Overview of the qualification standards

The new Qualification Standards came into effect on .

Table of Contents

Section 1: Overview

Section 2: Occupational Group Qualification Standards

[AC] [AG] [AI] [AO] [AR] [AS] [AU] [BI] [CH] [CM]
[CO] [CR] [CS] [CX] [DA] [DD] [DE] [DS] [EC] [ED]
[EG] [EL] [EN] [EU] [EX] [FB] [FI] [FO] [FS] [GT]
[HR] [IS] [LC] [LP] [LS] [MA] [MD] [MT] [ND] [NU]
[OE] [OM] [OP] [PC] [PE] [PG] [PH] [PI] [PM] [PO]
[PS] [PY] [RO] [SE] [SG] [SO] [ST] [SW] [TI] [TR]
[UT] [VM] [WP]              

Section 3: Qualification Standards in Relation to Official Languages

Section 1: Overview

Pursuant to Section 31(1) of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA), Treasury Board, as employer, is responsible for establishing qualification standards in relation to education, knowledge, experience, occupational certification, language or other qualifications that the employer considers necessary or desirable having regard to the nature of the work to be performed and the present and future needs of the public service. The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) develops and maintains these standards on behalf of the employer.

Organization of the qualification standards

The Occupational Group Qualification Standards are no longer organized according to occupational categories because they were repealed by the Public Service Reform Act (PSRA) in April 1993.

In 1999, Treasury Board approved a streamlined Occupational Group Structure, that maintained the existing bargaining agent affiliation and amalgamated some groups. Consequently, the Occupational Group Qualification Standards are organized according to the occupational group structure that was approved in March 1999 and further restructured in 2005. A table showing a cross-walk between the Occupational Group Structure before and after 1999 is provided in Section 2 for ease of reference.

The occupational group qualification standards for the pre-1999 occupational groups are still in use, as are many of the classification standards. As OCHRO develops and implements classification standards for the 1999 occupational groups, corresponding qualification standards will also be developed.

The Qualification Standards are organized into three related sections:

  • The first section provides an overview of the organization and application of the Qualification Standards.
  • The second section outlines conditions applicable to the Occupational Group Qualification Standards and provides the actual minimum standard in terms of education, occupational certification, etc. for most of the pre-1999 occupational groups.
  • The third section, the Qualification Standards in Relation to Official Languages, outlines the different levels of official language proficiency qualifications required for making appointments and deployments to bilingual positions in the core public administration.

Application

All of the occupational groups in the public service are referred to in the Occupational Group Qualification Standards. However, specific qualification standards do not currently exist for some occupational groups (i.e., SR (C), SR (E), SR (W) and SV).

The Qualification Standards in Relation to Official Languages apply to all positions in the core public administration that, according to Treasury Board policy, are identified as bilingual.

The Qualification Standards must be adhered to by deputy heads for all appointment processes and for all intra-group and inter-group deployments and deployments from separate agencies, except:

  • Student Employment Programs designated by the Treasury Board;
  • Acting appointments of less than 4 months in duration;
  • Casual employment, as noted in Subsection 50(3) of the PSEA; and
  • Part-time workers (-12.5 hours/week).

NOTE: In accordance with Subsection 51(2) of the PSEA, before a deployment can take place from a separate agency that does not fall under the PSEA, the PSC must first have reviewed and approved the staffing program at that agency.

These standards are to be applied within the context of the appointment process as outlined in the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) as well as the PSC Appointment Policy Framework.

Section 2: Occupational Group Qualification Standards

Part 1: Types of Qualifications and Conditions Applicable to the Occupational Group Qualification Standards

Part 2: Occupational Group Qualification Standards

NOTE: In March, 1999, Treasury Board approved a streamlined occupational group structure. Consequently, the occupational group qualification standards are currently organized by the occupational groups approved in March 1999 (see Column A below). Once conversion takes place to an occupational group in Column A (see below) and a new qualification standard is approved and implemented for that group, the qualification standards for the corresponding pre-1999 groups in Column B (see below) will cease to exist.

Column A
Current occupational groups, as of March 1999
Column B
Qualification standard for pre-1999 occupational groups
AI Air Traffic Control AI Air Traffic Control
AO Aircraft Operations AO Aircraft Operations
AV Audit, Commerce and Purchasing AU Auditing
CO Commerce
PG Purchasing and Supply
CS Computer Systems CS Computer Systems
CX Correctional Services CX Correctional Services
EB Education and Library Science ED Education
EU Educational Support
LS Library Science
EC Economics and Social Science Services Former ES Economics, Sociology and Statistics
Former SI Social Science Support
EL Electronics EL Electronics
EX Executive EX Executive
FB Border Services Not applicable
FI Financial Management FI Financial Administration
FS Foreign Service FS Foreign Service
HM Human Resources Management OM Organization and Methods
PE Personnel Administration
LC Law Management Former LA Law
LP Law Practitioner Former LA Law
NR Architecture, Engineering and Land Survey AR Architecture and Town Planning
EN Engineering and Land Survey
PA Program and Administrative Services AS Administrative Services
CR Clerical and Regulatory
CM Communications
DA Data Processing
OE Office Equipment
ST Secretarial, Stenographic and Typing
IS Information Services
PM Programme Administration
WP Welfare Programmes
OM Organization and Methods (Forms Design)
PO Police Operations Support No qualification standard
PR (Non-S) Non-Supervisory Printing Services No qualification standard
RE Research DS Defence Scientific Service
HR Historical Research
MA Mathematics
SE Scientific Research
RO Radio Operations RO Radio Operations
SH Health Services DE Dentistry
MD Medicine
ND Nutrition and Dietetics
NU Nursing
OP Occupational and Physical Therapy
PH Pharmacy
PS Psychology
SW Social Work
VM Veterinary Medicine
SO Ships' Officers SO Ships' Officers
SP Applied Science and Patent Examination AC Actuarial Science
AG Agriculture
BI Biological Sciences
CH Chemistry
FO Forestry
MT Meteorology
PC Physical Sciences
SG Scientific Regulation
SR (C) Ship Repair Chargehands and Production Supervisors - East No qualification standard
SR (E) Ship Repair - East No qualification standard
SR (W) Ship Repair - West No qualification standard
SV Operational Services No standard:
FR Firefighters
GL General Labour and Trades
GS General Services
HP Heating, Power & Stationary Plant
HS Hospital Services
LI Lightkeepers
PR(S) Printing Services (S)
SC Ships Crews
TC Technical Services DD Drafting and Illustration
EG Engineering and Scientific Support
GT General Technical
PI Primary Products Inspection
PY Photography
TI Technical Inspection
TR Translation TR Translation
UT University Teaching UT University Teaching

