Occupation

Occupation

To work in the construction industry in Québec, an individual must obtain the appropriate work permit. The specific conditions for obtaining an occupation competency certificate (OCC) vary depending on the type of occupation candidate. Read the general conditions, then learn more about the specific conditions for each of the following cases:

Types of occupation candidate:

  • Candidate with a diploma: blaster and driller, land surveyor instrument person, and diver
  • Candidate with a diploma: line worker, welder, and pipe welder
  • Candidate entering due to the state of the labour pool
  • Employer candidate 
  • Holder of a qualification certificate bearing the Red Seal endorsement

General conditions for obtaining an occupation competency certificate 

With the exception of employer candidates, candidates must fill out the form Application for registration or modification of identification file and/or choice of union association, which assembles the information required to open their file and allows them to designate the union association that they want to join.

In all cases, candidates must:

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

  • Candidate with a diploma: blaster and driller, land surveyor instrument person, and diver
  • Candidate with a diploma: Line worker, welder, and pipe welder
  • Candidate entering due to the state of the labour pool
  • Employer candidate

An individual with a diploma who has successfully completed a study program recognized by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) in the occupation covered by the application can obtain an occupation competency certificate (OCC). If you have a similar diploma, obtained outside of Québec, you must obtain a recognition of acquired competencies  from the ministry responsible for education.

You must satisfy the general conditions and present the following documentation:

Proof of studies

  • If you graduated from a vocational studies program (DEP) less than 90 days ago, you must provide one of the following documents:
    • Provisional attestation of training (original document or electronic document if the training centre offers this service)
    • Achievement record with mention of DEP (copy accepted)
    • Statement of competencies with mention of DEP (copy accepted)
  • If you have graduated from a college studies program, you must provide the original of a college studies transcript that mentions that you passed the program

Job guarantee

You must present a job guarantee. This guarantee must:

  • Come from an employer registered with the CCQ
  • Be for a duration of at least 150 hours, spread over a period of at most three consecutive months

Required fee

  • You must pay the $100 fee (cheque, postal money order, credit card, debit card, or cash). 

How to submit your file to the CCQ

The form Application for registration or modification of identification file and/or choice of union associationand all copies of supporting documents required must be sent by mail to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec 
a/s Demande d’obtention d’un certificat de compétence occupation 
Case postale 2030, succursale Chabanel 
Montréal (Québec)  H2N 0C4

Candidates may also go to one of the CCQ’s regional offices with all of their documentation.

If they have already passed the Cours de connaissance de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC), graduates who have successfully completed a study program recognized by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) in the occupation covered by the application can obtain an occupation competency certificate (OCC). If you have a similar diploma, obtained outside of Québec, you must obtain a recognition of acquired competencies  from the ministry responsible for education.

Click here to find out more about the functioning of the CCGIC, the registration period, and the documents to submit with your registration application. 

All individuals who have not passed the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC) are eligible to obtain an occupation competency certificate (OCC) if the state of the labour pool allows.

These individuals must fulfil the general conditions and present the following documentation:

Job guarantee

To obtain an OCC, candidates must have an employer reserve a place for them when a labour pool opens by contacting the Info-pénurie line at 1 877 973-6874. By reserving this place, the employer guarantees the candidate 150 hours of work over three months. For more information, read about the reservation procedure.

If you are a woman, see the measures in force that concern you.

How to submit your file to the CCQ

The form Application for registration or modification of identification file and/or choice of union association and all copies of supporting documents required must be sent by mail to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec 
a/s Demande d’obtention d’un certificat de compétence occupation 
Case postale 2030, succursale Chabanel 
Montréal (Québec)  H2N 0C4

Candidates may also go to one of the CCQ’s regional offices with all of their documentation.

The CCQ must receive the employee’s complete file within 14 working days following registration of the employer’s job guarantee in order for the requested competency certificate to be issued.

A sole proprietorship (physical person) or a designated representative may obtain an occupation competency certificate (OCC) as an employer candidate.  

Employer candidates must fulfil the general conditions.

How to submit your file to the CCQ

The form Application for registration or modification of identification file and/or choice of union association and all copies of supporting documents required must be sent by mail to the following address:

Commission de la construction du Québec 
a/s Demande d’obtention d’un certificat de compétence occupation 
Case postale 2030, succursale Chabanel 
Montréal (Québec)  H2N 0C4

Candidates may also go to one of the CCQ’s regional offices with all of their documentation.

