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Recognition of training and work experience

Once you have obtained an apprentice competency certificate, you can have your training and work experience recognized in order to be properly classified in your apprenticeship.

In Quebec, the apprenticeship system is divided into 2,000-hour periods. At the end of each period, the apprentice’s wage rate increases. This system guarantees that workers have accumulated a certain number of relevant work hours as apprentices in order to develop the skills needed to register for the provincial qualification examination which allows them to achieve journeyman status in a construction trade.

Here are the procedures for having training and experience recognized. 

Recognition of training

The different vocational training programs can be recognized as hour credits to allow you to advance in your apprenticeship periods.

Hour credits may be paid into an apprentice’s apprenticeship record book when he or she completes a training activity that is relevant to the apprenticeship in his or her trade. Obtaining these hour credits is conditional on completing the training activity.

Apprentices may  ask the CCQ to analyze the courses they have passed, either a diploma from a vocational studies program pertinent to the construction industry or partial training to obtain apprenticeship hour credits. Not all of the training offered by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec will be analyzed by the CCQ; for a number of courses, apprentices will be referred to the recognition of acquired competencies (RAC) department in the school board of their choice.

Consult the table of hour credits per trade.

Recognition of work experience

The hours worked by apprentices in the construction industry are recorded in their apprenticeship record book on the basis of the declarations made by employers in their monthly reports. These hours correspond to work performed on construction sites covered by Act R-20 in Quebec. Therefore, any hours worked performing tasks not covered by Act R-20, in Quebec or elsewhere, must be submitted to the CCQ for analysis before being recorded in your apprenticeship record book.

Because the possibility of having work experience recognized takes effect on December 28, 2017, processing times may be as long as six weeks due to requests by people who are already in apprenticeships in Quebec.

Eligible work experience hours

To be recognized by the CCQ, all hours worked performing tasks not covered by Act R-20 must meet the following criteria:

  • Be related to the tasks of your trade;
  • Must not have been declared by an employer in a monthly report;
  • Must have been remunerated.

Note that the number of hours recognized this way, combined with the recognized training hours, cannot exceed 70% of the duration of the apprenticeship.

Example of the work experience and training calculation.

If the application that you submit contains enough eligible hours for you to be eligible for the qualification examination allowing you to earn journeyman status, you will automatically receive a letter inviting you to register for the examination.

Form to have training and work experience recognized

The form “Request for recognition of hours - Training or work experience” allows you to apply to have hours recognized, with respect to both training and work experience.

If you are an employer candidate, use this form.

To obtain recognition of your hours of training received in a Quebec program, the CCQ uses the file related to your permanent code assigned by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec. You must write this code on the form.

As for work experience, the form offers "work experience sheets" which allow your employers to certify the hours that you worked performing relevant tasks while you were in their employment.

The form "Request for recognition of hours - Training or work experience" or "Request for recognition of hours - Training or work experience (Employer or self-employed worker)'' and all copies of required supporting documents must be mailed to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec
c/o Recognition of training or work experience
Employer candidate : c/o : Recognition of training or work experience - Employer
CP 2010
Succursale Chabanel
Montréal, Québec, H2N 0C3

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

Canadian candidates from outside Quebec

If you would like to receive recognition for hours worked outside Quebec under a recognized Canadian program, the rules of the Apprentice Provincial – Territorial Mobility Agreement apply.

Through this agreement, the combined number of hours of work experience and training can be fully recognized.

You must provide a photocopy of a document certifying the progress you made in an apprenticeship outside Quebec, if necessary. The document you must complete is called "Request for recognition of hours - Worker undergoing training in an apprenticeship sytem outside Quebec".