The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Available CPD Courses/Activities

Here are some Continuing Professional Development opportunities that partner organizations have opened up to our members. The first section lists activities with set dates, the second section lists activities that are more flexible or can be done any time.

September 3, 2019
Mississauda, ON

Cost of learning event : $149 + $19.37 HST = $168.37


In this comprehensive workshop, you will have an opportunity to see and discuss how Canada’s requirements for workplace chemicals are updated as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is incorporated into WHMIS.

This program will run from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

At the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • The changes made to WHMIS
  • The differences between WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015
  • How to read and understand the SDS (Safety Data Sheet)
  • The location of the SDS sheets in your workplace 
  • Be able to identify a supplier label and make a workplace label
  • Be aware of any hazards in their workplace and know how to handle them safely
  • Be able to identify the basic principles of emergency planning

This workshop is recommended for managers, supervisors, workers, and anyone else who works in proximity to Hazardous Products in the workplace.

Instructor: Mr. Tracey Thibeau, CSS

Tracey worked as a Lead Cargo Agent for Air Canada and for 17 of those years he was a Dangerous Goods Acceptance Specialist. For over 18 years, Tracey has been delivering courses for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air, Water and Ground. During that time Tracey owned a company, Corridor Safety Training Consultants that provided training for transporting dangerous goods for all three (3) modes of transport. Tracey has delivered courses for IATA for the transport of dangerous goods by air for Infectious Substance in Montreal, Miami, Arkansas, Michigan and Geneva. (WHO). Tracey also facilitated Dangerous Goods Initial and Recurrent courses globally. Tracey is Danatec’s Senior Safety Consultant and training instructor for the transportation of dangerous goods by Air, Water and Ground various parts of Canada and USA. Tracey also oversees and delivers all Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) training in Canada.


Legal Process Qualification for Designers, Building Officials and RCA's (Exam Prep)​
September 14-15, 2019
Lindsay, ON

Cost of learning event: $399.00 + $51.87 HST

The Legal Process Qualification course is intended to assist Building Code practitioners, including building officials and designers in preparing to write the Designer, General, Chief Building Official or Registered Code Agency qualification examinations administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housings. 

Students gain a basic knowledge of the legal process related to building code administration, roles and responsibilities of all practitioners. Practitioners will learn how to find and obtain a better understanding of the requirements of the Building Code Act and the regulation that are applicable for writing the examination.

At the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of:
  • The Structure of the Act and Code
  • Organization and Application
  • Compliance
  • Definitions and Interpretations 
  • Referenced Standards
  • Enforcement Authorities
  • Unsafe Buildings
  • And more
Instructor: Steve Penna, CET, CBCO
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in building code interpretation and enforcement as a plans examiner, inspector, supervisor and manager.  He is also a part-time instructor of Building Code courses at a number of different community colleges in the greater Toronto area. He has co-authored a number of building code technical manuals including the text for this course. Steve is a member of OACETT and the OBOA.

CATT - Advances in Watermain Rehabilitation
October 15, 2019
Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga ON

Cost of event: $590 + HST

This workshop will present recent advances in the North America watermain rehabilitation industry.  It will start with ongoing and recent developments by the AWWA Watermain Rehabilitation Standards committee by chairs of the committees giving presentations.  First Chris Macey will provide and update on the recently published White Paper that provides new guidance on the classification of watermain rehabilitation products and design considerations. This presentation will show you that not all watermain rehabilitation products are the same and how to specify the product you want to have.

Ontario Building Code (OBC) – Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems Exam Prep
November 25-29, 2019
Barrie, ON

Cost of learning event: $849.00 + HST: $110.37 = Total cost including HST: $959.37

This course deals with the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements for on-site Sewage Systems with design capacity of up to 10,000 litres per day. The OBC technical requirements for these systems are found primarily in Division B., Part 8 of the Code, but also include and refer to other portions of the OBC, the Building Code Act and Supplementary Standard SB6. This course is an introduction to the principles of on-site sewage systems and includes the following topics:
  • Requirements under the Building Code Act (BCA) as related to sewage systems
  • Site evaluations, test pits and percolation times (T-times)
  • System characteristics and daily design flows
  • Design and construction of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 sewage systems
  • Inspection and review of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 sewage systems
  • Operation and maintenance minimum requirements for existing systems, and
  • Occupational Health and Safety as related to sewage system inspection or enforcement
This 5-day Exam Prep course is designed to prepare the student for writing the MMAH On-site Sewage Systems qualification exam. It is scheduled for November 25-29, 2019.

