Important notice – COVID-19: As of March 16, 2020, qualification examinations are suspended until further notice. All exam sessions and all new registrations are suspended until further notice. When activities return to normal, the CCQ will contact all workers already registered to take or retake an exam to offer them a new date.
To find out the status of our services, visit the page COVID-19.
Passing the examination is one of the conditions for access to the status of journeyperson. The qualification examination is intended essentially to assess your acquired skills upon completion of the apprenticeship in your trade or specialty. The exam questions, written and validated with expert journeypersons, 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 sheet 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.
The exam is for people in the following situations:
- Apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship
- Employees who have practised a trade or specialty and acquired experience in hours of work and, if applicable, apprenticeship hour credits at least equal to the total duration of the apprenticeship in the trade targeted and whose file, when analyzed, proves this experience through supporting documentation
- People who have worked as an employer
- People who have been self-employed workers in a sector not covered under the Québec statute or outside of Québec in one of the construction industry’s trades or specialties
Location and schedule
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, location, and time of the exam session, at 8:15 or 1:00 pm, depending on the office.
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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 to contact our Customer Services department, once you have passed the examination, to have your JCC issued. 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 which type of retake exam you will have the right to and when you will be able to register again.
People with disabilities
The 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.