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Vocational programs

International Students

If you are an international student, please refer to the International Student page for contact information and program locations. Please do not contact centres directly.

Canadian Students

You may enrol at the centre in which the course or program you would like to take is offered. As this may change every year, depending on availability, please contact one of our 5 Adult Education and Vocational Centres for more information.

Accounting

1350 hours – Full-Time Program (5731)

Program Objectives

This program provides Accounting training to enable men and women to perform tasks and activities in the accounting field for today’s demanding and varied office and business environment. The Accounting program incorporates:

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. The Occupation and the Training Process
  2. Researching Information
  3. Tables and Charts
  4. Calculations Related to Source Documents
  5. Formatting Correspondence
  6. English Correspondence
  7. Processing Source Documents
  8. Handling Cash
  9. Legislation Affecting Businesses
  10. Professional Relationships
  11. Communicating in French
  12. Payroll
  13. French Correspondence
  14. Processing Data
  15. Daily Tasks
  16. Efficiency
  17. Cost of Goods and Services
  18. End-of-Period Tasks
  19. Year-End Tasks
  20. Income Tax Returns
  21. Accounting Systems
  22. Career Development
  23. Entering the Work Force

N.B. Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Tuition-free for Québec Residents

Assistance in Health Care Facilities

750 hours – Full-Time Program (5816)

Program Objectives

The Assistance in Health Care Facilities program prepares men and women to practice the occupation of nursing attendant and carry out a variety of occupational activities. The program aims to help the nursing attendant trainee to develop attitudes and behaviours that meet the requirement for entry into the job market. This involves:

The attendants are trained to meet the general needs of clients, to help them compensate for their disabilities, to guide and support them in maintaining or restoring their autonomy and good health.

Employment Perspectives

Program graduates work in public, private and community health networks, in particular care units, as well as in various living environments that offer basic care and services to individuals, such as nursing homes, group homes, residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD) or similar types of environments.

Progam Content

The program is divided into the following competencies and includes an on-the-job training period. Adult learners gain valuable experience which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the program.

  1. Occupations and Training
  2. Client Needs
  3. Infections and Contamination
  4. Workplace Ethics
  5. The Helping Relationship
  6. Team Interaction
  7. Physical Illnesses and Disabilities
  8. Mental Health Approaches
  9. Basic Care Procedures
  10. First Aid
  11. Palliative Care
  12. Job Search Techniques
  13. Care Unit Procedures
  14. Long-Term Basic Care and Services
  15. Basic Mental Health Care and Services
  16. Short-Term Basic Care and Services

N.B. Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Automobile Mechanics

1800 hours – Full-Time Program (5798)

Program Objectives

This program provides mechanical training to enable men and women to perform the tasks and activities related to working with motor vehicles. The Automobile Mechanics program involves:

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. The Trade and the Training Process
  2. Health, Safety and Environmental Protection
  3. Finding Technical Information
  4. Heating, Welding and Cutting
  5. Shop Work
  6. Communicating in the Workplace
  7. Inspecting Internal Combustion Engines
  8. Repairing Internal Combustion Engines
  9. Inspecting Road-Holding Systems
  10. Repairing Road-Holding Systems
  11. Inspecting Electrical and Electronic Systems
  12. Repairing Lighting Systems
  13. Inspecting Basic Computer-Controlled Systems
  14. Inspecting Transmission Systems
  15. Repairing Transmission Systems
  16. Inspecting Starting and Charging Systems and Electromagnetic Accessories
  17. Repairing Starting and Charging Systems and Electromagnetic Accessories
  18. Inspecting Engine and Passenger Compartment Temperature Control Systems
  19. Maintaining and Repairing Engine and Passenger Compartment Temperature Control Systems
  20. Inspecting Active and Passive Safety Systems
  21. Repairing Active and Passive Safety Systems
  22. General Automobile Maintenance
  23. Inspecting Electronic Ignition Systems
  24. Repairing Electronic Ignition Systems
  25. Inspecting Electronic Injection and Antipollution Systems
  26. Maintaining and Repairing Electronic Injection and Antipollution Systems
  27. Inspecting Drive Trains
  28. Job Search
  29. Entering the Work Force

Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) Automobile Mechanics

Cabinetmaking

1650 hours – Full-Time Program (5530)

Program Objectives

The Cabinetmaking program develops the following competencies to perform the trade:

Employment Perspectives

Cabinetmaking graduates find employment in manufacturing companies as well as being prepared to start their own business.