  • Course Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction

    The 30-hour course Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction is offered through the schools in the different school boards or through the construction industry’s employer and union associations.

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

  • Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC)

    Graduate blaster and driller, land surveyor instrument person, and diver candidates, as well as people who entered the industry due to the state of the labour pools, do not have to register for the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC) to obtain their first occupation competency certificate (OCC). However, to renew their OCC, they must, within their training obligation period, pass the CCGIC, which is divided into two separate training activities. 

    Line workers, welders, and pipe welders

    Graduate line worker, welder, and pipe welder candidates must register for the CCGIC to obtain their first OCC.

    Registration for the CCGIC 2022

    The second registration period will begin on March 28, 2022, at 8:30 a.m., and will continue until all the places are filled or until October 28, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. 

    At this time, places are still available for:

    • welders
    • and pipe welders

    Outside of the registration period, it is possible to join the industry due to the state of the labour pools.

    Estimate of workforce needs

    Access to the construction industry for line workers, welders, and pipe welders depends mainly on the needs expressed by the industry in the context of an annual estimate of workforce needs. The annual number of places available for the CCGIC is determined through a process of estimation of workforce needs conducted by the industry’s employer and worker representatives. If the number of registrations is higher than the estimated needs, a random draw determines the people selected.

    A first registration period took place from February 21 to March 4, 2022, while the second registration period runs from March 28, 2022, until places are filled or until October 28, 2022, at the latest. 

    Recognized diplomas

    For 2022, only people who have graduated from one or another of the following study programs may register for the CCGIC:

    • Line worker
      • DEP Montage de lignes électriques – Codes: 5185, 5120, 1452 and 145299 
    • Welder
      • DEP Soudage-montage – Codes: 5195, 309600 and WAA-017 
      • DEP Soudage général – Codes: 1217, 1049, 1464 and 308500  
      • DEP Soudage-assemblage – Code: 1052 
      • DEP Welding and Fitting – Code: 5695 
      • DEP General Welding – Codes: 1964 and 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 

    How to register

    To register for the CCGIC, you must satisfy the general conditions and present the following documentation, depending on the situation:

    People holding a DEP, having obtained their diploma:

    • Less than 90 days ago
      • Attach the original of their provisional attestation of training (the document will be returned by mail)

        OR
      • Attach a copy of their transcript issued by the ministry responsible for education mentioning that they passed their DEP
    • More than 90 days ago
      • No academic documentation needs to be provided

    People holding a DEC or an AEC:

    • Attach the original of their college studies transcript or their provisional attestation of training that mentions that they passed the program (the document will be returned by mail) 

    Form

    Fee required

    • You must pay a fee of $110 (cheque, postal money order, credit card, debit card, or cash) with the registration application: $10 registration fee and $100 for training costs and issuance of the competency certificate.

    It should be noted that any payment refused by a bank automatically cancels the registration.

    How to submit your file to the CCQ

    The form Application for registration or modification of identification file and/or choice of union association (version CCGIC 2022). and all copies of supporting documents required must be sent by mail to the following address:

    Commission de la construction du Québec 

    a/s Demande d’obtention d’un certificat de compétence occupation 
    Case postale 2030, succursale Chabanel 
    Montréal (Québec)  H2N 0C4

    To protect yourself from loss or theft, it is recommended not to send cash by mail. 

    Candidates may also go to one of the CCQ’s regional offices with all of their documentation.

    Course schedule

    The 15-hour CCGIC will be offered shortly. Individuals selected must make themselves available Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (two days).

    Please note that the CCQ reserves the right to group together registrations from different regions to ensure that the training will take place.

  • Blaster certification

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

    To perform blasting work or any other work necessitating the use of explosives, it is obligatory to hold a blaster certificate.

    If the construction site is covered by 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 a first blaster certificate

    The following conditions are required to obtain a first blaster certificate:

    To register for the examination, the candidate must:

    • Have, over the previous 24 months, completed the vocational studies program Forage et dynamitage from the ministry responsible for education OR have worked as a blaster’s assistant for at least 150 hours over the previous 24 months (written proof required)
    • Send the Blaster certificate application form, duly filled out, accompanied by the documents required, to one of the CCQ’s regional offices 

    Blaster certification examination 

    Blaster examination

    The blaster examination is intended essentially to validate your knowledge and experience concerning blasting work or any other work necessitating the use of explosives. This examination is presented in the form of multiple-choice questions and is available in English and French. The examination questions integrate both the imperial and the international measurement systems.

