FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the RTTP designation right for me?

A: The RTTP is for technology exchange technology knowledge/technology transfer practitioners. The designation is right for you if you desire professional recognition of your technology transfer career credentials, knowledge, skills, roles and accomplishments.


Q: What is the benefit of RTTP status?

A: RTTP infers competence. 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 exchange technology/knowledge/technology transfer and have sufficient experience to add significant value based on a recognized track record.


Q: Is the RTTP a formal accreditation or certification?

A: 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.


Q: How do I apply to become RTTP or Candidate RTTP?

A: Please review the Minimum Requirements for RTTP or Candidate RTTP Registration. Then, create an account (email address and password). You will be logged in and RTTP APPLICATION – Page 1 will open. You will be able to type, save and submit your information in one session. Or, you can type and save some initial information, then return to update or complete the application later. Check the box to receive ATTP technology transfer news by e-mail. 


Q: How have the routes to RTTP Registration changed?

A: We have streamlined the routes to RTTP. This will give a new opportunity for knowledge transfer professionals to work towards RTTP whatever their level of experience. We hope you will consider taking advantage of the new approach.

We are also launching a new form of RTTP – The RTTP Candidate Pathway. The key benefit of the Candidate Pathway is that candidates are required to develop a career aspiration plan and to identify relevant training or mentoring that they need to achieve this. All KE/KT/TT professionals who have already undertaken their respective Association’s accredited courses will be invited to enroll.

To help you select the most appropriate RTTP registration for you (RTTP or Candidate RTTP), review the RTTP Registration section which provides you with a summary and detailed instructions and tips for successful applications for each one.


Q: Is there a Minimum Timescale to achieve RTTP?

A: 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.

Consequently, if candidates have been in the profession for less than three years, yet 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 they submit an application for the RTTP Candidate Pathway.

Q: What are the minimum requirements to apply for RTTP status?


  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have been in a relevant role for at least three years. By a  ‘relevant role’ we mean one in which you are involved in the transfer of technology or knowledge from the academic research base into organisations (private businesses or public organisations) that further invest in and derive social or financial impact from that technology or expertise. Normally the terms of this transfer would be through a formal license or collaboration agreement.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have gained the key skills required to be effective and to perform your role independently.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have applied your knowledge and skills to drive and complete KE/TT projects independently.
  • Additional information may be found here.

Q: What are the minimum requirements to apply for Candidate RTTP status?


  • The Candidate is working in a KE/KT/TT role and is a member of one of the ATTP alliance associations.
  • The Candidate is committed to skills development through training or working with a mentor.
  • The Candidate has developed a Career Aspiration Plan.


Q: Which RTTP application should I complete?

A: Please see RTTP Status and Candidate RTTP Pathway sections for an overview of the requirements of each.


Q: Will I be able to put the letters “RTTP” or “Candidate RTTP” after my name?

A: Yes. Upon RTTP 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. For those submitting for Candidate RTTP, once the application has have been completed and approved, your Candidate RTTP status will be recognized.


Q: What is the cost to apply for RTTP or Candidate RTTP?

A: The RTTP registration fee is US $300, which covers an initial application and one amended application (if required by the review panel).  Candidate RTTP registration fee is US $50.


Q: What are the submission deadlines for applicants?

A: The upcoming submission deadlines are posted on www.attp.info. The next RTTP submission deadline is April 20, 2018.


Q: How do I begin the 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 or Candidate RTTP Application Form as applicable, and gather the requested information.

4. Log in to your ATTP account (Login link is at top of all pages). It will launch the RTTP or Candidate RTTP Application Form.


Q: How do I navigate the 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.


Q: Do I have to complete the 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.


Q: Who will judge my application?

A: Your application will be judged by your peers — a 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.


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.


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), and 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.


Q. What evidence is required for Continuing Education (CE) credits?

A: Your respective Association can confirm your CE credits.


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, you can amend and resubmit your original application. There is no cost for submitting a second, revised application.


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.


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. 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).


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 and demonstrate that you have gained the key skills required to be effective and to perform your role independently, and that you have applied your knowledge and skills to drive and complete KE/TT projects independently.


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 review the application criteria and if eligible, complete the application process.


Q. How do I become a member of one of the ATTP partner associations?

A: Please read Join an ATTP Association.


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 point’s 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.


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.


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.