Electrician Examination

Electrician Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 60 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator and an eraser. Furthermore, two reference documents will be supplied to you. They are Québec Construction Code, Chapter V – Electricity, 2018, published by Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and Low-Voltage Electrical Service Standard, 10th ed. (June 2014), published by Hydro-Québec. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based

Section 1 - Planning electrical work (22%)

  • Maintaining a safe working environment. Following the procedures for locking up equipment.
  • Preparing the materials needed for the work.
  • Using electrical measurement instruments and interpreting the measurements.
  • Calculating current, voltage, power and resistance.
  • Choose overcurrent protection devices and the required conductors.

Section 2 - Installing electrical equipment (24%)

  • Installing conductors and cables; wiring systems, tubes, and connectors; boxes and enclosures; cable trays; panels.
  • Determining the diameter of conductors.
  • Calculating conduit and tubing fill.
  • Recognizing compliant installations.

Section 3 – Connecting equipment and systems (25%)

  • Installing ground connections and verifying the bonding.
  • Installing low-voltage distribution systems.
  • Installing service entrances.
  • Installing metring equipment.
  • Installing generators.
  • Installing fire-alarm, intrusion-alarm, access-control, and video-camera systems.

Section 4 – Creating branch circuit systems (29%)

  • Locating and installing connection outputs.
  • Installing lighting systems.
  • Installing electrical connections for heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation systems.
  • Installing control systems and power devices.
  • Recognizing and interpreting symbols and rating plates.
  • Understanding control diagrams and control systems.
  • Distinguishing various types of automated control system signals, control loops, and components.
  • Installing and connecting different types of transformers.
  • Calculating transformer input and output values.

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination

Suggested documentation 

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

  • CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (CSA)Québec Construction Code, Chapter V – Electricity, Canadian Electrical code, Part 1 (Twenty-first Edition) with Québec Amendments, Mississauga, CSA, 2018, 652 p. (Standard C22.10-10). Price: $165
    Phone: 514 428-2418 or 1 800 463-6727
    Fax: 514 694-5001


    Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec
    Phone: 514 738-2184 or 1 800 361-9061
    Fax: 514 738-2192 or 1 888 390-2637

  • HYDRO-QUÉBECLow-Voltage Electrical Service Standard, 10th ed. (June2014), Montréal, Hydro-Québec, 2008, 210 p. (Standard E.21-10).
    This publication is available free of charge on the Website at:

  • CORPORATION DES MAÎTRES ÉLECTRICIENS DU QUÉBEC (CMEQ)Guide technique 2007, Anjou, CMEQ, 2007, 614 p. Price: $60 (in French only)
    Phone: 514 738-2184 or 1 800 361-9061
    Fax: 514 738-2192 or 1 888 390-2637

  • WILDI, ThéodoreElectrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems, 6th ed., Toronto, Prentice Hall, 2006, 960 p. Price: $165


    Standard Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2004 (CAN3ULC-S3536-04-EN)
    Standard Installation of Fire Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2006, (CAN/ULC-S524-06-AM1-EN) Tél : 1 866 937-3852
    Téléc. : 1 416 757-8727

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