CPA Montréal

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Purpose of the Qualification management Department

The Qualification Management Department, governed by the professional qualification regulations, is responsible for:

  • Monitoring apprenticeship hours;
  • Administering qualification exams;
  • Issuing competency cards;
  • Monitoring hours worked in the various classified trades and issuing the cards related to these trades;
  • Granting provincial equivalency with other CPAs;
  • Ensuring compliance with the agreements concerning workforce mobility.


Classified trades

Classified trades are trades for which CPA Montréal issues classification cards according to the number of hours worked in the trade.

Dismantler, service attendant, semiskilled worker

There are three grades. One grade corresponds to 2,000 hours of work:
1st grade: 0 to 2,000 hours
2nd grade: 2,001 to 4,000 hours
3rd grade: 4,001 hours and more 

Parts Clerk

There are four levels. One level corresponds to 4,000 hours of work:
Level D: 0 to 4,000 hours
Level C: 4,001 to 8,000 hours
Level B: 8,001 to 12,000 hours
Level A: 12,001 hours or more


There are two levels. One level corresponds to 4,000 hours of work:
Level B: 0 to 4,000 hours
Level A: 4,001 hours or more


Why do you need a competency card?

In accordance with Article 10.01 of the Decree, apprentices entering the governed industry must register at the CPA Montréal and get their photo identification before practising the trade.

Prior to visiting us, candidates are encouraged to consult the admission requirements for qualification for details about the documents that must be provided to open their file.

The competency card reflects the level of apprenticeship of apprentices and the measured competency of journeymen. It guarantees a minimum wage.