FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is RTTP certification right for me?

A: The RTTP certification is for you if you desire new opportunities, plus professional recognition of your technology transfer career credentials, knowledge, skills, roles and accomplishments.
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Q: What are the benefits of RTTP status?

Q. The international RTTP designation signals to employers, colleagues and partners that you have demonstrated the core competencies necessary to work effectively in the field of Technology and Knowledge Transfer and have sufficient experience to add significant value based on a recognized track record.
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Q: Is the RTTP a formal accreditation or certification?

Q. No, for the simple reason that we do carry out formal assessment (e.g. examination) against a formal body of knowledge. Rather it recognizes that you have received excellent training, accumulated experience and developed networks – and used that knowledge, experience and network to lead successful technology and knowledge transfer projects within the special environment of the research base. RTTP is essentially a brand, whose reputation and value is spreading as those who hold it demonstrate their superior mastery of the profession and ability to generate impact from research.
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Q: Is there a Minimum Timescale to achieve RTTP?

Q. To achieve RTTP status candidates must demonstrate achievement in knowledge and technology transfer between the research base and business and community organizations. This is demonstrated through submitting an Achievement Overview that describes an outcome to which you have personally played a leading role.

The sorts of outcomes described in the Achievement Overview usually unfold over many months. A typical candidate can expect to spend at least three years in the profession learning ‘best practice’ from leading practitioners and undertaking the job of knowledge and technology transfer before being able to submit a successful application for full RTTP status. This is not a hard and fast rule, however our experience of reviewing applicants’ Achievement Overviews is that it is rare to have led sufficiently impactful and complex cases to conclusion in less than this time.

Consequently, if candidates have achieved their RTTP credits through a rapid program of development designed to introduce them to the skills needed to succeed in their career, the panel recommends that their formal application is not submitted until they have been in the knowledge and technology transfer profession for three years.
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Q: What are the minimum requirements to apply for RTTP status?

A: There are some minimum requirements that you must meet in order to apply for RTTP:

  • You are in current employment in a professional knowledge and technology transfer or ‘boundary spanning’ role working between the research base and for profit businesses, public sector or community organizations.  You may be a deal maker or you may be working in a role developing initiatives and projects of value to the organization. You must have worked in the field for at least three (3) years.


  • You are working in industry to achieve knowledge and technology transfer in partnership with research organizations and have worked in the field for at least three (3) years.


  • You are a current member (individual or institutional) of one of the ATTP Partner Associations and have been so for at least 3 years. If you are NOT currently a member, or work in a country without a partner association presence, please see Join an ATTP Association

RTTP is not intended for roles that are of a reactive or administrative nature – such roles are of course essential and require skill-sets of their own. However RTTP was not designed to recognize such roles.

RTTP is not intended to recognize skills involved in business-to-business technology licensing, joint ventures, alliances, sales etc. Again, this type of transfer is of great value to the economy and society and requires deep expertise. However the interface and environment is very different from that involving public research and is outside the remit of RTTP.

If this sounds like you, please Apply Now for RTTP status
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Q. How do I choose an RTTP Application Route?

A. Please see the chart of RTTP Requirements by Route for an overview of the requirements for each route. To review route choices in detail and learn what makes for a successful RTTP application, please read Three Routes to Registration.
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Q: Will I be able to put the letters “RTTP” after my name?

A: Yes. Upon certification, you will have the official title, Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). You will immediately receive an RTTP e-certificate and subsequently, a hard-copy RTTP certificate.
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Q. What is the cost to apply for RTTP?

A. The RTTP registration fee is US $250, which covers an initial application and one amended application (if required by the review panel). See the FAQ, What if my initial application is declined?
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Q. What are the submission deadlines for RTTP applicants?

A. For 2018, the next RTTP submission deadline is Jan 18, 2018.
Subsequent 2018 submission deadline is Apr 20, 2018.
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Q: How do I begin the RTTP application process?

A. Here is a summary of the steps:

  1. Click the Apply Now link.
  2. Create an ATTP account (email address and password)
  3. Review the pages of the RTTP Application Form, and gather the requested information.
  4. Explore your Route choices to find the one best suited for your career to date. Prepare documents for your chosen application route.
  5.  Log in to your ATTP account (Login link is at top of all pages). It will launch the RTTP Application Form.
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Q. How do I navigate the RTTP application form?

A. Use the “Save & Continue” button to progress through the form. Once the form has been saved, you may use the number navigation links to jump to the desired page.
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Q. Do I have to complete the RTTP application form in one session?