Part 1: Types of Qualifications and Conditions Applicable to the Occupational Group Qualification Standards

Types of Qualifications

The following types of qualifications are recognized:

Keep in mind that there is no requirement that every type of qualification mentioned above be used in the Statement of Merit Criteria.

Each type of qualification is defined below. Part 2 of this section prescribes specific qualification standards that apply to certain occupational groups.

Education refers to academic, vocational, or technical studies and training acknowledged through a credential or other official documentation from, or accepted by a recognized Canadian educational institution. Formal training from federal government departments or organizations, agencies, or other institutions considered appropriate by the manager of the position being staffed is also acceptable. Specific standards with respect to Education exist for certain groups and levels. Alternatives to Education may also be applicable for certain groups. Applicable education standards and alternatives are outlined below.

Knowledge refers to the awareness and understanding of facts, theories, systems, practices, regulations and other information.

Experience refers to the past practice of activities that provided an opportunity for the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills/abilities relevant to the work to be performed in a job. Experience may be expressed in terms of its relevance, depth and breadth or other aspects as they relate to the duties and responsibilities involved.

Occupational certification. Unless otherwise provided for by the Employer in these standards or in amendments to these standards, Occupational Certification refers to the possession of, or eligibility for, credentials such as a license, certificate, registration, letter, paper(s) or other documents that constitute acceptable evidence of occupational competence. These credentials are granted by an organization legally established by federal, provincial or territorial law as a certifying or licensing body in Canada having the authority to regulate the practice of a profession, trade or act. Certain standards with respect to Occupational Certification exist for specific groups and levels. These are prescribed in Part 2 of this section.

Official language proficiency. In accordance with Treasury Board policy, all positions are to be identified as being either bilingual or unilingual. Unilingual positions must be specified as either English essential, French essential, or English or French essential. See Section 3 for further information.

Abilities / Skills refer to what a person can do. For the purpose of these Qualification Standards, these two terms may be used interchangeably. This type of qualification encompasses a wide variety of different abilities/skills, including psychomotor or physical abilities such as typing, operating machinery, and various strength requirements. Abilities/skills could be considered as competencies.

Specific standards with respect to Abilities/Skills exist for certain groups. These are prescribed in Part 2 of this section.

Aptitudes refer to what a person can learn to do given training or exposure to the appropriate environment. In other words, Aptitudes refer to the potential or capacity to acquire new abilities/skills. Specific standards with respect to Aptitudes exist for certain groups. These are prescribed in Part 2 of this section.

Personal suitability refers to the personal traits, characteristics, or attributes that affect the performance of one's duties. Personal Suitability includes a wide range of motivations and attitudes relevant to effective work behaviour such as stress tolerance, resourcefulness, and flexibility. These could also be considered as competencies.

Conditions Applicable to the Occupational Group Qualification Standards

Education
  1. While the employer (OCHRO on behalf of the Treasury Board) is responsible for establishing and maintaining the qualification standards, the Public Service Commission is responsible for assessment and, in this capacity, prescribes or approves tests that are referred to in the Occupational Group Qualification Standards.
  2. The term "acceptable" refers to acceptability for a position as determined by the manager unless otherwise regulated by the employer (OCHRO on behalf of the Treasury Board).
  3. The term "approved" when used in conjunction with “alternatives”, refers to acceptability as determined by the employer (OCHRO on behalf of the Treasury Board). The term "approved" when used in conjunction with “tests”, refers to acceptability as determined by the Public Service Commission.
  4. Unless otherwise defined by the employer (OCHRO on behalf of the Treasury Board), a "recognized" university is a Canadian university that has provincial or territorial degree-granting status.
    Unless it is otherwise specified (e.g., Master's degree), the term "degree" refers to a baccalaureate as established by educational authorities.
    Equivalencies granted by the Canadian provincial authorities with respect to Applied (Bachelor's) Degrees by colleges and technical institutes (i.e. in Ontario, British-Columbia, Alberta & Manitoba) must always be accepted as equivalent to Bachelor Degrees granted by universities in the provinces concerned.
  5. The other levels of education mentioned in this document refer to the education levels established by Canadian provincial and territorial authorities. Equivalencies granted by provincial and territorial authorities, (e.g., General Education Development (GED) which is a secondary school equivalent), must always be accepted as equivalent to the respective education level.
    In provinces or territories where secondary school completion comprises 12 years of schooling, two years of secondary school correspond (for the purposes of these Occupational Group Qualification Standards) to ten years of schooling (normally grade 10). In provinces or territories where secondary school completion comprises 11 years of schooling, two years of secondary school correspond (for the purposes of these Occupational Group Qualification Standards) to nine years of schooling (normally grade 9 or "secondaire III").
  6. For the purposes of these standards, the term "specialization" refers to an acceptable number of courses in a particular field of study.
    1. For the Architecture, Engineering and Land Survey (NR), Research (RE), Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) , University Teaching (UT) Groups, and for portions of the Financial Management Group (i.e., FI-2 and above positions), Human Resources Management Group (i.e., PE positions) and Health Services Group (i.e., ND, NU, PS and SW positions), the courses for a specialization must have been taken in university but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.
    2. For all other groups that require a university degree as a minimum, the courses for a specialization may have been taken in university but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization. The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.
Alternatives to Education

Alternatives to education may be used at the manager's discretion except for certain occupational groups as prescribed below.

