Collaboration between regulators, academia and industry, although at times sporadic and not without its challenges, has been a long-standing practice in Canada.
As far back as the 1980’s Transport Canada instituted a consultative body known as the National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC provided opportunity for representatives from various areas of the aviation industry such as airlines, operators (large and small), regional associations and technical training organizations (colleges) to meet with Transport Canada regions and headquarters personnel to discuss issues related to the training and licensing of aviation technicians and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs). This conference was held on an annual basis and normally hosted by one of the many technical colleges across the country. Come the 1990’s Transport Canadas consultative process changed and the annual NAC was no more.
Recognizing the benefits of being able to meet, discuss on-going issues and share best practices the technical colleges were determined to maintain their connections. As a result, the National Training Association (NTA) was created as a mechanism to allow for continuing collaboration and partnership with each other – and between academia, industry and regulators.
The NTA is also one of the founding members of the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) – now known as the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) – holding a seat on the Board of Director’s since it’s inception in 1991.
For over 20 years NTA member organizations/representatives have worked side-by-side with industry and regulatory counterparts to help to define/develop aviation occupational standards and training requirements for both licensed and non-licensed trades – and continues to do so moving forward.