take the Highway Construction Inspection Course from Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) to earn the rcsi designation?
 
Yes, this is a mandatory requirement. Only former MTO employees who meet specific requirements are exempt. If you are a former MTO employee, read the Road Construction Application and Guide to find out if you meet the requirements.
 
9. Do I need to take the Contract Administration Course from CEO to earn the rcca designation?
 
Yes, this is a mandatory requirement. Only former MTO employees who meet specific requirements are exempt. If you are a former MTO employee, read the Road Construction Application and Guide to find out if you meet the requirements.
 
10. I am an rcji and I took the CEO Contract Administration Course but I have not taken the Highway Construction Inspection Course, what happens now? 

The three road construction designations are a sequential process. It is not possible to become an rcca before gaining experience as an rcsi. You need both courses and experience working as an rcsi before you can advance. To upgrade to rcsi, you must enroll in and pass the Highway Construction Inspection Course.

11. What is the CEO Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course?
 
The recertification course is a mandatory requirement of the rcca designation stipulated by the Ministry of Transportation in agreement with OACETT. Failure to complete the recertification course causes the loss of the rcca designation. MTO is always informed when a member losses their road construction designation.
 
12. If I miss the refresher course, or I no longer want the rcca designation, can I return to being an rcsi?
 
Yes. You must contact OACETT and declare that you wish to be an rcsi. This is not an automatic process. If you do not apply to be an rcsi you will lose the rcca and have no road construction designation. You can return to rcca status by completing the refresher course within one year from the loss of your rcca designation. If more than one year has passed you must apply and take the Contract Administration Course like any other rcsi.
  
13. Can I request an extension to complete the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course?
 
It is the member’s responsibility to ensure they complete the course and keep their rcca designation current. Extensions are given in extremely rare circumstances such as severe illness or death in the family.
  
14. I am a former Ministry of Transportation employee, how is applying for a road construction designation different for me?
 
Normally, you need experience working as an rcji to apply for the rcsi, and experience as an rcsi to apply for rcca. Only former MTO employees may count their MTO experience against the road construction designation requirements. See the Road Construction Application and Guide for specifics.
 
15. I am a former Ministry of Transportation employee applying for the rcca, when will I have to take the Road Construction Contract Administrator Recertification Course?
 
If you qualify for the rcca, when you must take the recertification course will depend on how long it’s been since you worked in the construction administration field.
  • Applicants who worked in the construction administration field within the past year will not need to take the recertification course for 3 years
  • Applicants who have not worked in the construction administration field in the past 1-3 years must complete the recertification course within one year of receiving the rcca designation
  • Applicants who have not worked in the construction administration field in the past 3 years must complete the recertification course before they will be awarded the rcca designation
16. I am a P.Eng. Do I need a road construction designation?
 
To hold a road construction designation, you must be a member of OACETT. Applying to OACETT as a P.Eng. is a relatively simple process. However, a road construction designation may not be required for you to work on MTO projects. Speak directly to MTO to determine if a road construction designation is necessary for you.
 
17. I am approaching retirement. How does that affect my road construction designation?
 
You must be a full and active member of OACETT to hold a road construction designation. If you transition to an OACETT retired membership you will immediately lose your road construction designation. To maintain your road construction designation, you must continue to pay full OACETT and road construction dues, continue completing OACETT CPD, and if an rcca, the Road Construction Contract Administration Recertification Course.
 
18. If I resign my OACETT membership what happens to my road construction designation?
 
You must be a member in good standing with OACETT to hold a road construction designation. Your road construction designation will be immediately lost.
 
19. I am a former road construction member who is no longer an OACETT member. How do I return to OACETT and get a road construction designation again?
 
Reinstating as a road construction member is different from reinstating as a regular OACETT member. Why you are no longer a member and whether or not there is time left in your certification timeline both change the requirements for reinstatement. If you have been resigned from OACETT for 5 years or more, you must begin the application process as a new member.
 
A.   I lost my road construction designation but am still a certified OACETT member. How do I get a road construction designation again?  

Simply reapply for a road construction designation using the Application. If your road construction designation was removed because you failed to satisfy the conditions of membership (missed dues, no recertification course etc.), you will need to satisfy those conditions before your designation can be reinstated.

B.   I was a certified OACETT member with a road construction designation, how do I reinstate?  

You will need to reinstate your OACETT membership and reapply for a road construction designation. Reinstating your OACETT membership follows the usual processes that affect all OACETT members, you can read about them here. Road construction designations cannot be simply returned, they require a new application and application fee. Assuming your original application documents are still on file with OACETT and do not need to be updated, you should receive your road construction designation quickly.

C.   I was an Associate member with a road construction designation but I failed to comply with my certification timeline, how do I reinstate?

If your road construction designation was removed because you failed to write the PPE or IEPPE before the end of your certification timeline then you can remain an OACETT member, but you may not have a road construction designation until you are certified.
 
If your OACETT membership and road construction designation were removed because you failed to comply with your certification timeline, and you have both the PPE or IEPPE, and academic competencies missing, you may not reinstate your OACETT membership until you provide proof that you have fulfilled either one academic competency or the PPE. At that point you will be allowed to reinstate as an Associate member but you cannot be granted a road construction designation until you become certified.

D.   I was an Associate member with a road construction designation but my membership lapsed for a reason other than failing to comply with my certification timeline, how do I reinstate?

If your OACETT membership was removed for any reason other than failing to comply with your certification timeline (for example, not paying your dues), then your reinstatement process depends on how much time is left in your certification timeline.

If more than 6 months remain in your timeline, then you can reinstate your OACETT membership and reapply for a road construction designation. Your original road construction designation will be returned. Your deadline to certify remains unchanged.
 
If fewer than 6 months remain in your timeline, then you may apply for reinstatement and reapply for a road construction designation. However, you will not automatically be given your original road construction designation again. Your file will be reviewed by the registrar and a new certification deadline may be granted. Typically, this is a small window during which you must quickly certify.
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