Training requirements for guarantors
On May 27, 2020, the Regulation respecting the mandatory continuing education of master electricians was introduced by the gouvernement du Québec.
On May 27, 2020, the Regulation respecting continuing education requirements for master electricians was introduced by the gouvernement du Québec, as was the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the professional qualification of contractors and owner-builders and the Regulation respecting continuing education requirements for master pipe mechanics.
Mandatory continuing education (FCO)
As of April 1st 2022, to ensure continued licensure, construction work guarantors will be required to complete 16 hours of continuing education over a 24-month period. The first reference period begins on April 1st, 2022, with the implementation of the regulation, and ends on March 31, 2024.
A construction work guarantor who accumulates over 16 hours of FCO as of March 31 can carry over up to a maximum of four (4) hours to the next reference period (April 1st 2024 to March 31, 2026). As such, a subclass 16 license guarantor will only have to complete 12 hours to meet their 16 hours FCO requirement. At the end of a reporting period, at least eight of those 16 FCO hours must be devoted to continuing education activities related to the knowledge required for construction work.
Please note that some guarantors will have to take 24 or 32 hours of training if they are also a construction work guarantor of more than one license of the subclasses covered by the RBQ and CMMTQ continuing education regulations.
|Guarantors in the following areas:||FCO per two-year period
Starting April 1st 2022
||FCO hours are allocated as follows:|
|Number of training hours specific to electrical work completed over a reference period of 24 months.||Non-specific training - related to the knowledge and skills relevant to the operation of a construction enterprise|
|Electricity||16 h||Minimum of 8 h||A maximum of 8 h of non-specific training will be recognized per reference period.|
|Electricity and Plumbing||16 h||Minimum of 8 h||Minimum of 8 hours in plumbing (1)|
|Electricity and Heating||16 h||Minimum of 8 h||Minimum of 8 hours on heating (1)|
|Electricity and Plumbing and Heating||24 h||Minimum of 8 h||Minimum of 8 hours in plumbing(1)
plus Minimum of 8 hours in heating (1)
|Electricity and General||16 h||Minimum of 8 h||Minimum of 8 hours on general technique(1)|
|Electricity and Plumbing and General||24 h||Minimum of 8 h||Minimum of 8 hours on plumbing (1)
Minimum of 8 h on general technique (1)
|Electricity and Heating and General||24 h||Minimum of 8 h||Minimum of 8 hours on heating (1) plus
Minimum of 8 hours on general technique (1)
|Electricity and Plumbing and Heating and General||32 h||Minimum of 8 h||8h can be completed in plumbing (1) plus
8h can be completed in heating (1) plus
8h can be completed in general technique (1)
(1) The 8 hours of training in plumbing, heating, or general technique will be recognized by the CMEQ as 8 hours of non-specific training. Conversely, the CMMTQ and the RBQ will recognize the electricity training hours as 8 hours of non-specific training.
The following license subclasses are covered by the mandatory continuing education regulation:
Training recognized for the purpose of the training requirement
All training, whether specific or non-specific to work performance, must be recognized by one of the recognition organizations, namely the CMEQ, the CMMTQ and the RBQ. All recognized training is, without exception, listed in the Continuing Education Directory (Répertoire de la formation continue). In other words, training is not recognized if it is not listed in the Continuing Education Directory.
A guarantor who undertakes training that is not recognized, but would be recognized after completion, will not be eligible for that guarantor's 16 hours of FCO. Before registering for training, it is the guarantor's responsibility to ensure it is recognized by consulting the Directory.
Construction work guarantors are responsible for ensuring that the training they wish to undertake is recognized under FCO. This can be done by consulting the Continuing Education Directory.
It is also their responsibility to record the training hours in their file with the RBQ before March 30, 2024, the end date of the reference period. They will also be required to provide proof of participation such as a certificate of attendance or a transcript from the training provider for each training completed. The document certifying the guarantor's participation must include the participant's name, title, date, duration, and location of the training.
A guarantor wishing to undertake unrecognized training may ask the provider to submit an Application for Recognition of Training (Demande de reconnaissance d'une formation) to one of the three recognition agencies. The provider may be required to complete a Provider Validation Application (Demande de validation d'un dispensateur) beforehand. Training that is pending a decision on recognition is not recognized training.
See Frequently Asked Questions about mandatory continuing education.
- Regulation respecting the mandatory continuing education of master electrician: RFCOME - décret et R (VF) 12 mars 2020
- Centre d’expertise et de formation de la CMEQ (CEF) (www.formationcmeq.org)
- Continuing Education Directory
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