When used, the alternative(s) must be specified on the Statement of Merit Criteria.

EMPLOYER-APPROVED ALTERNATIVES TO TWO YEARS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL
  1. a satisfactory score on the PSC test approved as an alternative to two years of secondary school; or
  2. an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

APPLICATION SPECIFIC only to the Program and Administrative Services (PA) Group:

  1. Whenever a position in the Program and Administrative Services Group calls for two years of secondary school (i.e., CR, CM, DA, OE & ST positions), the candidates who have already met this requirement by one of the following methods must always be accepted as having met the prescribed two years of secondary school requirement:
    • candidates who have achieved a satisfactory score on the PSC test approved as an alternative for two years of secondary school; and,
    • candidates who have been appointed or deployed for an indeterminate period to a position in the Program and Administrative Services Group.
  2. The opportunity to be assessed by at least one of the two employer-approved alternatives (1 and/or 2) listed above must be offered to candidates who have not previously met the two years of secondary school requirement.
EMPLOYER-APPROVED ALTERNATIVES TO A SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA
  1. a satisfactory score on the PSC test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or
  2. an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

APPLICATION SPECIFIC to the following groups:

Air Traffic Control (AI), Aircraft Operations (AO), Correctional Services (CX), Electronics (EL), Radio Operations (RO), Ships' Officers (SO) and Technical Services (TC) Groups, and portions of the following groups:

Education and Library Science Group (i.e., EU positions), Audit, Commerce and Purchasing Group (i.e., CO & PG positions), Human Resources Management (i.e. OM positions) and Program and Administrative Services Group (i.e., AS, PM, WP & OM (Forms Design) positions).

  1. Whenever a position in one of the groups listed above requires a secondary school diploma (except for Canadian Coast Guard Officer Cadet positions in the Ships' Officers (SO) Group), candidates who meet the following criteria must always be accepted as meeting the prescribed secondary school diploma requirement:
    • a satisfactory score on the PSC test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; and,
    • those who were appointed or deployed on an indeterminate basis to a position in the pre-1999 occupational group as the position being staffed.
  2. The opportunity to be assessed by at least one of the two employer-approved alternatives to a secondary school diploma (1 and/or 2) listed above must be offered to candidates who have not previously met the secondary school diploma requirement.
  3. Candidates who were appointed or deployed on an indeterminate basis to one of the groups listed above via an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience meet the secondary school requirement for that legacy occupational group only. They must be reassessed for entry to other pre-1999 occupational groups on the basis of this alternative.

APPLICATION SPECIFIC to the Border Services (FB) Group:

  1. Whenever a position in the Border Services (FB) Group requires a secondary school diploma, candidates who meet the following criteria must always be accepted as meeting the prescribed secondary school diploma requirement for the FB Group only:
    • those who were converted on an indeterminate basis to a Border Services (FB) position; or
    • those who were appointed or deployed on an indeterminate basis to a Border Services (FB) position and already have attained a satisfactory score on the PSC approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or
    • those who were appointed or deployed on an indeterminate basis to a Border Services (FB) position via an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.
EMPLOYER-APPROVED ALTERNATIVE TO POST-SECONDARY TRAINING

The employer-approved alternative to post-secondary training (i.e., community college, CEGEP, or university education) is:

  • an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience. (Not applicable to the Financial Management Group Level 1 positions.)

When a post-secondary education qualification has been met through a combination of education, training and/or experience, it is met for the specific position only (except as provided for Tourism Officers in the Foreign Service (FS) Group) and must be re-assessed for other positions for which this alternative has been specified by the manager.

EMPLOYER-APPROVED ALTERNATIVES TO UNIVERSITY GRADUATION

Alternatives to university graduation do not apply to positions allocated to the Law (LA), Architecture, Engineering and Land Survey (NR), Research (RE), Health Services (SH), Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP), University Teaching (UT) Groups, and for portions of the Audit, Commerce and Purchasing Group (i.e. AU positions), Education and Library Science Group (i.e. ED and LS positions), Economics and Social Science Services Group (i.e. Part A) and Financial Management Groups (i.e. FI-2 and above positions). Exceptions are prescribed for postgraduate degrees in the Research (RE) Group and the University Teaching (UT) Group.

For those occupational groups that do allow an alternative to university graduation, the employer-approved alternatives are:

  1. a satisfactory score on the PSC test approved as an alternative to university graduation (not applicable to TR Group, portions of HM Group (i.e. PE positions) and portions of PA Group (i.e. IS positions)), or
  2. an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

When a university graduation qualification has been met through achievement of a satisfactory score on the PSC test, it is met for any position for which this alternative has been specified by the manager.

When a university graduation qualification has been met through a combination of education, training and/or experience, it is met for the specific position only and must be re-assessed for other positions for which this alternative has been specified by the manager. Exceptions occur for Tourism Officers in the Foreign Service (FS) Group and for portion of the PA Group (i.e. IS & TR).

Acquired Rights

For staffing purposes, indeterminate incumbents of positions in the pre-1999 occupational groups listed below who did not, on the dates listed below, possess the minimum formal education prescribed for their respective group, are deemed to meet the university graduation requirement prescribed for that group. However, the type and degree of competence they acquired may be assessed to determine whether or not they meet the specialization requirements established for other positions in their respective pre-1999 groups.

