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Recognition of Qualifications

Does your Emploi-Québec certificate of qualification allow you to practise your trade outside Québec? Can someone who holds a certificate of qualification from another province or a foreign country work in Québec?

Towards greater mobility

In most cases, to obtain a certificate of qualification from Emploi-Québec, you need to have experience and qualifications that meet the examination enrolment conditions. However, under certain administrative agreements aimed at facilitating labour mobility, the normal qualification procedure is not always compulsory.

To find out whether your trade is covered by one of these agreements, see the List of trades.

  • An agreement between Québec and France facilitates labour mobility by means of mutual recognition of training, permits and certificates of qualification. Subject to certain conditions, you may be able to practise your profession or trade in both Québec and France.

    See the France-Québec agreement page.
  • An agreement between Québec and Ontario allows people to practise certain trades in both provinces without having to repeat the qualification procedure, subject to certain conditions.

    See the Ontario-Québec agreement page.
  • By virtue of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), persons who hold a certificate of qualification from a Canadian province may be entitled to work in another province without having to repeat the qualification procedure. In addition, certificates of qualification marked "Red Seal" are generally recognized by the other provinces and territories.

    See the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) page or the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program page.
  • In most cases, a journeyperson competency certificate issued by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) allows the holder to work outside the construction industry without having to obtain an Emploi-Québec certificate for the same category of trades. Similarly, subject to certain conditions, the CCQ recognizes Emploi-Québec certificates.

    See the Certificates issued by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) page.