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Recognition of Acquired Competencies

The Ministère de l’Éducation et Enseignement supérieur (MEES) enables individuals to obtain recognition for their prior learning and competencies as they work toward a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) or an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS).


The prior learning and skills of an individual are evaluated and recognized according to competencies defined in the programs of study. Therefore it is not so much the individual’s experience that is recognized, but rather, the prior learning or competencies stemming from their experience. These competencies may have been acquired in a variety of places including schools and the workplace, or during an array of different activities (volunteer work, private courses).


Anyone wishing to obtain such recognition must prove that they have indeed acquired the prior knowledge and competencies in question, and must take part in evaluation activities. At the end of this process, candidates must complete any missing training or education components required to obtain their DVS or AVS.


Individuals wishing to obtain recognition for the prior learning and competencies in vocational training must:

  • attend an information session and submit a request for the recognition of their prior learning and competencies (original documents are required)
  • complete the self-evaluation forms handed out at the information session and provide a résumé along with any other documents attesting to the acquisition of prior learning and competencies
  • take part in an interview with at least one content specialist, who will verify the extent to which the candidate has mastered the competencies defined in each module of the program in question
  • take part in evaluation activities or perform any tasks that may be assigned
  • complete any training that may still be needed to obtain certification.


For more information, please contact Qualification Montréal at 514 748-4646 or visit the Web site




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