Occupation

Occupation

La Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) issues an occupation competency certificate to a person who request one and who is in one of the following situations:

  • The person proves that he or she has passed the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC)

  • The person proves that he or she is an employer holding a contractor's licence issued under the Building Act (ch. B-1.1) or is the designated representative of such an employer. 

  • The person holds an exemption from the obligation to hold an occupation competency certificate issued under section 14 (par. 6) or section 15.5 of the Regulation Respecting the Issuance of Competency Certificates (ch. R-20, r. 5) and has performed at least 1,000 hours of work since the initial issuance of this exemption, under the conditions and restrictions provided. 

  • The person presents an employment guarantee for at least 150 hours over a period of at most 3 months, made by an employer registered with the CCQ, during a labour shortage concerning holders of a competency certificate for a specific occupation in a specific region. 

  • The person proves that he or she holds a “Red Seal” qualification certificate issued in compliance with the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal standards program or a qualification certificate issued by an authority recognized through application of an intergovernmental agreement concerning a trade comparable to an occupation in Québec.

In all cases, the person involved must be at least 16 years old (except for blasters-drillers and divers, who must be at least 18 years old) and supply proof that he or she has passed the course Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction. The person must also pay the required fees, if applicable.

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.

  • “Cours de connaissance générale de l'industrie de la construction”
  • Registration in 2020 CCGIC course
  • Applicants who have not passed the CCGIC
  • Course “Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction”

The first registration period for 2020, which took place from February 24 to March 6, is over. The specialized occupations for which places remain will be listed on our website starting in the week of March 23, 2020.

Accepted applicants who pass the Cours de connaissance générale de l'industrie de la construction (CCGIC) automatically obtain an occupation competency certificate (OCC) if they demonstrate successful completion of the Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction course. For more information about the Santé and sécurité course, applicants may contact ASP Construction, the school boards that offer this training or their union association

After candidates pass the CCGIC, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) will renew the certificate of holders who have subsequently worked 150 hours over a period of 12 months (however, hours must have been reported in the employers’ monthly reports). If the 150-hour minimum has not been reached, the certificate will be renewed only if the holder submits an employment guarantee for 150 hours over a period of no more than three months, from a single employer registered with the CCQ. 

Diplomas recognized

For 2020, only graduates from one of the following academic programs may register for the CCGIC.

  • Surveyor  
    • DEP Arpentage (opération) – Code : 114599 
    • DEP Arpentage et topographie – Codes : 5238 et 505899 
    • DEC Technologie du génie civil – Code : 221.B0 
  • Blaster and Driller  
    • DEP Forage et dynamitage – Codes : 5369, 5092 and 148599 
  • Lineman 
    • DEP Montage de lignes électriques – Codes : 5185, 5120, 1452 and 145299 
  • Diver  
    • AEC Plongée professionnelle – Codes : ELW.08 et ELW.01 
    • AEC Scaphandrier – Code : 900.96 
  • Welder 
    • DEP Soudage-montage – Codes : 5195, 309600 et WAA-017 
    • DEP Soudage général – Codes : 1217, 1049, 1464 et 308500  
    • DEP Soudage-assemblage – Code : 1052 
    • DEP Welding and Fitting – Code : 5695 
    • DEP General Welding – Codes : 1964 et 1549 
    • DEP Welding Assembly – Code : 1552 
  • Pipe welder (high pressure)  
    • ASP Soudage haute pression – Code : 5234 
    • ASP Soudage sur tuyaux – Code : 5069 
    • ASP High-Pressure Welding – Code : 5734 
    • ASP Pipe Welding – Code : 5569

Teaching schedule

The CCGIC, which lasts 15 hours, will be held from April to June 2020. Successful applicants will be required to attend on Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (two days).

Note that CCQ reserves the right to consolidate registrants from various regions to attain the minimum enrolment for courses to be held.

The first registration period for 2020, which took place from February 24 to March 6, is over. No registrations are being accepted at present. People who submitted an application will receive a written response during the week of March 23.

Following the first registration period, it is possible that places will still be available. The specialized occupations for which places remain will be listed on our website starting in the week of March 23, 2020.
 
The second registration period will begin on March 30, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. and will last until the places are filled or until October 30, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.
 
For specialized occupations for which there are places remaining, the registration application will have to include:

  • Two forms; 
  • Any required academic documents; 
  • A photocopy of an official recognized document from the following list ; 
  • All fees payable.

Forms

Submit the following forms:

Academic documents required

Submit the following documents, as applicable.

Holders of a DEP who obtained their diploma:

  • Less than 90 days ago
    • must enter their permanent code in section “1. Identification” of the registration application form;

AND

    • attach the original of their provisional attestation of training (document will be returned by mail);

            or

    • attach a copy of their transcript or diploma issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, indicating successful obtention of their DEP.

 

  • More than 90 days ago
    • must enter their permanent code in section “1. Identification” of the registration application form.

Holders of a DEC or AEC:

  • must enter their permanent code in section “1. Identification” of the registration application form;

            AND

  • attach the original of their college academic transcript or provisional attestation of training (document will be returned by mail).

Applicable fees

A fee of $110 must be remitted with the registration application ($10 for registration and $100 for the course and issue of the competency certificate).

Payment must be payable to the Commission de la construction du Québec and may be made by:

  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard);
  • Personal cheque;
  • Certified cheque;
  • Postal money order;
  • Bank draft;
  • Debit card or cash (in person only).

To avoid the risk of loss or theft, we strongly advise against sending cash by mail. Note that any payment declined by a financial institution will result in automatic cancellation of registration.