    The time allowed for the examination is 3 hours, or 180 minutes. The examination has 51 questions, each of which is worth 1 point. The passing grade is 80%. The material provided for taking the examination includes a calculator, a pencil, and an eraser. No other materials or reference documents are authorized during the exam.

    To clearly establish your identity, you will be asked to show two official pieces of identification, one with a photograph, when you arrive for the examination.

    The results

    The results are sent within two weeks following your taking the examination. If you have passed the examination, the CCQ will issue your blaster certificate on behalf of the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). If you have failed, you will be notified in writing of the conditions for retaking the examination and when you can register to retake it.

    Preparation for the examination 

    You must be very familiar with Division IV of the Safety Code for the Construction Industry, “Handling and Use of Explosives.”

    If you fail the examination 

    After a first failure of the examination, you must wait one month before retaking the examination. If you fail a second time, you must wait three months.

    Finally, if you still have not passed the examination after three attempts, candidates who do not have a diploma from the vocational studies program Forage-dynamitage (900 hours) must obtain this diploma before retaking the examination. If you already have a diploma from this study program, you will have to pass a training course of at least 30 hours preparing you for the examination before taking it for the fourth time. The content of this training must be authorized beforehand by the CCQ and the CNESST.

    For more information on the suggested resources and documents and on the blaster examination, you can consult the ”Blaster Certification” information sheet.

    Renewing the blaster certificate 

    Two renew a blaster certificate, you must simply send the Blasters certificate application form, duly filled out, accompanied by the documents required, to one of the CCQ’s regional offices.

    It is important to present your application for renewal of the certificate before it expires, or else you will have to take the blaster certificate examination again. 

    Since November 30, 2010, when a blaster certificate is renewed, the expiry date of the new certificate has been harmonized with that for the general explosives certificate (GEC) issued by the Sûreté du Québec. Applications for renewal of the GEC must still be sent to the Sûreté du Québec. However, it is no longer necessary to present your GEC to the CCQ with your application for renewal of the blaster certificate. The CCQ will verify directly with the Sûreté du Québec whether the applicant holds a valid GEC.

  • Renewal of the occupation competency certificate

    The occupation competency certificate (OCC) will be renewed automatically or upon application if the conditions for renewal are satisfied.

    If you were inactive for certain specific reasons, you may be able to renew your certificate free of charge.

    Contact Customer Services to make your renewal upon request.

    If the certificate cannot be renewed, you must comply with the general conditions for obtaining an occupation competency certificate.

    Automatic renewal – having passed the CCGIC

    • If you have an OCC valid for 12 months issued for the first time after you passed the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC), you must work at least 150 hours (hours declared and registered with the CCQ) during the validity period in order for it to be renewed for a 12-month period

    OR

    • If you have an OCC valid for 12 months that was not issued for the first time after you passed the CCGIC, it will be renewed for a 12-month period if you have worked in the construction industry during the 14 months prior to its renewal date (hours declared and registered with the CCQ)

    Automatic renewal –CCGIC not taken

    To renew your first OCC with a 12-month validity period, you must:

    • Have worked in the industry during the 14 months prior to the renewal

    AND

    • Have taken and passed the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC).

    This requirement is composed of two separate activities:

    • Passing the 15-hour module Situation au regard des organismes de l’industrie de la construction

    AND

    • Completing one or more upgrading activities, with a minimum duration of 45 hours, offered in the Répertoire des activités de perfectionnement for occupations in the construction industry. Note that if you are a graduate of a recognized study program for a specialized occupation, you have satisfied this second requirement. You must, however, ensure that this training is registered in your CCQ file.

    Renewal by application

    • You may apply for renewal of an OCC if at least 10,000 hours (5,000 hours under the measures for women) have been declared and registered with the CCQ in an occupation. These hours must have been accumulated after January 1, 1971, and at least one hour must have been worked during the five years preceding the application

    AND

    • You may apply for the renewal of an OCC at most 8 months after expiry of the previous competency certificate. Your application must be accompanied by a 150-hour job guarantee from an employer registered with the CCQ. These hours must be worked over a period of at most three consecutive months.
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