N.B. Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. The Trade and the Training Process
  2. Wood and Related Materials
  3. Assembly Methods and Devices
  4. Furniture Drafting and Designing
  5. Hand Tools
  6. Health and Safety
  7. Mathematics
  8. Portable Machine Tools
  9. Stationary Machine Tools
  10. Worksite Visits
  11. Procedure Planning
  12. Solid Wood Furniture I
  13. Furniture Made of Sheet Materials
  14. Patterns,Templates, Jigs and Fixtures
  15. Furniture Styles
  16. Shop Drawings and Sketches
  17. Decorative Woodwork
  18. Basic Veneering
  19. Basic Marquetry
  20. Furniture Carving
  21. Furniture Finishing
  22. Solid Wood Furniture II
  23. Furniture Repair and Restoration
  24. Staircases
  25. Starting and Managing a Small Business
  26. Practicum

Health, Assistance and Nursing (5825)

1800 Hours Full Time

Program Objectives

This program prepares students to practice the profession of Nursing Assistant. The program goals are:

Employment Perspectives

Program graduates find employment in long term care facilities, general care and specialized care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, private establishments such as long term care and clinics as well as health and social services centres.

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. Profession and Training
  2. Comprehensive Approach to Health
  3. Communicating in a Care Team
  4. Basic Care Procedures
  5. Helping Relationship
  6. Ethical and Legal Aspects
  7. Care Procedures and the Musculoskeletal System
  8. Infection Control
  9. Drug Therapy
  10. Basic Care
  11. Nutrition
  12. Care Procedures and the Nervous and Sensory Systems
  13. Care Procedures and the Endocrine System
  14. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  15. Care Procedures and the Digestive System
  16. Care Procedures and the Urinary and Reproductive Systems
  17. Specific Care
  18. Approach to Clients with Cognitive Deficits
  19. Approach to Clients in Palliative Care
  20. Approach to Clients with Mental Health Problems
  21. Geronto-Geriatric Care
  22. First Aid
  23. Care of Clients with Mental Health Problems
  24. Medical Care
  25. Physical Rehabilitation Care
  26. Surgical Care
  27. Approach to Mothers and Newborns
  28. Care of Mothers and Newborns
  29. Approach to Children and Adolescents
  30. Care of Children and Adolescents
  31. Care of a Diverse Clientele

N.B. Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Home Care Assistance

960 hours – Full-Time Program (5816)

Program Objectives

Employment Perspectives

Program graduates work in long term care facilities, general and specialized hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centres, old age residences and health and social service centres.

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. The Occupation and the Training Process
  2. Concepts Related to Human Development
  3. Communication and Team Work
  4. Hygiene and Microbiology
  5. Daily Housekeeping Tasks
  6. Common Diseases and Disorders
  7. Principles and Techniques of Moving Clients Safely
  8. Performance of Tasks Related to Hygienic Care and Client Comfort
  9. Professional Ethics
  10. Occupational Health and Safety
  11. Performance of Tasks Related to Feeding
  12. Participation in Providing Home Care and Services
  13. Concepts of Family Dynamics
  14. Social Problems and Resources
  15. Developing a Trusting Relationship with a Client at Home
  16. First Aid
  17. Managing Daily Affairs
  18. Planning a Job Search
  19. Providing Home Care and Services

Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Hotel Reception

735 hours – Full-Time Program (5783)

Program Objectives

This program provides Hotel Reception training to enable men and women to perform the tasks and activities related to working in today’s vibrant and ever growing hospitality industry. The Hotel Reception program involves:

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. The Trade and the Training Process
  2. Professional Relationships
  3. Selling Hotel Products and Services
  4. Taking Reservations
  5. Accounting Tasks
  6. Safety and Security
  7. Reception-Related Tasks in a Non-Computerized Environment
  8. Communication in the Second Language
  9. Operating a Hotel Computer System
  10. Reception-Related Tasks in a Computerized Environment
  11. Entering the Work Force

Industrial Drafting

1800 hours – Full-Time Program (5725)

Program Objectives

This program provides the specialized training to enable men and women to perform the tasks and activities related to designing technical objects.

