RTTP Criteria

RTTP Criteria

RTTP is the International Standard for evaluating the Professional Competence & Experience of practitioners working in Knowledge Exchange/Knowledge Transfer/Technology Transfer defined as “a collaborative, creative endeavour that translates knowledge and research into impact in society and the economy” whether such practitioners are working in universities, industry or government labs. Evaluations are based on a track record of real world-achievement by a group of peers and there are currently more than 550 registered professionals worldwide.

What is needed to achieve RTTP status?

Any member of an Alliance Association is eligible to apply for the RTTP credential provided that you must demonstrate the requisite experience, key skills needed to work effectively in the profession and that you have an established track record of achievement. For an application to be considered, you will need to provide evidence demonstrating that you have met each of the three requirements described below.


Key Skills


What is the experience requirement?

You must be able to demonstrate that you have been in a relevant role for at least three years.

To meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please submit a copy of your resume showing you have been employed in a knowledge exchange/knowledge transfer/technology transfer setting of a research organisation/institute for at least 3 years, together with proof of employment.

What is the key skills requirement?

You must be able to demonstrate that you have gained the key skills required to be effective and to perform your role independently, by either of the two pathways described below.

Training Pathway

Candidates must complete a minimum of 60 CE points comprising the following:



Claim on RTTP application
(out of 60 points)



Face-to-face training (live)


- Training courses

- Masterclasses

- Workshops


No maximum


- Conferences

- Annual meetings

- Regional / other meetings (if large and similar to annual meetings)



Online (live)


- Training courses

- Masterclasses


No minimum



No minimum


HYBRID (live face-to-face mixed with live online training)


- Training courses

- Masterclasses


No minimum

No maximum re the face-to-face part of the hybrid course

45 CE points re the online part of the hybrid course

Self-study (pre-recorded or hybrid included pre-recorded material)

- Pre-recorded training sessions

- Pre-recorded webinars

Not considered for RTTP application

Not considered for RTTP application

*RTTP applicants will need to demonstrate in their application that at least 15 CE points were awarded from face-to-face interaction whether training or networking.

Mixed Pathway

Candidates may be able to demonstrate that they have gained the requisite key skills required to be effective and to perform as a technology transfer professional by providing evidence of two or more of the following:

List of professional qualifications

attained, or relevant courses attended that have assisted you to achieve the RTTP core competencies. The name of the training/ awarding body or bodies should be provided with enough detail about the course/qualification for the Panel to determine the relevance and level of the qualification. If you have undertaken RTTP accredited courses but have obtained fewer than 60 CE points, you may also include these in this list.

List of ‘deals or projects’

undertaken of appropriate size, quantity and quality in proportion to your length of service/ experience.

Description of leadership roles

in KE/KT/TT including size and scope of teams/ initiatives you have managed.

What is the achievement requirement?

You must be able to demonstrate that you have applied your knowledge and skills to lead a complex knowledge exchange or technology transfer project.

A 1000 word Achievement Overview endorsed by your manager and submitted for assessment by your peers.

Form of endorsement
The endorsement must at least state: “I confirm that the above Achievement Overview is a true and accurate reflection of [insert candidate RTTP name]’s personal Achievements and endorse [insert candidate RTTP name]’s application for RTTP status.”

As the RTTP credential is awarded to individuals (as opposed to teams), it is essential that the Achievement Overview describe your role in one of the following activities:

Complex and significant collaboration/strategic partnership

Which would not have happened without your input and which met the intended goals of the parties.

Complex and significant commercial deal

Which would not have happened without your input (e.g. licensing; substantial consultancy/ contract research arrangement(s); the creation of a spin-out company which you actively led through its pre-investment phase and that subsequently raised external funding, made an impact in its market or generated value for its shareholders

Significant knowledge transfer initiative

Which would not have happened without your input and that resulted in new capacity, structures, funding, incentives or other developments that enabled demonstrable knowledge transfer/ knowledge exchange outcomes.

Demonstrated leadership

In knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer or technology transfer industry over a number of years, that has delivered significant outcomes due to the specialist knowledge, skills and experience provided by your leadership and promoted the global standards in knowledge and technology transfer

To assist candidates to prepare their Achievement Overview, an example structure can be view here. The RTTP designation is for an individual, not a Team, so the role of the applicant needs to be explicitly stated.

