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Knowledge of the French language

All members of the Order must have appropriate knowledge of the French language required for the practice of the profession. 

You must demonstrate this knowledge by submitting one of the following documents*:

  • secondary school diploma issued by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation as of and after the 1985-86 school year;
  • secondary school transcript issued by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, indicating that you passed the fourth or fifth year secondary level examination for French as a first language;
  • official transcript indicating that you received three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary instruction in French, regardless of the country;
  • certificate attesting that you passed the exam of the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF).

If you are unable to provide any of these supporting documents, you must pass the OQLF exam. The Order will provide you with the exam registration form.

NOTICE: New French exam in 2018

In 2018, the OQLF will introduce a new French exam. Candidates who have already written the exam, but who have not successfully completed it, have until August 21, 2018 to retake the exam under the previous format. From that date on, all candidates will be required to successfully complete the new exam. For more information, visit the OQLF website.

The Order will inform you whether you qualify for a temporary permit valid for one year. This permit is renewable under certain conditions so that you may continue to learn French and pass the OQLF exam.

* Important: If, upon registering with the Order, you have already provided proof that you have completed full-time undergraduate studies in a French-language Quebec university, you are exempt from providing proof of knowledge of the French language.


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