The Industrial Drafting program develops:

(This program is only offered at theWestern Québec Career Centre Campus)

Program Content

The program is divided into the following competencies and includes an on-the-job training period. Adult learners gain valuable experience which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the program.

  1. The Trade and the Training Process
  2. Solving Problems Related to Industrial Drafting
  3. Interpreting Technical Drawings
  4. Producing Sketches
  5. Working at a Computerized Work Station
  6. Producing Detail Drawings of Mechanical Components
  7. Illustrating Fasteners
  8. Illustrating the Arrangement of Components
  9. Interpreting Technical Information Related to Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  10. Produce Assembly Drawings
  11. Using the Specialized Functions of a Computer-Aided Drafting Program
  12. Taking and Interpreting Measurements
  13. Determining Dimensional Tolerances
  14. Correcting a Drawing
  15. Illustrating Power Train Systems
  16. Producing Development Drawings
  17. Making Three-Dimensional Drawings of an Object
  18. Producing Detail Drawings of a Mechanism
  19. Making Piping and Circuit Diagrams
  20. Using Job Search or Entrepreneurial Techniques
  21. Producing Drawings for a Mechanical System
  22. Drawing the Housing of a Machine
  23. Adapting to the New Types of Work Organization
  24. Designing a Simple Technical Object
  25. Entering the Work Force

Residential and Commercial Drafting

1800 hours – Full-Time Program (5750)

Program Objectives

This program provides the specialized training to enable men and women to perform the tasks and activities related to produce drawings for residential and commercial properties.

The Residential and Commercial Drafting program develops the competencies:

(This program is only offered at the Western Québec Career Centre Campus)

Program Content

The program is divided into the following competencies and includes an on-the-job training period. Adult learners gain valuable experience which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the program.

  1. The Trade and the Training Process
  2. Using a Computer
  3. Architectural Drawing Components
  4. Basic Functions of Drafting Software Applications
  5. Architectural Objects
  6. Architectural Plans: Single-Family Dwellings
  7. Health and Safety on Construction Sites
  8. Advanced Functions of Drawing Software Applications
  9. Reinforced Concrete Drawings
  10. Construction Site Data
  11. Information Related to Plumbing
  12. Plumbing Plans
  13. Wall Sections and Detail Drawings
  14. Estimating Quantities
  15. Steel Structure Assembly Drawings
  16. Structural Steel Shop Drawings
  17. Architectural Plans; Multi-Family Dwellings
  18. Information Related to Electricity
  19. Electrical Plans
  20. Presentation Drawings
  21. Job Search Techniques
  22. Information Related to Ventilation
  23. Ventilation Plans
  24. Commercial Building Plans
  25. Entering the Work Force

Secretarial Studies

1485 hours – Full Time Program (5712)

Program Objectives

This program provides Secretarial training to enable men and women to perform the tasks and activities to function effectively in today’s wired, shifting and demanding office environment. The Secretarial Studies program incorporates:

Program Content

  1. The program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period.
  2. The Occupation and the Training Process
  3. Keyboarding
  4. Proofreading
  5. Information Management
  6. Basic Word Processing
  7. Writing Business Correspondence
  8. Common Accounting Tasks
  9. Database Software
  10. Quality
  11. Periodic Accounting Tasks
  12. Communication
  13. Telecommunication Tools
  14. Bilingual Communication
  15. Business Correspondence Production
  16. Spreadsheets
  17. Time Management
  18. Business Correspondence in French
  19. Labour Laws
  20. Translation into French
  21. Advanced Word Processing
  22. Desktop Publishing
  23. Document Production
  24. Business Meetings
  25. File Updates
  26. Job Search Techniques
  27. Entering the work Force

Starting a Business

330 hours – Full-Time Program (5764)

Program of Study

The program of study incorporates all the competencies and objectives related to starting a business. It offers the student the opportunity to plan his or her business venture. The program consists of six modules. Each module provides basic training in business notions and marketing strategies.

