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Examinations – Who? How? How many?

Examinations are one way in which the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) can verify the competency of those applying for a licence.

More frequently asked questions about RBQ examinations can be found on our FAQ page.

Who must take the examinations?

The individuals who will serve as guarantors for the company:

  • In the case of a natural person doing business alone (as a sole proprietorship), this means the person themselves.
  • In the case of a legal person or partnership, this means one of the officers. A legal person or partnership may propose more than one guarantor per field of qualification. However, fees are charged for each examination written by a guarantor.

It is important that the guarantor be ready and available to write the examinations when the licence application is submitted.

How do you register for an examination?

The first step is simply to complete the appropriate licence application form and forward it to the RBQ.

If your application is complete and meets all the requirements, it will be processed within 60 days of when it is received. The RBQ will contact the guarantor(s) in writing to inform them of the date and time of the required examination(s) and the address of the RBQ regional office where the examination(s) will be held.

If, however, the application is incomplete or does not meet all the requirements, the RBQ will contact the company within 15 days of receiving the application to request the missing documents or information. Failure to receive the information and documents before the deadline allows the RBQ to keep the processing fees of your application. However, you will be reimbursed for the fees you paid to get a licence. At this point, you will have to fill a new application to obtain a licence and pay the processing fees again.  

What are the fees?

There are applicable fees to obtain, modify or maintain a licence, or to present a professional file. Consult the page related to the type of licence you wish to obtain to know the fees:

How many examinations do you need to take?

The number of examinations you must take depends on the type of licence and the licence subclasses you are applying for.

General owner-builder's licence

The following examinations are required in order to qualify for a general owner-builder's licence:

  • Construction site safety management
  • Project and site management
  • Carrying out of construction work, in the selected subclass(es) An examination is required for each subclass you apply for.

Specialized owner-builder's licence

The following examinations are required in order to qualify for a specialized owner-builder's licence:

  • Construction site safety management
  • Carrying out of construction work, in the selected Schedule II subclass(es) An examination is required for each subclass you apply for.

General or specialized contractor's licence

The following examinations are required in order to qualify for a contractor's licence (general or specialized):

  • Administration
  • Construction site safety management
  • Project and site management
  • Carrying out of construction work, in the selected subclass(es) of Schedules I and II An examination is required for each subclass you apply for.

Exceptions – Civil engineering (subclasses 1.4 to 1.7)

The following examinations are required for each subclass from 1.4 to 1.7:

  • Administration
  • Safety management on construction sites for the specific subclass
  • Project and site management for the specific subclass

You must pass all these examinations in order to obtain the subclass you want added to your licence.

Exceptions – Plumbing and Electrical (subclasses 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4, 15.5 and 16)

In order to qualify in any of subclasses 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4 and 15.5, you must contact the Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du QuébecThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.. Similarly, to qualify in subclass16, you must contact the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du QuébecThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.. Responsibility for assessing these professional qualifications has been transferred to these two corporations. If your application concerns both of these corporations, please contact only one of them.

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