June 30, 1967

Indeterminate incumbents of positions in the following pre-1999 groups as of June 30, 1967 have acquired rights within the 1999 group structure.

  • Actuarial science
  • Architecture and Town Planning
  • Auditing
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering and Land Survey
  • Forestry
  • Historical Research
  • Library Science
  • Meteorology
  • Nutrition & Dietetics – formerly Home Economics group
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Scientific Regulation
  • University Teaching
  • Veterinary Medicine
July 28, 1975
  • Defence Scientific Services
June 30, 1977
  • Scientific Research, and
December 14, 1990

Employees of the National Research Council Space Division who were transferred to the EN-ENG subgroup upon the transfer of their positions to the Canadian Space Agency.

Acquired rights for other groups can be found under the qualification standards specific to each of these groups.

Occupational Certification
  1. The term "eligibility" for certification or membership in a professional association means that a candidate has met all academic and occupational requirements with respect to degrees, examinations, experience, etc. without having to have obtained or maintained actual registration, certification or membership.
  2. For some positions, a licence, or eligibility for a licence, to practice a profession in the province or territory of Canada where the duties are to be performed may be required.
  3. For some positions, a licence, or eligibility for a licence, to practice a profession in any province or territory of Canada may be required.

Part 2: Occupational Group Qualification Standards

Air Traffic Control (AI) Group Qualification Standards

Education
Trainees

The minimum standards are:

For selection to the Transport Canada Training Program:

For appointment to AI positions for the on-the-job training phase:

  • successful completion of a Transport Canada-approved Air Traffic Controller classroom and laboratory training program.
Controllers

The minimum standards for Airport, Area and Terminal Controller positions are:

  • successful completion of an air traffic control airport training program recognized by Transport Canada; or
  • successful completion of an air traffic control area/terminal training program recognized by Transport Canada.
Other Positions

The minimum standard for other positions is:

  • successful completion of air traffic services training recognized by Transport Canada.
Occupational Certification

The minimum standard for positions in the Air Traffic Control Group is:

  • possession of an Air Traffic Controller License.

NOTES:

  1. For selection purposes, the "license" referred to above does not include medical or unit endorsements.
  2. For the purpose of the initial appointment to an AI position, Transport Canada determines what constitutes the license referred to above.
Aptitudes

The minimum standard for positions in the Air Traffic Control (AI) Group used for ab initio trainees is:

  • successful performance on a PSC-approved aptitude test for selecting Air Traffic Control trainees.

Aircraft Operations (AO) Group Qualification Standards

Education

The minimum standard is:

And, for positions in the Engineering Test Pilots Sub-Group (AO-ETP):

  • graduation with a degree in engineering from a recognized university or eligibility for certification as a professional engineer in Canada; and
  • successful completion of an Engineering Test Pilot course recognized by Transport Canada.
Occupational Certification

The minimum standard for positions in the Engineering Test Pilots Sub-Group (AO-ETP) and the Civil Aviation inspection Sub-Group (AO-CAI) is:

  • possession of a valid Canadian Airline Transport Pilot License - Aeroplane Category with valid Group 1 Instrument Rating AND possession of a valid Restricted Radio-Telephone Operator Certificate (endorsed Aeronautical); or
  • possession of a valid Canadian Commercial Pilot License - Helicopter Category with a valid Group IV Instrument Rating AND possession of a valid Restricted Radio-Telephone Operator Certificate (endorsed Aeronautical).

The minimum standards for positions in the Helicopter Pilots and Supervisors Sub-Group (AO-HPS) are:

  • possession of a valid Canadian Commercial Pilot License - Helicopter Category AND possession of a valid Restricted Radio-Telephone Operator Certificate (endorsed Aeronautical)

Audit, Commerce and Purchasing (AV) Group

Auditing (AU) Qualification Standard

When staffing AU positions, the use of one of the following options is mandatory:

  1. Education
  2. Occupational Certification
  3. Education and Occupational Certification
  4. Education or Occupational Certification
Education

When education is required, the minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in accounting, business administration, commerce, finance or some other specialty relevant to the position.

NOTE:

When education is required, candidates must always have a university degree. The courses for the specialization do not necessarily have to be part of a degree program in the required specialization. The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

When occupational certification is required, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for a recognized professional accounting designation.

NOTE: The recognized professional accounting designations are the CA, RIA/CMA and CGA.

Commerce (CO) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

NOTE:

Acceptable experience and/or training in a field relevant to positions in the group is required when the education qualification specified for the position being staffed is a secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives.

Purchasing and Supply (PG) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

NOTE:

Acceptable experience and/or training in a field relevant to positions in the group is required when the education qualification specified for the position being staffed is a secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives.

Computer Systems (CS) Group Qualification Standard

(See FAQ)

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • successful completion of two years of an acceptable post-secondary educational program in computer science, information technology, information management or another specialty relevant to the position to be staffed

NOTES:

  1. Indeterminate period incumbents of positions in the CS group on May 10, 1999, who do not possess the education prescribed above are deemed to meet the minimum education standards based on their education, training and/or experience. They must be accepted as having met the minimum education standard whenever this standard is called for when staffing positions in the CS group.
  2. It is a recognized educational institution (e.g., community college, CÉGEP or university) that determines if the courses taken by a candidate correspond to two years of a post-secondary program at the institution.
  3. At the manager's discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience may serve as an alternative to the minimum post-secondary education stated above. Whenever the minimum education is met via this alternative, it is met for the specific position only and must be re-assessed for other positions for which this alternative has been specified by the manager.

Correctional Services (CX) Group Qualification Standard

Education

The minimum standard is:

Education and Library Science (EB) Group

Education (ED) Qualification Standard
Education

Education is prescribed for all Language Teaching (ED-LAT) and Education Services (ED-EDS) positions.

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in education, linguistics, sociology, psychology, mathematics, physics, home economics or some other specialty relevant to the positions in the group.

