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Keeping knowledge and skills up to date

The Regulation respecting the professional qualification of contractors and owner-builders has been modified to add continuing education (training) as a condition for maintaining the qualification of general and specialized contractors who act as guarantors. In conjunction with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), the Corporation of Master Electricians of Québec (CMEQ) and the Corporation of Master Pipe-Mechanics of Québec (CMMTQ) have also added this requirement to the conditions for maintaining their members’ professional qualifications.

Continuing education mandatory to retain qualification

New requirements will go into effect on April 1st, 2022. As of that date, targeted guarantors will be required to take a specific number of hours of continuing education every 2 years in order to retain their qualification.

The number of hours is established based on the licence subclass(es) held, but most targeted guarantors will be required to take a total of 16 hours of continuing education. Other targeted guarantors will have to take 24 or 32 hours of continuing education, depending on the number of licence subclasses they hold, or if they hold, concurrently, subclasses targeted by the continuing education regulations of the RBQ, CMEQ and CMMTQ.

Since the regulations were published, the RBQ has been working on a list of continuing education programs that will meet the new obligations. This list and information on training providers will be available when the regulations come into force, in 2022.

Objectives

This regulation seeks, in particular, to reduce potential risks that, over time, a discrepancy between best practices and those of the guarantors be created, and which can ultimately have repercussions on the quality of the work and public safety.

In concrete terms, mandatory continuing education will provide targeted guarantors the following advantages:

  • Constantly update their knowledge and skills.
  • Be better informed of normative, regulatory and technological changes.
  • Maintain a high level of quality and safety in the execution of their work.
  • Add value to their enterprise, which is subject to continuing education.
  • Increase their competitiveness in the construction industry, for the benefit of the general population.

Targeted contractors

Mandatory continuing education targets contractors who act as guarantors and hold certain licence subclasses in the building, electrical, gas and plumbing sectors. Owner-builders are excluded from this regulation.

This new regulatory change affects the following subclasses:

  • Guarantors who hold one or more of the following RBQ licence subclasses:
    • 1.1.1. Building contractor – New residential buildings covered by a guarantee plan, Class I
    • 1.1.2. Contractor – New residential buildings covered by a guarantee plan, Class II
    • 1.2. Contractor – Small buildings
    • 1.3. Contractor – All buildings
    • 15.1.1. Contractor – Pulsed air heating systems for certain work that is not reserved exclusively for master pipe-mechanics
    • 15.2.1. Contractor – Natural gas burner systems for certain work that is not reserved exclusively for master pipe-mechanics
    • 15.3.1. Contractor – Oil burners for certain work that is not reserved exclusively for master pipe-mechanics
    • 15.4.1. Contractor – Hydronic heating systems for certain work that is not reserved exclusively for master pipe-mechanics
    • 15.5.1. Contractor – Plumbing for certain work that is not reserved exclusively for master pipe-mechanics
  • Guarantors who carry out construction work, are members of the CMMTQ, and hold one or more of the following licence subclasses:
    • 15.1. Contractor – Pulsed air heating system
    • 15.2. Contractor – Natural gas burners
    • 15.3. Contractor – Oil burners
    • 15.4. Contractor – Hydronic heating systems
    • 15.5. Contractor – Plumbing
  • Guarantors who carry out construction work, are members of the CMEQ, and hold licence subclass 16. Contractor – Electrical.

Refer to the regulations

For specifics, refer to the regulations published in the Gazette officielle du Québec (Official Québec Gazette):

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