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Certification Changes at AMPA 2001

New Technological Certification Regulations

The Certification needs of technological teachers has been of concern to Provincial OSSTF for some time. Last year Certification Council looked at possible motions which might help to address some of these concerns. The motions which were to be presented to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly (AMPA) 2000, were withdrawn as it was felt that further study and improved language was required.

At the March meeting of AMPA 2001 a series of changes to the existing Honour Technological Studies Specialist Program were passed.

These changes will become effective September 1, 2001. AMPA is the only body which can approve changes to the OSSTF Certification Regulations. Before taking these changes to AMPA the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) and OSSTF had discussions regarding these possible changes. OSSTF received a letter from OPSBA stating that they concurred with these changes. It is important for Members to check with their local District Office to see if in fact, their collective agreement will recognize these changes for the September 2001-2002 school year.

Based on the analysis done on files submitted in January 2000, it would seem that roughly 66% of technological teachers will benefit from these changes in some fashion. Some will automatically move up a group while others will have the number of courses needed to move to the next group significantly reduced.

A simplified explanation of the affect these technological changes may have on a Member's file include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

Member currently in Group 1 may move up to Group 2 by taking three approved acceptable full courses. *The new Regulations state that a Member can now use their Certificate of Apprenticeship as one full course, their Certificate of Qualification (from the Ministry of Education and Training) as one full course and their Interprovincial standing (Red Seal) as one full course in order to move up.

A Member currently in Group 2 may move up to Group 3 by taking three approved acceptable full courses. *The new Regulations state that a Member can now use their Certificate of Apprenticeship as one full course, their Certificate of Qualification (from the Ministry of Education and Training) as one full course and their Interprovincial standing (Red Seal) as one full course in order to move up.

A Member currently in Group 1 may move up to Group 3 by taking six approved acceptable full courses. *The new Regulations state that a Member can move from Group 1 to Group 3 if they hold two different and distinct Certificates of Apprenticeship, Certificates of Qualification (from the Ministry of Education and Training) for each trade and the Interprovincial standing (Red Seals) in both trades.

* Certificates of Apprenticeship and Certificates of Qualification which carry the same number cannot be used twice.

These are very simplistic overviews and only by examining a Member's individual file can a specific and actual evaluation be done.

What do I need to submit to see if my Certification has changed?

All Members who may be affected by these changes must submit a written request to the Certification Department for a re-evaluation and include either original or notarized copies of the Certificate of Apprenticeship, Certificate of Qualification (from the Ministry of Education and Training) and/or Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal (from the Ministry of Education and Training). Remember, it normally takes 8 - 10 weeks for a Certification application to be processed.

Please share this information with other technological teachers. If you are unsure whether this affects you, send in a written request to the Certification Department for a re-evaluation and include the proper documents.

Effective September 1, 2001, CERT Reg. 18 will be amended as follows:

TECHNOLOGICAL MOTIONS

BIRT, effective September 1, 2001, CERT Reg 18 be amended as follows:

CERT Reg. 18 HONOUR TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES SPECIALIST PROGRAM Chart 3

18. All Members in possession of, or working towards, the Honour Technological Studies Specialist entry on their Certificate of Qualification will use the following chart. (A.98)
18.1 GROUP 1
18.1.1 A technological qualification entry on the Certificate of Qualification
18.2 GROUP 2
18.2.1 (a) A technological qualification entry on the Certificate of Qualification plus one of the following:
  (i) three acceptable full courses*,
  (ii) Certificate of Qualification** with Red Seal (for interprovincial standing), (see Notes for Chart 3), or
18.2.2 (b) a technological qualification entry on the Certificate of Qualification plus one of the following:
  (i) an acceptable three-year Technologist Diploma from an accredited Institute of Technology or College of Applied Arts and Technology (C.A.A.T.), (A.92)
  (ii) an acceptable Art or Music Diploma. (A.92)
18.3 GROUP 3
18.3.1 (a) Group 2 (a) plus one of the following:
  (i) three acceptable full courses*,
  (ii) a Certificate of Qualification** with Red Seal (for interprovincial standing), (see Notes for Chart 3), or
18.3.2 (b) Group 2 (b) plus two acceptable full courses*, or
18.3.3 (c) Group 2 (b) plus the Honour Technological Studies Specialist entry on the Certificate of Qualification, or (A.98)
18.3.4 (d) a technological qualification entry on the Certificate of Qualification plus one of the following:
  (i) an acceptable three-year Technologist Diploma (second class standing) from an accredited Institute of Technology or College of Applied Arts and Technology (C.A.A.T.), (A.92)
  (ii) an acceptable Art or Music Diploma (second class standing), (A.92)
  (iii) an acceptable Professional Appellation. (A.92)
18.4 GROUP 4
18.4.1 Honour Technological Studies Specialist entry on the Certificate of Qualification plus one of the following: (A.98)
18.4.2 (i) Group 3 (a), (A.92) 18.4.3
  (ii) Group 3 (b), (A.92) 18.4.4
  (iii) Group 3 (c) plus two acceptable full courses*, 18.4.5
  (iv) Group 3 (d). (A.92)
18.5 *REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSES FOR CHART 3 (A.92)
  The course must meet the following conditions: (A.92)
18.5.1 The course must have been accepted by the Certification Division after submission of the course criteria; (A.92)
18.5.2 the course must have a minimum of seventy-five hours duration for full credit or forty hours duration for half credit; (A.92)
18.5.3 a formalized evaluation of the participants must be part of each course; (A.92)
18.5.4 the credit value of a course must be indicated by diploma and/or transcript from the institution offering the course; (A.92)
18.5.5 the course must be offered by a recognized educational institution and must form part of an accepted program of studies leading to a post-secondary diploma; (A.92)
18.5.6 the course should contribute to the teacher's professional improvement within the parameters of the secondary school curriculum. (A.92)
18.6 NOTES FOR CHART 3
  ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE COURSES FOR THE HONOUR TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES SPECIALIST PROGRAM
18.6.1 Acceptable Professional Appellations applicable to this chart are R.C.A. (Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) and P. Eng. (Professional Engineer). (A.92)
18.6.2 Additional Basic Qualifications may be considered as courses for Groups 2, 3 or 4, but any used for admission to the Honour Technological Studies Specialist must be replaced with equivalent courses before using the Specialist for Group 4. (A.92)
18.6.3 Courses leading to Ministry of Education qualifications may be considered for upgrading provided they are completed at a Faculty of Education in Ontario and an official transcript is submitted.
18.6.4 Ontario Academic Course credits may be considered by the Certification Division as courses for Groups 2 and 3. These O.A.C. credits must be in addition to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. (A.92)
18.6.5 All diplomas will be evaluated on an individual basis for use on this chart. (A.92) 18.6.6 A Certificate of Qualification** with Red Seal (for interprovincial standing) is defined as follows:
18.6.6.1 The Certificate of Apprenticeship is equivalent to 1 acceptable full course;
18.6.6.2 the Certificate of Qualification** is equivalent to 1 acceptable full course;
18.6.6.3 the Red Seal (for interprovincial standing) is equivalent to 1 acceptable full course.
18.6.7 A Certificate of Apprenticeship and a Certificate of Qualification** may be considered for upgrading to Groups 2 and 3.
18.7 "University Courses" shall be defined as in Certification Regulation 2.1.8.1.

** Issued by the Ministry of Education and Training