The Training Includes:

Meet Experts In the Following Fields:

Program Objectives

Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS).

Travel Sales

1245 hours – Full-Time Program (5736)

Program Objectives

This program provides Travel Sales training to enable men and women to perform the tasks needed in today’s diverse travel market. The Travel Sales program entails much more than simple sales, it involves:

Program Content

Program is divided into the following modules. In addition, all students participate in an on-the-job training period. Students gain valuable experience, which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the course.

  1. The Occupation and the Training Process
  2. Geographical Context Specific to a Destination
  3. Tours and Cruises
  4. Customer Needs
  5. Travel Products for North American Destinations
  6. Travel Products for Tropical Destinations
  7. Business Travel
  8. Airline Reservation Systems
  9. Electronic Data Processing
  10. Introduction to the Occupation
  11. Travel Products for Central and South American Destinations
  12. Second Language
  13. Travel Products for European Destinations
  14. Job-Search Techniques
  15. Leisure Travel Sales
  16. Travel Products for Asian Destinations
  17. Travel Products for African and Oceanian Destinations
  18. Administrative Documents
  19. Development of Customer Contacts
  20. Entering the Workforce

Tuition-free for Québec Residents

Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies DVS).

Welding and Fitting

1800 hours – Full-Time Program (5695)

Program Objectives

This program provides the specialized training to enable men and women to acquire the qualifications needed to work in the field of welding and fitting.

The Welding and Fitting program develops the competencies to acquire the qualifications needed:

to get into the labour market

  1. to acquire the qualifications needed to interpret plans, specifications and procedures
  2. to acquire the qualifications needed to prepare and weld steel, stainless steel and aluminum parts according to different processes: SMAW, CTAW, GMAW, FCAW
  3. to acquire the qualifications needed to carry out, modify and repair assemblies
  4. to apply occupational health and safety rules; to control the quality of products built.

Program Content

The program is divided into the following competencies and includes an on-the-job training period. Adult learners gain valuable experience which should enable them to secure employment upon the successful completion of the program.

  1. The Trade and the Training Process
  2. Occupational Health and Safety Rules
  3. Producing Sketches and Drawings
  4. Applying Concepts of Metallurgy
  5. Cutting Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals
  6. Using Cutting and Shaping Equipment
  7. Preparing Parts
  8. Applying the SMAW Process
  9. Welding Steel Parts Using the SMAW Process
  10. Interpreting Plans and Specifications
  11. Applying the GTAW Process
  12. Welding Steel Parts Using the GTAW Process
  13. Welding Aluminum Parts Using the GTAW Process
  14. Basic Assemblies
  15. Applying the GMAW Process
  16. Welding Steel Parts using the GMAW Process
  17. Welding Aluminum Parts Using the GMAW Process
  18. Simple Assemblies
  19. Applying the FCAW Process
  20. Welding Steel Parts Using the FCAW Process
  21. Applying the SAW, RW and PAW Processes
  22. Interpretation of Plans and Specifications for Complex Assemblies
  23. Assemblies of Medium Complexity
  24. Communication in the Workplace
  25. Complex Assemblies
  26. Modifying Assemblies
  27. Repairing Assemblies
  28. Using Job-Search Techniques
  29. Entering the Work Force

This program is only offered at the Western Québec Career Centre Campus)

Completion of this program leads to a Québec ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) Diploma of Vocational Studies(DVS)

Academic Programs

We offer academic programs for students wishing to complete their high school or to acquire the necessary prerequisites for vocational training, CEGEP or university. Not able to attend in person? There may be an option for you with our distance education consortium.

Personal and Professional Upgrading

The following courses are available during evenings and weekends (if sufficient demand):

 

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