NOTE:

  1. Candidates must always have a university degree. The courses for the specialization do not necessarily have to be part of a degree program in the required specialization. The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

This standard is also applicable to Elementary and Secondary Teaching Sub-Group (ED-EST) positions for which the manager considers an education qualification necessary.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

Occupational certification is prescribed for Elementary and Secondary Teaching Sub-Group (ED-EST) positions for which the manager does not require an education qualification.

The minimum standard is:

  • possession of an acceptable teaching certificate from a province or territory of Canada.
Educational Support (EU) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Library Science (LS) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation from a recognized university with a master's degree in library science or in library and information science; or
  • graduation from a recognized university with a bachelor's degree in library science or in library and information science for which another bachelor's degree was a prerequisite.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Economics and Social Science Services (EC) Group

(See FAQ)

Education
Part A

For positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of Economics, Sociology or Statistics to the conduct of economic, socio-economic and sociological research, studies, forecasts and surveys; the research, analysis and evaluation of the economic or sociological effects of departmental or interdepartmental projects, programs and policies; the development, application, analysis and evaluation of statistical and survey methods and systems; and the development, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative information and socio-economic policies and recommendations,

The minimum standard is:

  • Graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in Economics, Sociology or Statistics.

Candidates must always have a university degree. The courses for the specialization do not necessarily have to be part of a degree program in the required specialization. The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Part B

For positions that are primarily involved in the conduct of surveys, studies and projects in the social sciences; the identification, description and organization of archival, library, museum and gallery materials; the editing of legislation or the provision of advice on legal problems in specific fields,

The minimum standard is:

  • Successful completion of two years of a post-secondary school program with acceptable specialization in social science, statistics, library/archival work or a law-related field.

At the manager's discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, that is comparable to the minimum education stated above, may serve as an alternative. Whenever this minimum educational standard is met through an alternative, it is met only for the position being staffed, and a candidate must be re-assessed for future appointments and deployments where the manager has allowed for the use of this alternative.

NOTES:

  1. “Social science” includes economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, geography, criminology, and other disciplines associated with social science. “Library/archival work” includes gallery and museum type functions.
  2. The term "degree" refers to a baccalaureate or a higher level degree, as established by educational authorities.
  3. It is the recognized educational institution (e.g. community college, CÉGEP or university) that determines whether the courses taken by a candidate correspond to two years of a post-secondary program at that institution.
  4. An indeterminate incumbent of a former SI position who became an EC on June 22, 2009, who does not possess the minimum level of education as indicated in Part B above (i.e. the successful completion of two years of a post-secondary school program with acceptable specialization in social science, statistics, library/archival work or a law-related field), is deemed to meet this minimum educational standard based on his/her education, training and/or experience. He/she must be accepted as having met the minimum educational standard (indicated in Part B above) whenever this standard is called for when staffing EC positions. This note also applies to a person appointed or deployed for an indeterminate period to an EC position requiring two years of a post-secondary school program after that date as the result of a staffing transaction started before June 22, 2009.
  5. An indeterminate incumbent of a former ES position on June 30, 1967 who became an EC on June 22, 2009, who does not possess the minimum level of education as indicated in Part A above (i.e. graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in Economics, Sociology or Statistics), is deemed to meet this minimum educational standard based on his/her education, training and/or experience.

Electronics (EL) Group Qualification Standard

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • a secondary school diploma; AND
  • completion of an acceptable training program in electronics technology or the employer-approved alternative.

The Employer approved alternative is as follows:

  • an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

NOTE:

Normally, an acceptable training program in electronics technology involves the completion of two to three years of post-secondary study in this subject.

Executive (EX) Group Qualification Standard

Executive (EX) group qualification standard

Border Services (FB) Group Qualification Standard

(See FAQ)

Education

The minimum standard is:

Financial Management (FI) Group Qualification Standard

(See FAQ)

Level: FI-1
Education

The minimum standard for positions classified at the FI-1 level is:

  • successful completion of two years of a post-secondary program with specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics; or
  • possession of the Government of Canada Financial Management Certificate.

Additional information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Level: FI-2 and above

The minimum standard for positions classified at the FI-2 level and above is always met through either education or occupational certification.

Education

Graduation with a degree from a recognized university with specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics AND experience related to positions in the Financial Management Group.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education and Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Occupational Certification

Eligibility for a recognized professional accounting designation (i.e., CA, CMA or CGA).

NOTES:

  1. It is the recognized educational institution that determines if the courses taken by a candidate correspond to two years of a post-secondary program at that institution.
  2. The term "specialization" refers to a significant number of courses in a particular field of study as determined by the manager. These courses must have been taken in a recognized educational institution (for the FI-1 level) or university (for FI-2 and above) but not necessarily within a post-secondary or degree program in the required specialization (see Section 2, Part 1, Education).
  3. Indeterminate incumbents of FI positions and of positions at Indian Oil and Gas Canada and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions that are equivalent to FI Group positions on August 1st, 2004 who do not possess the education level prescribed above are entitled to the following grand-parenting provisions:
    1. Incumbents of FI-1 positions are deemed to meet the minimum education standard for the FI-1 level based on their education, training and/or experience. They must possess the formal education for appointment to higher levels.
    2. Incumbents of FI-2 or higher positions are deemed to meet the minimum education standard for those levels based on their education, training and/or experience.
    This note also applies to persons appointed or deployed, for an indeterminate period, to positions in the FI Group after that date as the result of staffing transactions started before August 1st, 2004.
    The positions at Indian Oil and Gas Canada and at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions that are equivalent to FI Group positions are those that meet the Treasury Board Group and Level definitions for the FI occupational group.
  4. The grand-parenting provisions in Notes 3(a) and 3(b) also apply to employees who were grand-parented as a result of the FI conversion on June 23rd, 1987. Employee entitlement to grand-parenting protection is based on their last classification level in the FI Group.

