Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC)
Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) provides a process to receive academic credit for skills and knowledge gained through training, life or workplace experience. RAC awards an Attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) or a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC), both of which are recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. The RAC process provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and competencies through varied evaluations, such as interviews, portfolios, projects, workplace demonstrations, etc.
The RAC Process
1. Attend the Info Session
If you believe that you have skills and knowledge that are comparable to those listed in the competencies of one of the programs for which RAC services are offered at Champlain, please sign-up for an info-session to find out if RAC is the right option for you.
In our sign-up form, you may also choose to request a personalized assessment of your CV. One of our RAC advisors will then help you determine if the RAC process is right for you.
2. Apply to be Admitted to the College
After attending the info session, you will need to officially register as a candidate with the College and bring the necessary documents for your admission to the RAC process. A list of required documents is available on each service’s page, in the “Preparing your Application” section.
Important: To ensure the confidentiality of your documents, we strongly recommend that they are either sent to us by mail, uploaded via Omnivox, or dropped off in person. E-mail is an insecure medium that should NOT be used for sensitive documents. Should you use e-mail or another medium that hasn't been mentioned here, you are taking responsibility for the risks introduced.
3. Apply to be Admitted to the RAC Process
Once admitted to the College, a RAC Advisor will review your file and analyze all your documents. If your experience is considered sufficient, your application for RAC will be accepted. Afterwards, you will be contacted by a RAC Advisor who will request that you complete the self-assessment forms.
4. Attend a Validation Interview
Once you have completed the self-assessment forms, a content specialist will review your forms. Afterwards, you will be asked to attend a validation interview during which the content specialist will review the self-assessment forms with you. During this interview, the specialist will make recommendations for each competency (ex: evaluation, partial training, attend a complete course).
For your evaluations, you will be required to provide proof of your skills and knowledge (certificates, job description, employer letter, video, etc.) for each program competency. You will also need to complete evaluation activities or participate in an interview to earn recognition for the competencies. In preparation for evaluations, you will have the option to:
- Attend one of our seminars on a specific topic;
- Consult our free online resources;
- Attend group activities;
- Receive one-on-one training from one of our experts (in cases of re-evaluation).
You will also have access to the College’s RAC website and to availability time of a content specialist. Upon request, you may also receive small group or individual training.
Once you have successfully completed all of the evaluations, you will receive your AEC or DEC.
Services for new immigrants
The RAC for immigrants program was specifically designed for immigrants, and its objective is to help candidates gain official Canadian recognition of their competencies. It also allows immigrants to benefit from seminars that will help in their integration into the Quebec workforce.
Difficulties Immigrants Face
- Lack of knowledge of Quebec’s institutions and of the Quebec way of doing business
- Lack of knowledge of Quebec laws and regulations in their field
- Linguistic difficulties (in French or/and in English)
- No Canadian diploma
- No Canadian experience
Characteristics of the Curriculum Specifically Adapted to Immigrants
- Each week, the candidates receive additional communication classes in French and in English. During these classes, the candidates practice the vocabulary related to the subject discussed in the seminar of that particular week.
- Each week, the candidates attend seminars that have been specifically prepared for immigrant candidates and they have classroom activities periods under the guidance of a specialist. The seminars cover the competencies required to obtain the AEC (Attestation d’Études Collégiales) they are seeking recognition for.
- The candidates attend specialized seminars on the integration to Quebec society and Quebec workforce. Some of the subjects discussed are:
- Quebec institutions and business organizations
- The integration process
- Perception and non-verbal communication
- Workplace relationships in Quebec
- Know how to promote yourself in Quebec
- The importance of networking in Quebec
- The candidates also benefit from employment search seminars and activities during which they receive help with their Curriculum Vitae writing and cover letter writing, practice for job interviews, and get job search tips.
Measures for success
- The evaluations are done on-site, during the week, and in the presence of a content specialist. Several of the evaluations have an individual interview with a content specialist component.
- The candidates receive a complete evaluation of their linguistic progress in French and English at the beginning and at the end of the program.
- Free blocks are built-in the schedule so that the candidates who need it may request individual tutoring time with a content specialist.
- How many years of work experience do I need to be admitted?
There is no set number of years of experience required to be admitted to the RAC process. What counts is what you know, not how you’ve acquired it nor how long it took you to acquire it. When considering an application, we analyze your overall experience: we consider any significant experience you may have had in the field, your education and training, and your life experience.
- Does my volunteer work count as work experience?
Yes. For the RAC process, it is not important where or how you’ve acquired your competencies: work experience, volunteer work, self-study, non-formal training, mentorship, volunteer activities and hobbies are all considered as long as you can prove that you have performed them.
- Do I need a high school degree to be admitted to the RAC process?
Some people who have not completed high school may be admissible to the RAC process. If you have not completed high school, but have significant experience in a field of study linked to one of our AECs or DECs, contact one of our advisors to see if you could be eligible for the RAC process.
- Do I need to have an evaluation comparative from the MIDI (Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion) in order to be admissible to RAC?
No. A RAC Advisor will analyze your file and let you know whether your evaluation comparative will be required or not.