Eligibility

Eligibility

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 experiencein 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
  • Apprentice Eligible for the Examination

    Apprentices are informed by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) when they become eligible for the provincial qualification examination in their trade. They must then register within a given deadline, or else their right to work will be suspended. A fee of $100 must be paid to register for a qualification examination.

    It's important to note that the registration fee for the examination is not refundable and that it is valid for a 12-month period from the date of payment. It is therefore the apprentice's responsibility to contact our Client Services at most four (4) months BEFORE the expiration of the validity of his payment so he can take his exam within the set deadline. Otherwise, the apprentice will have to pay the fee again.

  • Employer Eligible for the Examination

    Employers and independent contractors in a sector not subject to the Act Respecting Labour Relations, Vocational Training, and Workforce Management in the Construction Industry (Act R-20) or from outside of Québec in one of the trades or specialties of the construction industry may register for the provincial qualification examination under certain conditions. Candidates must demonstrate, with supporting documents, that they have practised a trade or a 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 or speciality referred to.

    A number of documents are required to analyze an application for registration for the provincial qualification examination:

    1. The form Admission to Pass a Qualification Exam – Employer or Independent Contractor, duly filled out
    2. Tax returns that establish income from an activity related to the trade or specialty for which recognition of hours is requested
    3. Notice of assessment from Revenu Québec or the CRA confirming that the income-tax return was received and processed
    4. An invoice or contract for each month covered by your tax returns that describes the nature of the work done, the client’s name, the date, and the billing rate. The invoices or contracts make it possible to establish whether the company’s activities correspond to the trade or specialty for which admission to the exam is requested
  • Worker Eligible for the Examination

    Candidates must demonstrate, with supporting documents, that they have practised a trade or a 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 or speciality referred to.

    A number of documents are required to analyze an application for registration for the provincial qualification examination for a worker from a sector outside of construction or from outside of Québec:

    • One or more letters from an employer including (or work experience sheets in the form):
      • The employer’s company name, address, and telephone number;
      • The applicant’s name and social insurance number;
      • The trade or specialty practised;
      • A detailed description of tasks actually carried out and, if applicable, the type of equipment used;
      • A description of the sector in which the work was done. If residential, the type of housing must be specified;
      • The employment periods and the exact total of hours for each year;
      • The signature of a director of the company and his or her position;
    • Proof  of remuneration that can validate the employer letter(s): copies of pay slips clearly identifying the company name, the work period, and the number of hours worked, or copies of income-tax slips (T-4);  
  • Submit the file
    Submit the file to the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ)
    Applicants must take their file to the regional office in their region or send it to the following address:

    Commission de la Construction du Québec 
    Dossier salarié 
    Case postale 2010
    Succursale Youville, Montréal (Québec)
    H2P 0B3

    To accelerate analysis of the file, all documents must be attached and sorted by month and year. Please provide photocopies of these supporting documents. Original documents will not be returned. Analysis of a file takes at least 4 weeks. Applicants will be informed of the CCQ’s decision by mail. If the application is accepted, a fee of $100 will have to be paid to complete the registration for the provincial qualification examination.

    It's important to note that the registration fee for the examination is not refundable and that it is valid for a 12-month period from the date of payment. It is therefore the eligible candidate's responsibility to contact our Client Services at most four (4) months BEFORE the expiration of the validity of his payment so he can take his exam within the set deadline. Otherwise, the eligible candidate will have to pay the fee again.

    Relevant work experience acquired outside Quebec may be recognized in your apprenticeship. It could also allow you to access the provincial qualification examination directly to earn journeyman status. Click here to find out how to have work experience recognized.
     

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.
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