Applications with all supporting documents must be sent to:

Commission de la construction du Québec
Customer Service 
PO Box 2030 Stn Chabanel
Montréal QC  H2N 0C4

NB: Any incomplete registration application will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.

An applicant who has not passed the CCGIC may request issuance of an occupation competency certificate (OCC) only when there is a labour shortage and must:

  • Have a place reserved for him or her, in a situation of labour shortage, by an employer registered with the CCQ
  • Have obtained an employment guarantee from this employer for 150 hours over a period of at most 3 months
  • He or she must:
    • Supply proof that he or she is at least 16 years old
    • Supply his or her social insurance number
    • Supply his or her home address
    • Fill out the form Registration or modification to identification or union association choice designating the union association that he or she would like to join
    • Present proof that he or she has passed the course Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction
    • Pay the $100 fee required (by cheque, money order, or credit card or in cash)

Within 14 working days following the employer’s reservation of a place in a situation of labour shortage, the CCQ must have received the applicant’s complete file in order to proceed with issuance of an occupation competency certificate.

The occupation competency certificate issued under these circumstances must meet specific renewal criteria.

The course Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction, which lasts 30 hours, is offered through the schools of the different school boards and by the construction industry’s employer associations and union associations.

To register for this course, candidates must refer to the school board in their region or to the association that represents them.

  • Blaster (Occupation)

    Since 1994, the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) has delegated management of blaster certification to the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ).

    To perform blasting or any other work requiring the use of explosives on a construction site, an individual must hold a blaster certificate.

    If the construction site falls under the Act Respecting Labour Relations, Vocational Training and Workforce Management in the Construction Industry (Act R-20), the blaster must also hold an occupation competency certificate.

    Obtaining the first blaster certificate

    The following conditions must be met in order to obtain a first blaster certificate:

    To register for the examination, candidates must:

    • Have completed the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) vocational studies program in drilling and blasting within the past 24 months OR have worked as an assistant blaster for at least 150 hours within the past 24 months (written proof required)
    • Send the blaster certificate application form properly filled out, along with the documents required, to one of the Commission de la Construction du Québec (CCQ) regional offices.

    Blaster Certification Examination

    The blaster examination

    The aim of the blaster examination is to verify your knowledge and experience related to blasting or any other work necessitating the use of explosives.

    The examination consists of multiple-choice questions and may be taken in either English or French. The examination questions use both the imperial and international systems of measurement.

    The examination takes 3 hours (180 minutes). It consists of 51 questions, and each question counts as 1 mark. The required passing grade is 80%. The materials supplied for your use during the examination are a calculator, a pencil, and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

    To clearly establish your identity, two official pieces of identification will be required when you present yourself at the examination, one with a photograph. The following pieces are accepted: driver’s licence, health insurance card, passport, etc.

    The results

    The results are sent within two weeks following the examination session. If you pass, the CCQ will issue your blaster’s certificate for the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). Should you fail, you will be advised in writing of the conditions for retaking the examination and when you can register to do so.

    Preparation for the examination

    You must be very familiar with the section IV, “Handling and use of explosives” of the Safety Code for the Construction Industry.

    If you fail the exam

    If you fail the exam on your first attempt, you must wait one month before taking it a second time. If you fail on your second attempt, you will have to wait three months before trying again.

    Finally, if you still haven’t passed the exam after three attempts, if you are not a graduate of the vocational studies program Forage-dynamitage (900 hours), you will have to earn this diploma before taking the exam again. If you have already graduated from the study program, you will have to take a training course of at least 30 hours to prepare you for the exam before taking it a fourth time. The content of this training course must have been previously authorized by the CCQ and the CNESST.

    For more information on the resources and documents that we are suggesting as well as on the blaster examination, you can consult the Blaster Certification information sheet.

    Renewing the blaster certificate

     

    To renew the blaster certificate, send the renewal form duly filled out, along with the documents required, to one of the Commission de la Construction du Québec (CCQ) regional offices.

    It is important to apply for renewal of the certificate before its expiry date, or else you will have to take the examination for the blaster examination again.

    Since November 30, 2010, when you renew the blaster certificate, the expiry date of the new certificate will be harmonized with that of the General Explosives Permit issued by the Sureté du Québec. Applications for renewal of the General Explosives Permit must still be made to the Sureté du Québec. However, it is no longer necessary to present your PGE to the CCQ with your application for renewal of your blaster certificate. The CCQ verifies directly with the SQ whether the applicant has a valid GEP.

     

     

  • Renewal of the occupation competency certificate

    Once the 150-hour job guarantee has been fulfilled, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) issues competency certificates valid for 12 month. Thereafter, the competency certificate may be renewed automatically or upon request.

    Automatic renewal of the occupation competency certificate takes place if its holder has been working over the 14 months preceding the renewal date. If an occupation competency certificate was issued during a labour shortage after July 1, 2005, the holder must also demonstrate that he or she has passed the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC) to have the certificate renewed.

    If an individual does not meet the above criteria, he or she may nevertheless have his or her occupation competency certificate renewed upon request. This person must:

    • Pay the $100 fee, if applicable (cheque, postal money order, credit card, debit card, or cash)
    • Be in one of the two following situations:
      • The CCQ’s records show that he or she has worked at last 10,000 hours (5,000 hours under the measures for women) in the construction industry in an occupation since January 1, 1971, including at least one hour during the 5 years preceding the application for renewal
      • An employer registered with the CCQ offers a job guarantee for this person of at least 150 hours over a period of 3 consecutive months and, if he or she joined the industry during a labour shortage, the application is made at most 8 months after the certificate expired.
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