Training Requirement
Training Requirement
Training Requirement

The annual training requirement concerns those without a diploma who hold a competency certificate-apprentice (CCA) and holders of a competency certificate-occupation (CCO) who entered the industry during a labour shortage after July 1, 2005. This measure is based on article 7 of the Regulation Respecting the Issuance of Competency Certificates and aims to increase the skills of apprentice employees without a diploma and holders of a CCO with a training requirement. It is the employee’s responsibility to choose activities for which the schedule and training centre are appropriate and fit with his or her training period.


People who have a training obligation may consult the section on Incentives to find out about support measures that they may be able to use.

  • Holders of a competency certificate-apprentice without a diploma
    Holders of a competency certificate-apprentice who do not have a diploma must do the following to renew their certificate:
    • Have worked in the industry during the 14 months preceding the renewal;
    • Have taken one or more of the activities offered for their trade, totalling a minimum of 30 hours, during the period of validity of the certificate.

    Recognized training activities are those from the study program for the trade concerned and those marked with an asterisk (*) in the Répertoire des activités de perfectionnement for that trade.

    The training obligation continues every year as long as the holder has not obtained a diploma from the recognized study program or completed the apprenticeship for his or her trade.

    Holders who already have training or relevant experience may find information at Recognition of prior learning and competencies.

  • Holders of a competency certificate-occupation admitted through labour shortage after July 1, 2005
    Holders of a competency certificate-occupation admitted due to labour shortage after July 1, 2005, must do the following to renew their certificate:
    • Have worked in the industry during the 14 months preceding the renewal date;
    • Have passed the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC). This requirement is composed of two separate activities:
      • Passing the 15-hour module Situation au regard des organismes de l’industrie de la construction;


    Holders of a diploma from one of the study programs recognized by the CCQ in occupations may be exempted from the condition stipulating that they must “have passed one or more upgrading activities of a minimum duration of 45 hours.” They must send the original of their transcript of apprenticeship issued by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur. However, please note that registration for a recognized study program does not exempt you from the obligation of passing the 15-hour course Situation au regard des organismes de l'industrie de la construction.

    The recognized diplomas are the following:

    • DEP Arpentage et topographie
    • DEP Forage et dynamitage
    • DEP Montage de lignes électriques
    • DEP Soudage-montage
    • DEP Welding and Fitting
    • ASP Soudage haute pression
    • ASP High-pressure welding
    • AEC Plongée professionnelle
  • Flexible terms

    In order to support holders of a competency certificate with this training requirement, the CCQ offers training possibilities in its Repertoire des activités de perfectionnement de l'industrie de la construction. The simplest way to make use of this offer is to use the CCQ’s online services. It is also possible to register via the Info-perfectionnement line by calling 1 888 902-2222 (select option 3 to register).

    If the CCQ’s training supply does not respond to their needs or profile, holders of a certificate without a diploma are still required to obtain training. It is then their responsibility to register with a training centre to take a module or to complete the study program for their trade. Attention: admission conditions set by training centres may differ from those imposed by the CCQ. The school board may charge a fee. It is essential for these people to demonstrate to the CCQ that they have taken at least 30 hours of training per year from among the activities intended for the clientele with a training obligation. They are responsible for choosing courses that they have not already taken.

    Once the certificate holder has registered, the CCQ must be notified before the course begins to verify whether the registered certificate holder may benefit from incentives of the training Fund for Employees in the Construction Industry. It is suggested that holders contact the CCQ before training begins.

    For all information concerning the training obligation, call the Info-perfectionnement line: 1 888 902-2222.

  • Eligibility conditions

    In order to register for the training activities listed in the Répertoire des activités de perfectionnement de l'industrie de la construction, individuals with a training obligation must meet the following admissibility conditions:

    • Hold a valid competency certificate issued by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) connected with the training chosen;
    • Have the prerequisites for the course selected.

    To be eligible for financial support, applicants must have hours worked and declared to the CCQ connected to the chosen training:

    • A minimum of 400 hours worked and declared to the CCQ in their trade or occupation, over 24 of the last 26 months;
    • At least 8,000 hours worked and declared to the CCQ in their trade or occupation, including one hour over the last five years.

    Additional condition for activities lasting 135 hours or more

    Having a total of hours worked and declared to the CCQ in their trade or occupation in connection with the chosen training triple the number of hours of the training. Certain individuals who do not meet this condition may be admitted to the upgrading activities if their participation ensures that the course will be held. However, they will receive no financial support.

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