Foreign Services (FS) Group Qualification Standard

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in a field relevant to positions in the group; or
  • a secondary school diploma AND an acceptable combination of education, training and experience allowing for the competent performance, at the appropriate level, of duties assigned to foreign service officers.

NOTES:

  1. Typically, the following fields are considered relevant to positions in the FS Group: political, economic and commercial affairs; social affairs; development assistance; information and cultural affairs; consular affairs; tourism; and related administrative fields.
  2. Based on their education, training and experience, tourism officers who were converted into the FS Group effective April 1,1982 at the same time as the conversion of tourism program positions from the Commerce (CO) Group to the Foreign Service (FS) Group, meet the requirement for university graduation for future staffing actions at any level in the Foreign Service Group.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Knowledge, Abilities / Skills

The minimum standard for entry-level positions (i.e. FS-1) is:

  • satisfactory performance on a test approved by the PSC.

Human Resources Management (HM) Group

Organization and Methods (OM) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

NOTE:

Acceptable experience and/or training in a field relevant to OM positions is required when the education qualification specified for the position being staffed is a secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives.

Personnel Administration (PE) Qualification Standard

(See FAQ)

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in human resources management, labour or industrial relations, psychology, public or business administration, organizational development, education sciences, social sciences, sociology, or in any other field relevant to the work to be performed.

NOTES:

  1. Indeterminate incumbents of PE positions and of positions in the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and in Indian Oil and Gas Canada that are equivalent to PE positions on October 1, 1999, who do not possess the education level prescribed above, are deemed to meet the minimum education standard based on their education, training and/or experience. They must be accepted as having met the minimum education standard whenever this standard is called for when staffing PE positions and positions in the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and Indian Oil and Gas Canada that are equivalent to PE positions. This note also applies to persons appointed or deployed, for an indeterminate period, to PE positions after that date as the result of staffing transactions started before October 1, 1999.
    The positions in the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and in Indian Oil and Gas Canada that are equivalent to PE positions are those that meet the Treasury Board definition in the PE Classification Standard.
  2. The term "degree" refers to a baccalaureate or a higher level degree, as established by educational authorities.
  3. The term "specialization" refers to an acceptable number of courses in a particular field of study. These courses must have been taken in university, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization (see Section 2, Part 1, Education).
  4. The term "acceptable" refers to acceptability for a position as determined by the manager.
  5. An acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, that is comparable with a university degree with specialization relevant to the work to be performed, may serve as an alternative to meet the minimum education standard stated above. Whenever the minimum education standard is met through this alternative, it is met only for the position being staffed, and candidates must be re-assessed for future appointments where the manager has decided to allow the use of this alternative.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Law Practitioner (LP) Group Qualification Standard

Education

For Articling Students (not yet eligible for membership in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec), the minimum standard is:

  • a Bachelor of Law Degree

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Occupational Certification

For all other positions in the LP Group, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for membership in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec.

Law Management (LC) Group Qualification Standard

Occupational Certification

For all positions in the LC Group, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for membership in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec.

And: Management Competencies noted below to be applied in accordance with the Key Leadership Competencies profile

Management Competencies
  • Values and Ethics - Serving through integrity and respect
  • Strategic thinking: analysis and ideas - Innovating through analysis and ideas
  • Engagement - Mobilizing people, organizations, partners
  • Management excellence: Action management, people management, financial management - Delivering through action management, people management, financial management

NOTES:

An indeterminate incumbent of a position in the LA Group who became a member of the LC Group on December 9th, 2010, is deemed to meet the minimum standard identified above based on their education, training and/or experience. They are deemed to meet the minimum standard for their substantive level only, as of December 9th, 2010. For future appointments or deployments at level, an indeterminate incumbent who was grand-parented under the LC conversion, will be considered to have met the minimum qualification standard. This note also applies to persons appointed or deployed, for an indeterminate period, to positions in the LC Group after the effective date of the LC conversion, through staffing transactions initiated before December 9th, 2010.

Architecture, Engineering and Land Survey (NR) Group

Architecture and Town Planning (AR) Qualification Standard
Architects

When staffing architect positions, the use of one of the following options is mandatory:

  1. Education
  2. Occupational Certification
  3. Education and Occupational Certification
  4. Education or Occupational Certification

Education

When education is required, the minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree in architecture from a recognized university.

When occupational certification is required, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for certification as a professional architect in Canada.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Landscape Architects and Town Planners

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in landscape architecture, or in urban planning, rural planning, community planning or some other specialty relevant to landscape architect and town planner positions.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Engineering and Land Survey (EN) Qualification Standard

When staffing EN positions, subject to the minimum occupational certification standard for certain supervisory positions in the Land Survey (EN-SUR) Sub-Group, the use of one of the following options is mandatory:

  • Education
  • Occupational Certification
  • Education and Occupational Certification
  • Education or Occupational Certification
Education

When education is required, the minimum standard is:

For Engineering (EN-ENG) Sub-Group positions:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, geological engineering, naval architecture or some other engineering specialty relevant to the duties of the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

For Land Survey (EN-SUR) Sub-Group positions:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in land survey theory and practice or other related field such as geomatics, geodetic sciences or remote sensing.

NOTE:

Education cannot be used alone when staffing certain supervisory positions in the Land Survey (EN-SUR) Sub-Group. For these positions, occupational certification is mandatory.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

When occupational certification is required, the minimum standard is:

For Engineering (EN-ENG) Sub-Group positions:

  • eligibility for certification as a professional engineer in Canada with specialization in an engineering specialty relevant to the position (some positions may require eligibility for certification as a professional engineer in Canada without regard for the field of specialization).