A. No, you can fill out parts of the form, save your work with the Save / Update buttons, and return to complete the form and/or upload documents later (When returning to the ATTP website, use the Login link. After you supply your username (email address) and password, you’ll be taken straight to the uncompleted RTTP Application. While you are logged in, if you navigate away from the application, you can return to it by using the Become RTTP link and selecting My RTTP Application.
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Q. How do I change information I provided on the RTTP application form?

A. You can change your application route, evidence documents, and other saved information at any time — before you submit your application. If you change your Route, the Evidence Documents page will display requirements for the new Route. You can keep (or delete) evidence documents you uploaded previously, and upload new documents (Please delete any documents that are no longer needed).
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Q: Who will judge my RTTP application?

A: Your application will be judged by your peersa panel of 3 to 6 senior technology transfer professionals drawn from the founding associations. The diverse makeup of the panel provides expertise and consistency in assessing applications from around the world.
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Q: How does the review panel process work?

A. The review panel members verify information provided by the applicant and independently judge applications using a manual bidding system. After you submit your application, you will receive an email with a link to a page where you can check the status of your application. Successful candidates are notified within three weeks after the next submission deadline. The relevant national association subsequently issues a welcome letter and a hard-copy RTTP certificate.
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Q. What evidence is required for my employment in the technology transfer field?

A. Employment evidence is generally a letter from your employer, copy of pay slip (salary crossed out), copy of signed part of a contract of employment, or anything that confirms your employment status. The most common is a simple signed letter from your supervisor or line manager.
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Q. What evidence is required for Continuing Education (CE) credits?

A. You may qualify to use Route I for your RTTP registration if you have completed 60 CE credits. Please see Three Routes to Registration – Route 1, for details about accepted credits and evidence.
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Q. How quickly can I achieve RTTP status?

A. For candidates applying through Route I it is normally expected that they will accumulate RTTP credits over a number of years, thereby gaining formal development while building up their experience through practical application of their skills. This then enables them to demonstrate that they have met an acceptable standard to achieve RTTP status and apply learnings from the courses attended.

ATTP recognizes that it is possible to achieve the requisite number of CE points more rapidly through intensive programs but RTTP status can only be achieved following three years in the profession and on submission of a successful Achievement Overview.
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Q: What if my initial application is declined?

A: If your initial application is not approved, you will receive written feedback from the chair of the Review Panel. If the issue(s) can be resolved with additional documentation, and/or by choosing an alternate registration route, you can amend and resubmit your original application. There is no cost for submitting a second, revised application.
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Q. How do you protect my privacy, and how will the information in my application be used?

A. Your contact, education and employment information is confidential. Judges are bound and will only use details you provide to process your application. Under most circumstances, you do not need to provide confidential details of deals you arranged. If the ATTP office desires to publish a case study you provided for your application — for instructional purposes or to promote RTTP registration — you will be contacted to seek your permission. if you grant approval, this will be confirmed by electronic signature prior to publication. Once your RTTP registration is confirmed, ATTP will publish (also with your prior approval) your name, current job title, employer and country on the list of  Current RTTPs. For more information, see our Privacy Policy
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Q: I am a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). Does that make me automatically eligible for RTTP status?

A: No, not automatically. CLP examines a quite narrow range of technical and mechanistic skills. It is primarily designed for those operating in a B2B transfer. However, we have great respect for the CLP and will automatically accept CLP as being equivalent to 60 CE points for the Route II application. All that is required in addition is an Achievement Overview showing how you applied these learnings to Technology Transfer from the research base (e.g. academia).
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Q: What if I have a sizeable track record but have never taken a tech transfer course?

A: You will need to show evidence of your experience. Please read  Three Routes to Registration for further details.
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Q: I am based in a country where the founding associations have no presence—how do I apply?

A: The easiest way is to become a member of one of the ATTP partner associations. Then you can choose which of the three registration routes is most appropriate for you.
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Q. How do I become a member of one of the ATTP partner associations?

A. Please read Join an ATTP Association.
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Q: I don’t work in the technology transfer team but I am involved in business development to commercialize research—can I become an RTTP?

A: We welcome applications from staff in wider roles within technology/ knowledge transfer. The RTTP CE points requirement is the same but the Technology Transfer Overview will need to demonstrate an initiative/ project that you have led which has made a significant difference to the success of the team and/or which has engaged external partners in a productive partnership.
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Q: Does my registration expire?

A: No, but you will be asked from time to time to update your details to ensure that the Alliance’s list of Registered Technology Transfer Professionals is up to date.
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Q: What happens if I leave my job?

A: You retain your RTTP registration. Registration provides evidence of competence and commitment to the profession, thereby enhancing your resume, opening opportunities for career advancement and increasing job mobility.
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