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Candidate Without a Diploma

People without diplomas are eligible to obtain an apprentice competency certificate (ACC) in a given trade only if the state of the labour pool allows it.

When the labour pool is “open”, a person without a diploma who fulfills the general conditions can obtain a competency certificate if they meet the following requirements.

Guarantee of employment

To obtain an apprentice competency certificate, candidates without a diploma must have a place reserved by an employer during a labour pool opening by contacting the Info-pénurie line at 1 877 973-6874. By reserving a place, the employer guarantees the candidate 150 hours of work over a three-month period. (If you are a woman, see the measures in force that apply to you).

Proof of studies

  • You must provide proof that you have the prerequisites of the program leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in the trade for which the application is being submitted.
    • If you do not have the prerequisites of the program leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in the trade for which the application is being submitted, you can get an exemption from holding a competency certificate and you must undertake to complete these prerequisites within a year.
  • The form “Application for registration or modification of identification file or choice of union association" and all copies of the required supporting documents must be mailed to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec
c/o Application to obtain an apprentice competency certificate
CP 2030
Succursale Youville
Montréal, Québec, H2P 0B1

Candidates can also go in person to a regional office of the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) with all their documents.

The CCQ must have received the employee’s complete file within 14 working days of the employer’s registration of the guarantee of employment in order to be able to issue the competency certificate applied for. 

People who become apprentices in Quebec can have their training and work experience recognized in order to be properly classified in their apprenticeship. Click here for more information.

 

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