To legally practice a profession governed by a professional order, you must:

  • become a member of the professional order
  • obtain a licence to practice

To become a member of a professional order and obtain a regular licence to practice, you must have a knowledge of French appropriate to your profession, that is to say, be able to speak, write and work in French.

Under section 35 of the Charter of the French Language This hyperlink will open in a new window., your professional order considers that you have sufficient knowledge of French if you meet 1 of the following conditions:

  • You have completed at least three years of secondary or post-secondary education in French and full time. 
  • You have passed the French mother tongue exams in the 4th or 5th year of secondary school in Québec.
  • You obtained a secondary school diploma (DES) in Québec in 1985-1986 or after.

If you do not meet one of these conditions, you must obtain a certificate of knowledge of French.

The Office québécois de la langue française is responsible for issuing this certificate to those who have passed the exam.

If you do not yet have the certificate of knowledge of French, you can obtain a temporary licence to practice. However, it is up to your professional order to verify if you are eligible.