Describing your core competencies

RTTP applicants should describe their skills and achievements relevant to these six core competencies. These competencies are recognised as common across the world and have been developed to fit with existing national frameworks in several key countries.

A detailed description of core competencies, skills and experience

These core competencies have been developed in collaboration with existing national frameworks in several key countries.

Strategic & Business Insight – strategic thinking; market-led, business acumen, and commercial skill

Relevant skills/experiences may include:

  • Identifying/ sourcing opportunities/ initiatives
  • Translating market knowledge into commercial opportunities
  • Scenario building, assessing risks, undertaking due diligence
  • Formulating the vision, setting direction, and securing buy-in
  • Developing the strategy and design of projects/ initiatives
  • Defining the market and business strategy and/ or the marketing cycle
  • Matching skills, experience, capacity, and resources to opportunities

Entrepreneurial Leadership – leadership in building collaboration and partnerships and changing organizations through innovation

Relevant skills/experiences may include:

  • Creating the appropriate environment/ climate for knowledge exchange
  • Overcoming institutional issues or partner barriers through flexible, creative solutions
  • Aligning funding opportunities with strategic aims and priorities
  • Engagement in securing funding
    Identifying and securing new funding to support KE/KT/TT projects and/ or initiatives.
  • Supporting new venture formation, structures, legal frameworks, shareholder agreements, and accessing investment funding
  • Developing and managing community-based or charitable projects
  • Nurturing new ventures/ projects until financial independence.

Legal, scientific and technical knowhow – understanding and managing the legal, contractual, and domain issues required to effectively exchange and transfer knowledge

Relevant skills/experiences may include:

  • Assessing the technical and scientific attributes and commercial potential of IP
  • Developing an IP exploitation strategy to meet commercial needs
  • Applying different licensing and business models
  • Protecting, packaging, and enforcing any IP needed for the project
  • Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing relevant IP licenses and agreements
  • Understanding and demonstrating expertise in commercial law/ finance frameworks
  • Interpreting, advising on, and managing risk
  • Complying with relevant external regulations including national/ international jurisdictions relating
    to legislation, guidance, and commercial and ethical standards

Effective Engagement – marketing, promotion, brokering, communication, persuasion and influencing required to bring partners together

Relevant skills/experiences may include:

  • Building new networks for University/ business collaboration
  • Researching and creative planning to identify potential partners
  • Applying the marketing mix to relevant markets/ segments
  • Digital Marketing and social media
  • Finding partners, investors, and collaborators
  • Brokering partners and solutions
  • Informing and persuading potential partners
  • Leading, structuring and realising complex negotiation, reconciling different perspectives to achieve resolution e.g. conflicts with lawyers, accountants
  • Managing effective relationships with stakeholders with different cultures or backgrounds e.g. contracts, milestones, deliverables, managing disputes, resolving problems

Governance and Project Management – managing complex projects to transfer/ exchange knowledge and ensuring effective governance and compliance

Relevant skills/experiences may include:

  • Establishing governance frameworks for multi-stakeholder projects
  • Developing, setting up. and managing complex projects e.g. contracts, budgets, milestones, deliverables, decisions, handling information, and reporting on outcomes and successes
  • Compliance with relevant legal, ethical, and project-related requirements
  • Developing, setting up, and managing customer experience/ delivering or facilitating outcomes
  • Evaluation – commitment to self-reflection and evaluation, as part of a culture of continuous improvement in both practice, and outcomes to all partners

Knowledge Transformation and Management – administration of systems and processes to support the effective transfer or exchange of knowledge

Relevant skills/experiences may include:

  • Knowledge capture and management
  • Knowledge value recognition & reconciliation
  • Administration of knowledge, and information flow
  • Developing, setting up, and managing systems (including ICT systems) to handle knowledge from its creation or capture through to the completion of the objectives and ensuring that information flows efficiently to achieve KE/KT/TT objectives
  • Developing and managing networks and ecosystems
  • Allocation of funding for facilitating knowledge exchange