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Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) is one of the new professional bodies that gives Professional Recognition to Technologists and Technicians in related technology and technical fields.

Based on Act 768, MBOT expands its function vertically and horizontally whereby MBOT looks at technology based profession that cuts across discipline based from conceptual design to a realized technology and covers from Technicians (with SKM/Diploma Level) up to Technologists (Bachelor Degree level and above). As a whole, these professionals (Technologists and Technicians) have integrated roles from concept to reality.
Under section 8, Act 768, the Board Members are appointed by the Minister, comprising professionals from Public Service, Local Authority or Statutory Authority, Private Sector, Technology Organizations, Institutions of Higher Learning, Skills Training Institutions and other related Professional Boards.

The Board through National Monitoring and Nomination Committee sources and screens the prospective candidacies for Board Membership from various category and institutions to ensure comprehensive and quality composition of the board at any practicable time. The recommended candidates are then nominated to the ministry for Minister’s approval and eventual appointments.
MBOT was established as a professional body through a Technologists & Technicians Act 2015 (Act 768), to register and recognize Professional Technologists as well as Certified Technicians as professionals. It was instigated by the recommendation of the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP), which has identified the needs for setting up a professional body to register and recognize graduates of skills and technology.

In line with the 2nd strategic thrust of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy or DSTIN (Developing, Nurturing and Shining Talents) in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), MOSTI has implemented various programs to develop STI-related human resource capacity. Malaysia intends to become a developed and inclusive nation by the year 2020 whereby needs for human capital knowledgeable ethical to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth. 

In order to retain the number of TVET workforces growing in the industry, MBOT also assists in ensuring the quality of the profession is in line with the dynamic development of the current industry and current trends in manufacturing technologies include, among others, automation, Internet-of-things and cyberphysical systems.
Based on Act 768, MBOT expands its function vertically and horizontally whereby MBOT looks at technology based profession that cuts across discipline based from conceptual design to a realized technology and covers from Technicians (with SKM/Diploma Level) up to Technologists (Bachelor Degree level and above). As a whole, these professionals (Technologists and Technicians) have integrated roles from concept to reality.

Section 5 (Act 768) stipulates MBOT to perform the following functions:
  1. To recognize and register Technologists and Technicians as Professionals based on technology and technical fields;
  2. To provide facilities for the promotion of education and training and to hold or cause to be held, professional development programmes for registered persons to further enhance their knowledge relating to their professions;
  3. To conduct assessments or to cause assessments to be conducted by an institution approved by the Board for the purpose of admission to the profession;
  4. To determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of the technologists and technician profession; and
  5. Generally, to carry out all such acts and do all such things as may appear to the Board necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
As of April 2021, the Board has determined and approved the following 23 technology and technical fields as per listed below:
  1. Electrical & Electronics Technology (EE)
  2. Information & Computing Technology (IT)
  3. Chemical Technology (CM)
  4. Telecommunication & Broadcasting Technology (TB)
  5. Building and Construction Technology (BC)
  6. Biotechnology (BT)
  7. Green Technology (GT)
  8. Manufacturing & Industrial Technology (ME)
  9. Agro-based Technology (AF)
  10. Transportation & Logistics Technology (TL)
  11. Material Technology (MT)
  12. Marine Technology (MR)
  13. Maritime Technology (MI)
  14. Resource Based, Survey & Geomatics Technology (RG)
  15. Food Technology (FT)
  16. Oil & Gas Technology (OG)
  17. Automotive Technology (AT)
  18. Aerospace & Aviation Technology (AV)
  19. Nano Technology (NT)
  20. Nuclear & Radiological Technology (NR)
  21. Art Design & Creative Multimedia Technology (AM)
  22. Cyber Security Technology (CS)
  23. Atmospheric Science and Environment Technology (AC)
* the list is not exhaustive, and may expand or scale down based on technology field requirements, subject to Board’s approval.
**[section 16: Act 768];
Recognition & Acceptance
Individuals can use the title of Ts./P.Tech or Tc./C.Tech. Acceptance by peers in industry, academia & public services

Talent Mobility
More opportunities for professionals from every level of technology

Life-long learning
MBOT adopts CPD hours that will encourage professionals to attend professional courses & they can be done directly through TEP members

Technology Fora & Programmes
Regular fora & programmes will be conducted by MBOT and TEP for every technology fields
There are 4 types of registration being offered based on the applicant’s qualification.

