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Mandatory continuing education

 

General information

Compliance period:
from April 1st, 2015 to March 31st, 2017

 

For lawyers For providers

My mandatory continuing
education record
(in French only)
   .

Application for the recognition
of a training activity

WHERE TO FIND THE APPROVED TRAINING ACTIVITIES?

Catalog of approved activities  

Catalog of the Barreau du Québec training activities  

 

9 explanatory guides on current procedures
and new ones, effective April 1, 2015.

 

The most frequently asked questions

I took part in a training activity; do I have to send you the certificate of participation that I was given?
  • No. You don't have to send the Barreau du Québec the certificate of participation that the Recognized Training Provider is obliged to give you (as a registered participant or trainer). Instead, that certificate will have to be kept in your personal files and, in particular, will be useful in filling out your training statement.
  • Further details may be found in the Guide du participant à des activités de formation (in french)
I'm on parental leave. Can I be exempted from my training obligation?
  • Yes. You may be granted an exemption for parental leave equivalent to 1¼ hours of training for each month of parental leave, up to a maximum of 15 hours per reference period. You don't have to submit a request or application for exemption. Just declare your exemption on your training statement.
  • Further details may be found in the Guide sur les dispenses de l’obligation de formation continue (in french).
Are advanced studies recognized for the purpose of my training obligation?
  • Yes. Advanced studies in law at the graduate and post-graduate levels are automatically recognized by the Committee if they are offered by a law faculty at a university in Québec, elsewhere in Canada or outside the country.
  • The following programs are also automatically recognized by the Committee if they are offered by a university in Québec, elsewhere in Canada or outside the country:
    • Specialized graduate diploma in Taxation
    • Specialized graduate diploma in Management Studies
    • Graduate diploma in Combating Financial Crime
    • Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master's degree in Taxation
    • Master's degree in Legal Translation
  • For these training activities, just declare the hours completed, on your training statement, and keep proof of your participation in these activities. No application or request for recognition needs to be filed with the Committee.
  • Further details may be found in the Guide du participant à des activités de formation (in french).
Are training activities recognized by another Canadian Bar Association or by a Bar Association outside the country also recognized by the Barreau du Québec for the purpose of my training obligation?
  • Yes. Training activities held outside Québec and recognized by another Bar Association in Canada or elsewhere within a mandatory continuing education system in that other Bar Association are automatically recognized by the Committee:
    • regardless of whether or not you are a member of that other Bar Association, and
    • regardless of whether or not that training activity is offered by that other Bar Association or by a provider recognized by that other Bar Association.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that the activity is actually recognized by that other Bar Association within its mandatory continuing education program and that it meets the requirements of the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire.
  • For these training activities, you just need to declare the hours completed, on your training statement, and keep proof of your participation in these activities. No application or request for recognition needs to be filed with the Committee.
  • All activities held in Québec are subject to the Committee's recognition process.
  • Further details may be found in the Guide du participant à des activités de formation (in french).
How can I register for the Barreau du Québec's training activities?
  • The Barreau du Québec's training offering is accessible at all times in the Barreau's offering catalogue. Through its concern for fairness to all members wanting to register, the Barreau du Québec gives preference to online registration for all its training activities. In fact, online registration reserves a place, in real time, in the training activity selected, whereas registration by fax or mail may cause certain delays.
  • We therefore recommend that you register online by following the link online registration form, accessible in the description of each of the training activities in the Barreau's offering.
I have taken over 30 hours of training during the reference period. Can I carry some hours forward to the next reference period?
  • Starting April 1, 2015 , a member who has fulfilled his 30-hour continuing education obligation for the 2015-2017 reference period may carry forward a maximum of six additional hours of recognized training to the next reference period (for 2017-2019), by declaring them on his online training statement, under the Report ("Carry forward") section provided for this purpose.
  • More information may be found in the Guide général sur l’obligation de formation continue (in french).
I am a provider offering training activities. Can I become a Recognized Provider or do I need to be granted recognition for each of the training activities offered?
  • Effective April 1, 2015, a provider may be granted the status of Recognized Provider, which would avoid the need to have each of his training activities recognized. Under this status, eligible providers can benefit, in accordance with the specified terms and conditions, from general recognition for all the training activities they offer.
  • The eligibility criteria as well as the terms and conditions for being granted Recognized Provider status may be found in the Guide du dispensateur d’activités de formation (in french).


Do you still have questions? Would you like to learn more about mandatory continuing education?

We invite you to consult one of the nine explanatory guides on current procedures and new ones, effective April 1, 2015.

If you do not find the answer to your question, you may contact the Department of Continuing Education by email at formation.continue@barreau.qc.ca.

For maintenance reasons, please note that online applications are unavailable between midnight and 3 AM (EST).


              

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