Admission Requirements

Am I eligible? What requirements do I need?

Vocational training programs involve learning all the tasks and operations required to practice a specific trade. Every year, tens of thousands of students in QC from different backgrounds graduate from a vocational training program and enter the workforce or choose to continue their studies.

Please contact our centres for more information on the vocational education programs offered at our nine school boards. For more information about the Vocational training programs offered in QC, please consult

Field Placements (Stages or Work Study)

All vocational training programs include an opportunity for stage or work-study as part of their program requirements. This “stage” or field placement component provides students with valuable work experience, network building and connections for future employment. These stages can be anywhere from two to three weeks. A variety of stage options exist for each program.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent.
Applicants must be 16 years of age on September 30 of the current school year and must have earned Secondary V credits in language of instruction and Secondary IV credits in second language and mathematics, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and must have successfully completed the General Development Test*, as well as Secondary V credits in language of instruction, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning.
Applicants must have successfully completed Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics, and must continue their general education courses concurrently with their vocational training in order to obtain the credits they are missing among the following: Secondary V language of instruction and Secondary IV second language and mathematics.

The majority of our programs require a Secondary IV level; however, some require a Secondary III level or Secondary V level.


Registration at all our centres is ongoing; however, some programs attract a large number of candidates, so it is important to register as soon as possible. Some centres require students to attend information sessions or interviews prior to acceptance. While all our programs are tuition free, students are required to pay fees for textbooks, equipment, software, uniforms, and accessories.

Important documents to bring when registering:

Birth certificate (Long Form), Quebec Medicare card or driver’s license, school diploma or transcript, and SIN.

Birth certificate (Long Form), Quebec Medicare card or driver’s license, proof of residence, transcripts, and SIN.

Translated birth certificate (Long Form), permanent resident card (with landed papers) or Canadian citizenship card, Quebec Medicare card or driver’s license, Quebec Selection Certificate (QSC) or proof of residence, high school diploma or latest transcripts, and SIN. Comparative evaluation for studies done outside of Québec or placement exam(s) may be required.

  • Valid Medicare card
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Municipal or school tax bill
  • Hydro Québec or telephone bill
  • Lease
  • Bank or credit card statement
  • Magazine subscription
  • Notice of assessment from Revenu Quebec




If you require academic accommodations (e.g., extra time to complete exams, electronic readers, etc.) please bring your Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or other documentation to your registration appointment.

If you are an international student, you must register at one of our international centres.

For more information please contact our centres.

Equivalency/Placement Tests

The General Development Test can be used for admission to Vocational Training programs. It includes 100 multiple choice questions in English and Math at an approximately Sec 3 level. The passing mark for this exam is 45/100, and can be retaken in 1 year if failed. The cost of this exam is $50.00 for all Quebec residents. Students must be 18 years of age to write the exam. The test lasts approximately 3 hours. PLEASE NOTE that for many programs there are language and/or math pre-requisites in order for an applicant to be eligible to write the test.

In order to register, students must present in person at the High School of Montreal Adult Center. Registration times are from Monday to Thursday between 10:00am and 4:00 pm. The cost is 40$ which includes a study guide and exam.

The knowledge evaluated is organized into seven tests and consists only of Multiple Choice questions

You must take and pass the following 3 exams

  • English Grammar / compulsory
  • English Comprehension / compulsory
  • French as a Second Language / compulsory


You must take and pass 2 out of the following 4 exams

  • Mathematics / optional
  • Social Studies / optional
  • Economics / optional (ONLY COMPLETE 2/4)
  • Natural Science / optional

If a student does not have a Secondary School Diploma (SSD)., the  ministers de l’Éducation offers you  an evaluation instrument that will allow you to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, competencies and abilities you have acquired. If you pass the SSET, you will receive an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (AESS).

For those who do not have a Secondary School Diploma (SSD), the SSET provides a

unique opportunity to obtain an  Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (AESS) from le ministère de l’Éducation. The AESS can help you gain access to many jobs that require a Secondary School Diploma or its equivalent. Furthermore, it currently qualifies you for admission into vocational education studies and some CEGEP attestation programs.

For more information or to register for any of the above tests, please contact one of our centres.


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