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On March 28, a letter was sent to guarantors who are required to take continuing education. This letter sets out the number of hours of training to be completed by March 31, 2024. A letter was also sent to contractors with whom these guarantors work.
Guarantors who qualified on or after April 1st, 2022 are not affected by the current period. They will be contacted for the next period, which will start on April 1st, 2024.
If you are a guarantor subject to the continuing education requirement, you must complete a prescribed number of training hours every two years in order to retain your qualification. These training programs must be related to your field of specialty (heating, building, plumbing, electricity).
This video outlines the steps to follow to meet your obligation. These are described in more detail below.
Before each 2-year period, you will receive a letter specifying the number of hours of training to be completed per subclass along with the deadline for reporting completion. This information is also contained in the continuing education file of companies for which you are a guarantor.
The training programs you take must be related to your licence subclasses. In addition to these programs, you may be required to take training programs of your choice (which may or may not be related to your subclasses), to reach a minimum of 16 hours.
The training programs you take must be recognized by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ) or the Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec (CMMTQ). All recognized training programs are listed in the Continuing Education Directory.
You can suggest that the instructor submit a recognition application to the RBQ, CMMTQ or CMEQ, so that it can be added.
Once you’ve selected your training programs, register directly with the instructors. You can access their website from the Continuing Education Directory [Fr].
You will then have to take your training program. Make sure to receive a proof of participation that contains obligatorily the program title, duration, number and date of participation as well as your name and the name of your training provider. Keep this proof for a period of 4 years. You will need this information and this document when reporting your training hours (step 5) and we could ask to see your proof after your reporting.
Once your training has been completed, you must report your training hours. This is the only way to prove that you have, in fact, taken the training. You have until the end of the 2-year period to do so. To report your hours, you must connect to the continuing education file of the company for which you are a guarantor.
If you have completed and reported more than the number of hours of training prescribed during a 2-year period, a maximum of 4 hours will be held in your file for the next period.
If you fail to report your hours of training before the deadline, you will lose your qualification and will no longer be entitled to act as a guarantor. The company could then lose the right to carry out work covered by your subclass; it could even lose its licence.
Your continuing education requirement is defined in the following regulations: