Journeyman

Journeyman

The competency certificate-journeyman (CCJ) indicates the trade and, if applicable, the specialty or activities of the trade that the individual may perform.

Minimum conditions

Process for obtaining your competency certificate-journeyman

To apply, you must:
  • Supply proof that you have passed the course Santé et sécurité sur le chantier de construction;
  • Fill out the form Registration or modification to identification and/or union association choice;
  • Pay the required fee of $100 to the CCQ, if applicable, by a postal or bank money order, by credit card, or in cash if the application is submitted at one of the CCQ’s Customer Services counters.

Once the application is approved, the competency certificate is sent by mail. However, depending on the circumstances, the CCQ may issue a temporary right-to-work so that the candidate has quicker access to the site. The right-to-work is valid only for a limited period, according to the situation.

An apprentice candidate who has passed the provincial qualification examination automatically receives the competency certificate without charge. However, a non-apprentice candidate who has passed the provincial qualification examination must make an application to the CCQ and pay the required fee.

The Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) also recognizes certain qualification certificates issued by the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS):

  • Electrician (electrical installation) 
  • Refrigeration system (refrigeration system with a capacity of 200 or more watts) 
  • Plumbing (plumbing systems) 
  • Heating (heating system) 
  • Elevating platform mechanic or mechanical conveyor system mechanic
  • Certificat de qualification du MTESS (electrician, refrigeration system, plumbing, heating)
  • MTESS qualification certificate (elevating platform mechanics)
  • Boom truck operator – shared activity qualification

Candidates may obtain their journeyman competency certificate (JCC) if they hold a qualification certificate issued by the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS) for the following trades and specialties:

  • Electrician (electric installation)
  • Refrigeration system (refrigeration system with a capacity of 200 or more watts)
  • Plumbing (plumbing system)
  • Heating (heating system)

In addition to holding a qualification certificate, candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have completed a study program recognized by the CCQ in the trade covered in the application
  • Have accumulated a minimum of 8,000 hours of experience practising their trade or specialty, including apprenticeship hour credits

To obtain a JCC, candidates must supply the following documents:

  • For candidates who have graduated from a college study program for the trade of electrician, the original of a college academic transcript
  • A copy of his or her valid qualification certificate, recognized and issued by the MTESS  
  • Proof that he or she has passed the course Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction
  • The form Registration or modification to identification and/or union association choice, duly filled out
  • The form Request for recognition of professional qualifications, duly filled out. The application must clearly indicate to the CCQ the trade or specialty practised and being applied for

If hours have been accumulated as an employee outside of construction

Applications by those who have worked outside of construction must include a letter from the employer (or employers) outside of construction for which they have worked. This letter must indicate:

  • The employer’s corporate name and the company’s address and telephone number
  • Employee’s name and social insurance number
  • The trade or specialty that the employee actually practised and, if applicable, the type of machinery used
  • A description of the sector in which the work was done. If the work was done in the residential sector, the type of housing must be specified
  • The employment periods and the total number of hours worked by the candidate for each year in the employ of this company
  • The signature of a company manager and his or her position

To validate each employer’s letter, the application must also include:

  • Copies of the pay stubs clearly identifying the company, the work period, and the number of hours worked (or copies of tax returns)

If hours have been accumulated outside of construction as an independent worker or a contractor

Applications by self-employed workers and contractors must include:

  • Tax returns establishing that there was income from an activity related to the trade for which recognition of hours is requested
  • Financial statements from the company that corroborate the income appearing on tax returns and, in some cases, make it possible to determine the percentage of participation in the company
  • Notices of assessment issued by the Ministère du Revenu du Québec (MRQ) or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirming that each tax return has been received and processed
  • An invoice or a contract for each month covered by their tax return. These invoices or contracts must give the client’s name, the date, the nature of the work done, and the hourly rate invoiced.

How to submit your file to the CCQ

Candidates may take their file to the regional office in their region or send it to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec
Comité d'étude – Dossier MTESS

Case postale 2010
Succursale Chabanel
Montréal (Québec) H2N 0C3

A $100 fee is payable to the CCQ by postal or bank money order, personal cheque, credit card, or debit card, or in cash if the application is made at a CCQ Customer Services counter. It takes at least four weeks to analyze an application. Candidates will be informed of the CCQ’s decision by mail.

Here is how to obtain your journeyman competency certificate (JCC) if you hold a qualification certificate in elevating platform mechanics or mechanical conveyor system mechanics issued by the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS).

To obtain a JCC, applicants must fulfil certain conditions and supply:

  • A copy of their valid qualification certificate, recognized and issued by the MTESS
  • Proof that they have passed the course Santé et sécurité sur les chantiers de construction
  • The form Registration or modification to identification and/or union association choice, duly filled out
  • The form Request for recognition of Professional Qualifications, duly filled out.

How to submit your application to the CCQ

Applicants must present their application to the regional office in their region from send it to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec
Comité d'étude – Dossier MTESS

Case postale 2010
Succursale Chabanel, Montréal (Québec)
H2N 0C3

A $100 fee is payable to the CCQ by postal or bank money order, personal cheque, credit card, or debit card, or in cash if the application is made at a CCQ Customer Services counter. It takes at least four weeks to analyze an application. The applicant will be informed of the CCQ’s decision by mail.

Journeymen in trades or specialties other than that of crane operator may also operate a low-tonnage boom truck, as long as they pass the obligatory training course Activité partagée camion-flèche and the qualification exam.

Movement of the load must be executed:

  • By a journeyman with the qualification for the shared activity of boom truck operator
  • On a boom truck with a maximum capacity of 30 tonnes, with only one fixed set of controls
  • Solely for the purpose of moving materials, equipment, or waste linked to the journeyman’s trade or specialty
  • Solely to a temporary storage point and excluding any final installation of materials or Equipment

The tasks responding to the qualification must be declared and paid at the wage rate for the journeyman’s trade or specialty.

To find out if this qualification is recognized in another province, contact the provincial government concerned.

Conditions for obtaining and maintaining the qualification

  • Be a holder of a journeyman competency certificate
  • Hold a valid Class 3 driver's permit
  • Register for and pass the 90-hour training module Activité partagée camion-flèche , which includes two on-line training courses, a practical section, and a practical evaluation
    • The passing grade is 80%
  • Following a successful evaluation, register for the qualification exam for the shared activity of boom truck operator:
    • The passing grade is 80%
    •  An information sheet is available
    • Candidates must pay the $100 fee when they register
    • Once the journeyman passes the exam, the qualification will be added to his or her competency certificate.
To maintain this qualification, journeymen will have to prove to the CCQ annually that they have performed 50 hours related to operation of a boom truck on construction sites, whether or not the sites are subject to Act R-20, by filling out theRequest for recognition of hours or eligibility - Training orwork experienceaccompanied by a letter from one or more employers.A notice will be sent to the qualification holder when it is time to send the documentation to the CCQ.

Registration

Registration for the Activité partagée camion-flèche training module may be done through the Info-perfectionnement line, at 1 888 902-2222.

Registration for the qualification exam is done by communicating with Customer Services.

  • Renewal of the journeyman competency certificate

    The Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) issues competency certificates that are valid for a 12-month period.

    Journeymen who have worked during the 14 months preceding the renewal date of their journeyman competency certificate (JCC) will have it renewed automatically.

    Otherwise, they must apply. They must:

    • Pay the $100 fee, if applicable (cheque, postal money order, credit card, debit card, or cash)
    • If they are applying as an employee, they must have a valid choice of union association

    If there were certain particular reasons for your inactivity, you may be able to renew your certificate free of charge.

    Contact Customer Services to request your renewal.

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