For Land Survey (EN-SUR) Sub-Group positions:

  • eligibility for a Land Surveyor Commission in Canada.

For Land Survey (EN-SUR) Sub-Group positions which supervise surveying on Canada Lands or on private lands in a territory, as defined in the Canada Lands Surveyors Act:

  • a licence with the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors as a Canada Lands Surveyor.

NOTE:

In accordance with Section 48 of the Canada Lands Surveyors Act, every person, who, as of June 11, 1998, held a commission granted under the Canada Lands Surveys Act is deemed to be a Canada Lands Surveyor who holds a commission granted under Section 49 of the Canada Lands Surveyors Act.

Program and Administrative Services (PA) Group

Administrative Services (AS) Qualification Standard

(See FAQ)

Education

The minimum standard is:

NOTE:

Acceptable experience and/or training in a field relevant to positions in the group is required when the education qualification specified for the position being staffed is a secondary school diploma or approved employer alternatives.

Clerical and Regulatory (CR) Qualification Standard
Communications (CM) Qualification Standard
Data Processing (DA) Qualification Standard
Office Equipment (OE) Qualification Standard
Secretarial, Stenographic, Typing (ST) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • successful completion of two years of secondary school or employer- approved alternatives (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).
Abilities / Skills

Managers will establish what constitutes an acceptable level of proficiency for keyboard operation, dictation and proofreading based on the duties and responsibilities of the position to be staffed.

Keyboard Operation

For positions where there is a requirement to operate keyboard office equipment (word processing equipment, data conversion and processing equipment, computer, etc.) the standard is:

  • an acceptable level of proficiency in operating the required equipment.

Dictation

For positions where there is a requirement to take dictation by manual or machine shorthand, the standard is:

  • an acceptable level of proficiency in shorthand in English or French (or English and French).

Proofreading

For positions that require the correction of errors in spelling and punctuation the standard is:

  • an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of grammar, spelling and punctuation in English or French, or English and French.

NOTES:

  1. Merely proofreading one's own typing work to ensure accurate copy is not sufficient to warrant the use of a grammar spelling and punctuation qualification.
  2. The PSC tests GSPAT/EOGEP or a review of the candidates' experience must be used to assess proficiency in the correction of errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation for some positions in the Program & Administrative Services Group (i.e., positions currently classified as CR, CM, DA, OE and ST).
Information Services (IS) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • a degree from a recognized university

NOTES:

  1. Incumbents of IS positions who do not possess the formal education prescribed are deemed to meet the university graduation standard based on their education, training and/or experience. They must be accepted as having met the minimum education standard whenever a bachelor's degree without any specialization is called for in a position classified as IS.
  2. For entry as an IS, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience may serve as an alternative to university graduation at the manager's discretion.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education)

Programme Administration (PM) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Police Operations Support (PO) Group Qualification Standard

Telecommunications Operations (PO-TCO) and Intercept Monitoring and Analysis (PO-IMA) Sub-Groups
Education

The minimum standard for positions in both sub-groups is:

Welfare Programmes (WP) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

NOTE:

Acceptable experience and/or training in a field relevant to WP positions is required when the education qualification specified for the position being staffed is a secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives.

Organization and Methods (OM) Qualification Standard (Forms Design)
Education

The minimum standard is:

NOTE:

Acceptable experience and/or training in a field relevant to OM positions is required when the education qualification specified for the position being staffed is a secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives.

Non-Supervisory Printing Services (PR(NON-S)) Group Qualification Standard

No specific qualification standards are prescribed for positions in this group, but any type of qualifications described in Section 2, Part 1 may be applicable to positions for which it is considered necessary.

The Ellis Chart (a comparative chart of apprentice training programs across Canada) may assist managers to establish education and/or occupational certification qualifications for positions for which they consider trades training necessary. The chart provides an inter-provincial overview of the 13 Canadian apprenticeship systems and is a key product that provides governments, industry and educational institutions with data on designated trades, more specifically on training, certification, education/entrance requirements and prior learning assessment and accreditation process. It is produced by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), which represents a partnership between the provincial, territorial and federal governments.

Education alternatives recognized by provinces/territories for access to their apprenticeship programs may be accepted for these groups.

Research (RE) Group

Defence Scientific Service (DS) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

For all positions classified as DS:

  • graduation with an acceptable degree from a recognized university with specialization in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, sociology or some other specialty relevant to the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

For positions at classification level 1:

  • graduation with a bachelor's degree from a recognized university with specialization in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, sociology or some other specialty relevant to the position.

For positions at classification level 2:

  • graduation with a master's degree from a recognized university with specialization in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, sociology or some other specialty relevant to the position; or graduation with a bachelor's degree from a recognized university with specialization in a field relevant to the position, coupled with acceptable experience.

For positions at classification level 3:

  • graduation with a doctoral degree from a recognized university with specialization in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, sociology or some other specialty relevant to the position; or graduation with a master's or bachelor's degree with specialization in a field relevant to the position, coupled with acceptable experience.
Historical Research (HR) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in history, history of art, anthropology or some other specialty relevant to the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Mathematics (MA) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with specialization in mathematics, statistics or operational research or with specialization in one of the physical, life or social sciences combined with an acceptable number of courses (normally 10 full courses/approximately 60 credits) in mathematics, statistics or operational research at the university level.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education and Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Scientific Research (SE) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized university in a field of the natural sciences related to the duties of the position, or the employer-approved alternative.

NOTE:

The employer-approved alternative is an acceptable master's or bachelor's degree coupled with acceptable research, training and experience. The degree must be from a recognized university and in scientific fields and specialties related to the duties of the position. The training and experience must clearly demonstrate the ability to do personal research of doctoral degree calibre.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Abilities / Skills

Productivity or Recognition is required for all positions in the Research Scientist Sub-Group (SE-RES) (Revised October 1, 1999).

