Change of apprenticeship period

Receiving and processing monthly reports takes about three months at the CCQ, leading to a delay in the updating of workers’ apprenticeship record books. We have therefore set up a procedure for immediately recognizing a change of apprenticeship period.

The new wage rate is applicable as soon as the period changes

Once an apprentice has completed the 2,000 hours of work required for the current apprenticeship period, the employer must adjust the wage rate to the one for the new apprenticeship period without requiring the worker to go to the CCQ regional office to have his or her apprenticeship record book stamped to attest to a change of period.

How can employers fulfil this obligation?

  • By keeping an up-to-date register of hours worked by their employees.
  • By keeping track of the hours worked by new apprentices using information gathered from these apprentices’ apprenticeship record books when they are hired.

What are the apprentice’s obligations to the employer?

Apprentices are responsible for keeping their employer informed about their apprenticeship hours worked. To do this, apprentices must present their employer with:

  • Their up-to-date record book, which they may obtain by registering for the CCQ’s online (Internet) services
  • The letter sent by the CCQ notifying them when they have worked more than 1,600 hours
  • Their new apprenticeship record book issued by the CCQ once training credits have been added to the apprenticeship record book.

What happens if the cap of 2,000 hours has been passed and the new wage rate has not been paid?

If the new wage rate has not been paid once the apprentice has passed the cap of 2,000 hours, the employer is required to pay the new wage retroactively.

For the residential sector, the agreement provides, however, that retroactive payment cannot exceed 10 days if the employee did not notify his or her employer. For all the other sectors, it is provided that retroactive payment cannot exceed 20 days if the employee has not notified his or her employer.

What happens when the apprentice passes his or her qualification examination?

The employer must pay the new journeyman wage rate starting on the date that the apprentice passes the qualification exam session, unless the collective agreement sets out specific rules regarding retroactivity, as is the case in the residential sector. However, it is the apprentice¹s responsibility to supply the employer with the letter stating that he or she has passed the exam. This letter is sent to the apprentice by the CCQ within two weeks following the date of the exam session.