What the RBQ does not do

The mandate of the RBQ is to issue the contractor’s or owner-builder’s licences.

However, the RBQ’s mandate does not include:

  • the issuance of licence in the fields of electricity and plumbing
  • the issuance of qualification cards or certificates of qualification
  • the assistance to business start-up.

The CMEQ: where to obtain your contractor’s licence in electricity

Electrical contractors must hold a licence which contains the subclass 16. This licence is issued by the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ) This link leaves the Régie du bâtiment du Québec’s website.This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window..

The CMMTQ: where to obtain your contractor’s licence in plumbing or heating

The Corporation of Master Pipe Mechanics of Quebec (CMMTQ) [Fr] This link leaves the Régie du bâtiment du Québec’s website.This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has the authority of issuing licences to contractors which are specialized in building services, more specifically in plumbing and in heating. The issuing of this licence is conditional upon successfully undergoing a stringent qualification process.

The CCQ: where to obtain your certificate of qualification

In the province of Quebec, the construction industry has criteria for the hiring of labour to which building contractors must conform. The basic principle remains the qualification the applicant acquires through training and/or work experience.

To apply for a certificate of qualification, you must contact the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) This link leaves the Régie du bâtiment du Québec’s website.This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window..

The Businesses area of the Government services portal: where to go in order to start your business

You are considering going into business? Refer to the Entreprises QuébecThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window., a most useful source of information to help you start your own company. This site has the information that will enable you to acquire the tools and appropriate resources you need to launch your business.

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