Learning Objectives:
  • At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the legal requirements under the BCA and OBC
  • Evaluate the site characteristics and determine the options available for the site
  • Understand the minimum design requirements for the five classes of on-site sewage systems
  • Understand the construction requirements for the various types of systems
  • Understand some of the health and safety requirements related to the construction of on-site sewage systems
  • Understand the basics of evaluating malfunctioning systems, remedial work and change of use for buildings connected to existing systems.
Your Instructor:
Jeffrey Chalmers, CET, CBCO
Jeffrey has over 40 years’ experience in building code interpretation and enforcement as a plans examiner, inspector, chief building official, building code consultant and instructor of building code courses. Jeff has extensive knowledge in all areas of the Ontario code and has helped develop new training courses in the Ontario Building Code and also the National Building Code for training across Canada.
Jeff is a member of OACETT, the OBOA and the OPIA.

Developing Cultural Diversity in Your Organization FREE
This is a series of 19 videos recorded by Lionel Laroche, one of Canada’s thought leaders on the topic of cultural diversity and immigrant integration. These videos are meant to help viewers understand the true nature of the challenges that culturally different people often experience when they work together. By analyzing how the way we were brought up impacts the way we think and communicate in the workplace, these videos help viewers pinpoint the root causes of the cross-cultural challenges they may experience and provide concrete, tried-and-tested solutions that viewers can implement immediately in their work. By combining insightful diagrams and humorous anecdotes, these videos help viewers see the perspective of others and realize that we can end up with profound misunderstandings even when everyone involved has the best intentions at heart. These videos are highly recommended to anyone who works in an organization where the company picture is diverse. Check out the videos today!

LEAN Yellow and Green Belt Certifications in the GTA from QCDMS Consultants

About the Certification:
LEAN (Toyota & Honda Production System) certifications are in great demand, across multiple job sectors (Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Public Service). LEAN is simple, and yet it is the most powerful business improvement methodology available. Through LEAN, you can engage yourself and your staff to challenge the status quo and improve your organization's performance. Come & learn how to improve your bottom-line and "how to do more with the same".

About the Events:
CJ from QCDMS Consultants (Charanjit ‘CJ’ Bawa, C.Tech. PMP, Black Belt Lean Coach & Change Agent) is conducting 5 LEAN Yellow Belt certification courses and 2 Green Belt certification courses in the next 7 months. After the training, you will be given the opportunity to visit a TOYOTA or HONDA plant (at no additional cost) to witness all the classroom lessons in action. To register or learn more, follow the link above or email CJ at Be sure to inform CJ of your OACETT membership to receive a discount on your LEAN training.

Utility Infrastructure Awareness
Ontario's Only Utility Infrastructure Awareness Education Solution 
Cost:  $113.00
  • Take Ownership of Your Safety
  • Reduce Utility Infrastructure Damages
  • Stay in Compliance
  • Increase Your Safety Culture
This e-learning program gives everyone involved on excavation projects the awareness and knowledge to stay safe and reduce utility infrastructure damages when excavating.  Instructions on how to register.

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Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps​ (offered by the Ministry of Labour)  FREE
This training introduces workers to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It focuses on the health and safety rights and responsibilities of workers, supervisors, and employers. It also serves as a general introduction to workplace health and safety. Workers can use this free training program as one way to meet the minimum training required by the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regulation. The program can be completed using the workbook or the eLearning module.

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7 Axioms of Value Creation (OACETT members receive a 30% discount; use code OACETT)

Gain the edge and learn about the code for success in today's disruptives times. In his unique online training series, Ian helps shape critical thinking concepts that prepare you for a future which is technology driven and approaching more rapidly than we could ever anticipate. Access this breakthrough learning in a convenient online format and learn from the comfort of your home or office. 

Ian Khan is the principal of FUTURACY Institute of Thought Leadership and was the speaker at OACETT's 2018 AGM and Conference:  CPD Session
He is a Technology Futurist featured on CNN, a Forbes Contributor, and the author of "7 Axioms of Value Creation". Ian has been on the TEDx stage as a speaker three times. As a leadership author and trainer, he extensively tours globally and teaches his 7-Axioms of Value Creation methodology. Ian is also the host and creator of “Blockchain City”, a documentary capturing the adoption of Blockchain technology by cities worldwide. An expert in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and the convergence of technology, he is a globally renowned technology expert and thought leader.

The following are included for $275:
  1. Introduction to the 7 Axioms of Value Creation Course. A certificate is issued upon completion. (CPD approved for 2 hours under the Management/Leadership category)
  2. eCopy of the 7 Axioms of Value Creation (Writing a short summary will earn 2 hours of CPD under the Management/Leadership category)
  3. PowerPoint Presentation 
  4. Video of the CPD Session at the AGM. (Writing a short summary will earn 2 hours of CPD under the Management/Leadership category)
  5. Introduction to Today’s Technology Power Era Video
Approved for one CPD activity under the Management/Leadership category upon completion of sections 1, 2, and 4 above.
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