Vocational education

Vocational education begins in the second cycle and leads to a vocational studies diploma (diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP)) offered in 21 different fields. These short length programs run for an average of 900 to 1800 hours (1 to 2 years). They put emphasis on practical knowledge (80% technical, 20% theory applied to careers) and prepare the graduates to work in specialized industries with interesting wages. 

For some of these programs, it is possible to pursue studies and complete a professional specialization attestation (attestation de specialisation professionnelle (ASP))upon completion of an average of 450 to 1150 hours. 

These diplomas are issued by the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR)), are world-renowned and could give you access to a first international work experience!

Technical education

Technical education is considered as upper secondery education and leads to a technical studies diploma (diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC)).  It is a three-year diploma for students who want to pursue a skilled trade and it prepares graduates to work in the labour market.

These diplomas are issued by the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR)), are world-renowned and could give you access to a first international work experience!

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Highlights

  • A job placement rate of 70% to 90% after your studies ! 
  • Quebecers stand out at World Skills competitions. These are held around the world to showcase and inspire world-class excellence in skills and introduce youth to a variety of skilled careers.
  • Quebec participates to the Red Seal program that allows qualified tradespeople to practise their trade anywhere in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
  • Quebec signed an agreement with France on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications. It is an innovative agreement that marks a first between Europe and America. It is a major building block of Quebec's new economic space and supports efforts aimed at negotiating an economic partnership between the European Union and Canada.