1. Graduate Technologist
It is open for applicant who holds a bachelor degree and above that is related to technology and technical field. It is a perpetual registration and no renewal fee. This is an entry-level registration before one can apply for Professional Technologist.
* [section 21(1): Act 768]

2. Professional Technologist
This category of registration can only be applied by the registered Graduate Technologist with the following requirements:
  1. Obtained the practical experience as may be determined by the Board
  2. Paid the prescribed fee
  3. Complied with all the criterias to be determined by the Board
*[section 21(3): Act 768]; [P.U.(A) 8–2017] & [Requirements & Qualifications v1.1 (2017)]

3. Qualified Technician
It is open for applicant who holds a qualification recognized by the Board (minimum of SKM Level 3MQF – Diploma Level 5 MQF) related to technology and technical field. It is a perpetual registration and no renewal fee. This is an entry-level registration before one can apply for Certified Technician.
* [section 22(1): Act 768]

4. Certified Technician
This category of registration can only be applied by the registered Qualified Technician with the following requirements:
  1. Obtained the practical experience as may be determined by the Board
  2. Paid the prescribed fee
  3. Complied with all the criterias to be determined by the Board
*[section 22(3): Act 768]; [P.U.(A) 8–2017] & [Requirements & Qualifications v1.1 (2017)]
It is an online application through our website www.mbot.org.my and the fee payment can be transacted online via online banking FPX in the system.
As of March 2021, MBOT has approved 21,154 Graduate Technologist, 9,253 Professional Technologists, 3,736 Qualified Technicians and 912 Certified Technicians.
The registration applications for Graduate Technologists and Qualified Technicians will be directly assessed by secretariat once the applicant fulfils the academic qualification in the related technology and technical field, before being tabled to the Board for approval.

As for the Professional applications (Professional Technologists and Certified Technicians), the applicants will go through a rigorous Professional/Competency Assessment* before it is being tabled to the Board by the Examinations & Qualifications (E&Q) Committee.

*The Professional Assessment modules will be formulated by the TEP members in the respective fields. Every technology and technical fields have specific professional assessment which have been proposed by the TEP of that specific field. This professional assessment will involve professional judgment and competency in terms of skills as well as specific knowledge in the respective technology and technical fields.
Professional Technologists and Certified Technicians will have to complete the required number of 30 and 20 CPD hours each to renew their professional registration. 
You may contribute by submitting an article for the publication of TECHIES. Professional registrants may collect 2 CPD hours if the article is published. 
Engineer is a discipline-based profession. A registered person must possess the academic engineering-discipline degree and profess the similar field of engineering discipline in the professional and technical environment.

Technologist is a multi-disciplinary technology-based profession that comprises the experts from various technical background, professing in the similar technology fields. The scope of works for technologists includes any operation relating to product development, manufacturing, testing, commissioning and maintenance. *[section 16 (b): Act 768];
TEP stands for Technology Expert Panel that comprises of government representatives that directly involved in the respective technology fields, industry players and academia. These 3 combination will form strategic alliance of experts that acts as advisor and oversee the respective technology fields.

TEP will have duties in engaging with:

a. Academic Accreditation
To assist the Technology & Technical Accreditation Council (TTAC) in accreditation process.

b. Professional/Competencies Assessment
To provide professional assessment & standards for practising professional including CPD framework.

c. Practising Provision
To develop & propose practising provisions for professionals in the respective technology and technical field.

d.Training & Lifelong Learning 
To conduct or assist in implementing training for professionals under related technology and technical field.
 
In supporting the country's aspiration towards IR 4.0, MBOT is seen as a dynamic and flexible professional body and most relevant platform to leverage expertise and skills from various areas of technology under MBOT wings. This advanced technological elements are pervasively embedded into the TVET curricular right up to the technological practicing provision, to add value to the various booming industrial sectors in Malaysia.

The MBOT Technology Expert Panel (TEP) comprising relevant government agencies, industry players and academics are seen to be able to provide technologists and technicians to be more receptive, adaptive, innovative and pro-active to dynamic development of various related industries.