Job requirements Food Technologist in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "food technologist" was moved from the group Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC 2211) to the group Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC 22100).

Find out what you typically need to work as a food technologist in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC 22100).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Chemical technologists usually require completion of a two- or three-year college program in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology or a closely related discipline.
  • Chemical technicians usually require completion of a one- or two-year college program in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology.
  • National certification for chemical technologists and technicians is available through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.
  • Certification in chemical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by employers.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Professional Technologist (Ptech) Regulated Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals (ASET)
British Columbia Applied Science Technician (chemical) Regulated Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
Applied Science Technician (gas And Petroleum) Regulated Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
Certified Engineering Technician (gas And Petroleum) Regulated Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
Certified Engineering Technologists (chemical) Regulated Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
Manitoba Certified Engineering Technologists (chemical) Regulated Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba
Certified Engineering Technologists (chemical) Regulated Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba
New Brunswick Certified Engineering Technologist (chemical) Regulated New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Ontario Certified Engineering Technician (chemical) Regulated Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Québec Aquatic Products Processing Plant Quality Controller Regulated Emploi Québec
Saskatchewan Applied Science Technician (chemical) Regulated Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians
Certified Engineering Technologists (chemical) Regulated Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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