There are several ways to have your studies and diplomas recognized in Québec. The procedure varies depending on your situation and objectives.
If you wish to practice a regulated profession or trade in Québec, you must have the regulatory body that governs the profession you want to practice recognize the skills you acquired outside Québec. You will then be subject to the organization’s equivalence process. The regulatory body may also require the successful completion of refresher training, internship and exams.
You may also decide to go back to school to obtain a Québec diploma. Some of your prior learning and skills acquired outside Québec may be recognized to shorten the duration of your training.
Finally, if the profession or trade you want to practice is unregulated, you can start your job search in your field and apply directly to employers.
Recognition of studies and diplomas by a regulatory body
Certain trades and professions are governed by a regulatory body. If you have studied in a foreign country or another Canadian province, you may be required to submit an application for diploma or training equivalence to the committee in charge of admissions to the regulatory body governing the trade or profession you want to practice. It is recommended that you contact the regulatory body concerned about the procedure for submitting an application for diploma or training equivalence.
For more information, consult the page Recognition of studies and diplomas by a regulatory body .
Recognition of studies and diplomas by a Québec educational institution
If you want to study in a Québec educational institution and have obtained a diploma outside Québec, it is up to the educational institution to determine whether or not you meet its admission requirements. You should therefore inquire about the requirements with the admissions department of the institution in which you would like to enrol.
Educational institutions can also recognize part of your work experience acquired outside Québec. For more information about the recognition of skills at the secondary vocational, college and university level, consult the page Recognition of studies and diplomas by a Québec educational institution .
Recognition of studies and diplomas by an employer
For unregulated trades and professions, some employers are able to assess your skills acquired outside Québec, including your work experience, thanks to their knowledge in their field of activity.
Québec employers may also require a comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec. However, it is not always required.
For more information, consult the page Recognition of studies and diplomas by an employer .
Submitting a request for a comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec
For your studies done outside Québec, you can request a comparative evaluation of your studies . This expert opinion indicates the educational benchmarks (or main diplomas) and areas of training in Québec that you can compare your studies with.
This comparative evaluation is neither a diploma nor an equivalence diploma. It is an overall comparison between study programs under two official education systems. It aims to facilitate access to employment for people who have studied outside Québec. Used mainly by employers to gain a better understanding of educational documents issued outside Québec, this comparative evaluation may also be requested by a professional order or other regulatory body or by an educational institution.
Before you submit a request for a comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec, find out whether you really need such an evaluation as part of a hiring or admission process.
Last update: September 14, 2021