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Applied Biology Technician

Pre-assessments or Reviews

The College does not do any assessments or reviews of applications or courses prior to an application submission. All assessments are conducted upon an application being completed. Click on this link to understand the application prociess and status.

For additional details regarding registration, please see the College Credentialing Standard. Please note the Credentialing Standard has been updated to ensure requirements are consistent across all streams of entry in the ABT category.

If you are interested in the ABT designation and are not sure if you meet the requirements complete the College’s Applicant Self-Assessment Tool (ASAT) for the category you are interested in. The ASAT is a tool that provides information about all the College’s registrant categories and their associated requirements.

The application and registration processes

The application and registration processes are done online through the College’s portal. It is important to keep the following in mind with regards to your application:

  • Start your application when you have completed all the requirements for an ABT (e.g., education, work experience); and
  • Once submitted you can track your application status in real time in your profile through the College’s portal. Click on the links to understand your application status and Application Fee Payment Schedule. Please refrain from contacting College staff for an update on your application, these inquiries take time away from processing applications. Everything you need to know regarding your application’s status is in your profile.

Requirements for a ABT application:

There are several application requirements that you need to complete as part of the ABT application and registration process. These are:

An approved applicant proceeds to steps 4 & 5. A declined applicant can apply for a reassessment (see below) and if approved they proceed to steps 4 & 5.

  1. Indictable Offence Declaration. Details are found in the Indictable Offence Policy;
  2. Academics: requirements (these vary depending upon the stream of entry you are applying for; however, Streams 1 and 2 require minimum of 200 hours or 5 instructional weeks of course work)
  3. Credentials:
    • Minimum 1 to 3 years of practicing applied biology work gained in the last 5 years; and
    • References: 1 or 2 that support your competencies as a professional

An approved applicant proceeds to steps 4 & 5. A declined applicant can apply for a reassessment (see below) and if approved they proceed to steps 4 & 5.

  1. Professional Ethics and Course and Exam
  2. Registration

IMPORTANT:

  • For specific details regarding application and registration, please refer to the College Credentialing Standard or contact the Regulatory Officer, [email protected] or the Manager of Registrations and Compliance, [email protected]
  • ABT applicants must have completed a minimum of 200 hours or 5 instructional weeks of course work for Streams 1 and 2 
  • Work experience needs to demonstrate how the applicant meets the definition of the practice of applied biology as defined in the Applied Biologists Regulation

Streams of Entry for ABT. All streams of entry applications if approved are granted the same designation, ABT.

Stream of Entry Academics Academic Course descriptions No. of years of applied biology work experience* post certification/course work Reference(s) that support your professional practice competencies
Stream 1 Certificate from a College accredited program+ No 1 year within the last 5 Yes - 1
Stream 2 Certificate or diploma from a non-College accredited program that meets all the required courses as described in the Credentialing Standard Yes 1 year within the last 5 Yes - 1
Stream 3 Not applicable as described in the Credentialing Standard Yes 3 years within the last 5 (No certificate/course work required) Yes - 2

+If College-accredited program applies to the a different designation, applicants must meet all the course requirements for an ABT as described in the Credentialing Standard.
*As defined in The Applied Biologists Regulation + Up to 5 months of applied biology volunteer work can be included as experience.

Applicants are required to provide:

  1. Indictable Offence Declaration. Details are found in the Indictable Offence Policy.
  2. Academics:
    • Official Transcripts – the College requires official transcripts from all the academic institutions where you have completed a certificate &/or course and are claiming it in your application. This applies to any transfer courses as well. Once official transcripts are received by the College they are uploaded to your application.
    • **Please inform College staff if the name on your transcripts is different than the name on your application so we can ensure your transcripts are received and uploaded to your application. If not this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.**

Paper/hardcopy Electronic/digital transcripts Internationally educated applicants (outside Canada and the United States)*

To be mailed directly from all post-secondary institutions where you completed courses, including the institution(s) showing credentials granted to:

College of Applied Biology
ATTN: Registrar
#210-852 Fort Street
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1H8

Accepted only if they are:

  1. Accessed directly by the College of Applied Biology's Regulatory Officer through a secure site offered by the granting institution

OR

  1. Emailed directly to the Regulatory Officer by the granting institution.

You must provide:

  1. A Credential evaulation directly from a recognized credentialing service such as WES, ICES, or IQAS; and
  2. A second set of official transcripts. If these are not in English, the College requires an English translation sent by a certified translator directly to the College's Regulatory Officer.
  • Stream 2 applicants must provide all course descriptions for certificates or courses they are submitting to meet the requirements for stream 2 (refer to the Credentialing Standard).
  • This does not apply to Stream 3 applicants.
  1. Credentials
    • References
      • Streams 1 & 2 – 1 individual is required to provide you with a reference 1) who can attest to the character, integrity, work ethic and/or work experience of the applicant and validate the work history; 2) must come from an individual knowledgeable about the applicant’s experience in applied biology, and 3) who is not related to the applicant unless the relative is the supervising professional.
      • Stream 3 – 2 individuals are required to provide you with a reference 1) who can attest to the character, integrity, work ethic and/or work experience of the applicant and validate the work history; 2) must come from an individual knowledgeable about the applicant’s experience in applied biology, and 3) who is not related to the applicant unless the relative is the supervising professional.
        • In the portal you will send an email with a link to questions for your references to complete.
        • References are required to describe the your skills and abilities in the 7 Professional Practice Competencies.
  • Only 1 of the 2 references may be from the applicant’s current employer. For exceptions contact the Registrar ([email protected]).
  • It is preferred if the references are from regulated professionals; however, this is not mandatory.
  • In the portal you will send an email with a link to questions for your references to complete. Reference responses are submitted directly to the College.

IMPORTANT: If you have more than one designation and/or your work experience includes another profession or work such as forestry, engineering, agrology, etc. you need to clearly demonstrate the amount of time (e.g. 50%, 30% etc.) of your work/each job/position you spent practicing applied biology and explain what that involved. This information is used to assess that you meet the amount of required applied biology work experience for the stream you have applied for e.g., Stream 1, 2 or 3.

  1. Professional Ethics and Conduct Course and Exam

If your application is approved, you will be required to:

  • Complete the College’s online course and exam in professional ethics within one year of approval. The cost of the course is $200. A link to the course will be emailed to you.
  1. Registration

Before you are registered, use your designation, receive your seal and are added to the College registry you must:

  • Complete the Professional Ethics and Conduct course and exam; and
  • Pay fees: seal and annual dues (these are pro-rated based upon the time in the fiscal year you are registered).

Declined applicants

If an applicant is declined they receive a notification informing them what the deficiency(ies) in their application is. An applicant can opt to have their application reassessed if they feel the deficiency(ies) has been resolved. A reassessment can be applied for through the applicant’s profile on the College’s portal.

A reassessment provides an applicant the opportunity to provide additional information that may resolve the deficiency(ies) in your application. At this time a reassessment does not include any additional application fees as long the applicant submits the requirements (e.g., documents, etc.) to the College within the allotted timeframe stated by the College in the delinked notification. If an application is approved after a reassessment an applicant proceeds to steps 4 and 5 above.