Qualification Examination

Passing the examination is one of the conditions for access to the status of journeyman. The qualification examination is intended essentially at assessing your acquired skills upon completion of the apprenticeship in your trade or specialty. The exam questions, written and validated with expert journeymen, cover all of the essential skills required for the trade or specialty.


The exam usually contains between 50 and 70 multiple-choice questions, depending on the trade or specialty. Each question is written in plain language and has four response choices, of which only one is correct. To familiarize yourself with the type of question in a qualification examination, consult the examination sample questions. You may also consult the information file concerning your trade or specialty, which details the skills that may be covered in the exam questions.

Codes or other reference documents may be supplied to you for certain specific exams. The questions may be formulated using either the imperial measuring system (inches, feet, pounds, etc.) or the metric system (centimetres, metres, kilograms, etc.).

The exam is offered in English and French and lasts a maximum of three hours.

Eligible candidates

The exam is for people in the following situations:


The exams usually take place in the regional offices of the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) or in designated centres (Baie-Comeau, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bonaventure, Chibougamau, Ville-Marie, Blanc Sablon). The notice to appear for the examination, which you will receive after you register, will give you the date, time, and location of the exam session.

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Results will be sent within the two weeks following the writing of the examination. If you have passed and hold a valid apprentice competency certificate in your trade, a journeyman competency certificate (JCC) will be issued automatically. However, if you were admitted to the examination in recognition of your work experience or if your apprentice competency certificate is no longer valid, you will need contact our customer service department, once you have passed the examination, to obtain the issuance of your journeyman competency certificate (JCC). Please note that a fee will be charged for the issuance of this certificate. 

If you fail the exam, a letter will notify you of the conditions for retaking the exam and when you will be able to register again.

People with disabilities

La Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) is committed to offering adapted services to people with a motor, visual, or auditory disability. People who need any assistance with taking their exam may contact Customer Services directly at 1 888 842-8282.

Furthermore, for qualification examinations meeting certain criteria, the CCQ may offer the services of a reader to people with functional limitations such as dyslexia. For more information, candidates may make a request to the CCQ’s Customer Services.