Once you have obtained an apprentice competency certificate, you can have your training and work experience recognized in order to be properly classified in your apprenticeship.
In Quebec, the apprenticeship system is divided into 2,000-hour periods. At the end of each period, the apprentice’s wage rate increases. This system guarantees that workers have accumulated a certain number of relevant work hours as apprentices in order to develop the skills needed to register for the provincial qualification examination which allows them to achieve journeyman status in a construction trade.
Here are the procedures for having training and experience recognized.
Recognition of training
The different vocational training programs can be recognized as apprenticeship hour credits to allow you to advance in your apprenticeship periods.
An apprenticeship hour credits may be paid into an apprentice’s apprenticeship record book when he or she completes a training activity that is relevant to the apprenticeship in his or her trade. Obtaining these hour credits is conditional on completing the training activity.
Apprentices may ask the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) to analyze the courses they have passed, either a diploma from a vocational studies program pertinent to the construction industry or partial training to obtain apprenticeship hour credits. Not all of the training offered by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES) will be analyzed by the CCQ; for a number of courses, apprentices will be referred to the recognition of acquired competencies (RAC) department in the school board of their choice.
Consult the table of apprenticeship hour credits per trade.
Recognition of work experience
The hours worked by apprentices in the construction industry are recorded in their apprenticeship record book on the basis of the declarations made by employers in their monthly reports. These hours correspond to work performed on construction sites covered by Act R-20 in Quebec. Therefore, any hours worked performing tasks not covered by Act R-20, in Quebec or elsewhere, must be submitted to the CCQ for analysis before being recorded in your apprenticeship record book.
Eligible work experience hours
To be recognized by the CCQ, all hours worked performing tasks not covered by Act R-20 must meet the following criteria:
- Be related to the tasks of your trade;
- Must not have been declared by an employer in a monthly report;
- Must have been remunerated.
Note that the number of hours recognized this way, combined with the recognized training hours, cannot exceed 70% of the duration of the apprenticeship.
If the application that you submit contains enough eligible hours for you to be eligible for the qualification examination allowing you to earn journeyman status, you will automatically receive a letter inviting you to register for the examination.
Form to have training and work experience recognized
The form “Request for recognition of hours - Training or work experience” allows you to apply to have hours recognized, with respect to both training and work experience.
If you are an employer candidate, use this form.
If you have passed training courses recognized by the MEES, the CCQ may recognize apprenticeship hour credits for them. To do this, it will access the courses you have passed using your permanent code assigned by the MEES. You must therefore provide the code on the form.
As for work experience, the form offers "work experience sheets" which allow your employers to certify the hours that you worked performing relevant tasks while you were in their employment.
The form "Request for recognition of hours - Training or work experience" or "Request for recognition of hours - Training or work experience (Employer or self-employed worker)'' and all copies of required supporting documents must be mailed to the address given on the respectiv forms.
Candidates can also go in person to a regional office of the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) with all their documents.
Canadian candidates from outside Quebec
If you would like to receive recognition for hours worked outside Quebec under a recognized Canadian program, the rules of the Apprentice Provincial – Territorial Mobility Agreement apply.
Through this agreement, the combined number of hours of work experience and trainingcan be fully recognized.