“Productivity / Recognition” refers to recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from:

  1. research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems;
  2. operational research and scientific analysis;
  3. planning, analysis and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development.

“Productivity/Recognition” also includes developmental work leading to the issue of patents, copyrights, or the creation of improved varieties, functions, or designs, and/or recognition by the professional community of the research environment.

Radio Operations (RO) Group Qualification Standard

Education
Trainees

The minimum standards are:

For appointment to the Marine Communications and Traffic Services on-the-job training program:

  • successful completion of the Marine Communications and Traffic Services classroom training program.

For the appointment to other positions for on-the-job training programs in the Radio Operations Group:

  • successful completion of a Transport Canada-approved basic or basic short version classroom Radio Operations training program.
Non-operators

The minimum standard for the non-operating positions in the Marine Communications and Traffic Services is:

  • possession of a Marine Communications and Traffic Services Certificate or a Coast Guard Radio Operator Certificate or a Vessel Traffic Services Certificate or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Non-operating positions have no requirements to work at a communications/traffic console.

Operators

The minimum standard for operator positions in the Radio Operations Group other than those of the Marine Communications and Traffic Services is:

  • successful completion of a Transport Canada-approved Radio Operations training program.
Occupational Certification

The minimum standard for operating positions in the Marine Communications and Traffic Services is:

  • possession of a Marine Communications and Traffic Services Certificate or of a Coast Guard Radio Operator Certificate or a Vessel Traffic Services Certificate.
Aptitudes

The minimum standard for positions used for ab initio trainees is:

  • successful performance on a PSC-approved aptitude test.

Health Services (SH) Group

Dentistry (DE) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized school of dentistry.

In addition, for DE positions where the duties and responsibilities require it:

  • a diploma in dental public health.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

The minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for a licence recognized by the Canadian Dental Association to practice dentistry in a province or territory of Canada.
Medicine (MD) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized school of medicine.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Occupational Certification

The minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for a licence to practice medicine in a province or territory of Canada.

For the Medical Specialist (MD-MSP) Sub-Group, the minimum standard is:

  • certification in a medical specialty recognized by a statutory licensing body in Canada.
Nutrition and Dietetics (ND) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in nutrition, dietetics or home economics.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Nursing (NU) Qualification Standard
Occupational Certification

For all positions, except those in the Hospital Nursing (NU-HOS) Sub-Group requiring psychiatric nurse certification, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in a province or territory of Canada.

For those positions in the Hospital Nursing (NU-HOS) Sub-Group requiring psychiatric nurse certification, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for registration as a registered psychiatric nurse in a province or territory of Canada.
Education - IF REQUIRED

In cases where the work requires an education component that is higher than or in addition to what is normally acquired through the occupational certification, the minimum standard is:

For positions in the Hospital Nursing (NU-HOS), Community Health Nursing (NU-CHN) and Medical Adjudicator Nursing (NU-EMA) Sub-Groups:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in nursing, nursing service administration, nursing education or some other specialty relevant to the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

For positions in the Community Health Nursing (NU-CHN) Sub-Group:

  • successful completion of approved training in public health nursing or successful completion of approved training in obstetrics, mental health or some other specialty relevant to the position.

NOTES:

  1. An indeterminate incumbent of a position formerly classified as PM, who became a NU-EMA on (date of conversion to be determined), who does not meet the requirement for "eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in a province or territory of Canada", as indicated above, is deemed to meet this minimum standard for NU-EMA positions only, based on their education, training and/or experience. They must be accepted as having met the minimum standard whenever this standard is called for when staffing NU-EMA positions only. This note also applies to a person appointed or deployed for an indeterminate period to a NU-EMA position after (date of conversion to be determined) as the result of a staffing transaction started before (date of conversion to be determined).
Occupational and Physical Therapy (OP) Qualification Standard
Occupational Certification

The minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for acceptable registration or for a license to practice as a professional occupational therapist or physiotherapist in a province or territory of Canada.
Pharmacy (PH) Qualification Standard

When staffing PH positions, the use of one of the following options is mandatory:

  1. Education
  2. Occupational Certification
  3. Education and Occupational Certification
  4. Education or Occupational Certification
Education

When education is required, the minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized school of pharmacy.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

When occupational certification is required, the minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for registration as a pharmacist in a province or territory of Canada.
Psychology (PS) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a master's degree from a recognized university with specialization in personnel psychology, psychometrics, industrial psychology, clinical psychology or some other specialty relevant to the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Social Work (SW) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

For positions in the Chaplain (SW-CHA) Sub-Group:

  • possession of recognized theological qualifications to perform the duties of a chaplain;

NOTE:

These qualifications must be coupled with acceptable experience in pastoral work as an ordained minister, or priest, etc., as required for the position.

For positions in the Social Welfare (SW-SCW) Sub-Group:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in social work.

NOTE:

Social workers who were eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Social Workers prior to May 1, 1975 are recognized as having met the minimum education standard prescribed above.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education and Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Veterinary Medecine (VM) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation from a recognized school of veterinary medicine.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

The minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for membership in a Canadian veterinary association.

Ships' Officers (SO) Group Qualification Standard

Education

The minimum standards for positions for which there are no prescribed occupational certification requirements are:

For Canadian Coast Guard Officer Cadet positions:

  • a secondary school diploma, including courses specified by the Department;

For Supply and Logistic Officer (SO-MAO) positions:

For officer positions such as Electronics/Electrical Officers (SO-MAO), Electrical Officers (SO-MAO), Electronics Officers (SO-MAO), and Instructors (SO-INS):

  • successful completion of acceptable specialized training related to the position.

The minimum standard for officer positions for which occupational certification is required is:

  • the education necessary to obtain the Occupational Certification required for the position.

NOTE:

When education qualifications required by the position are different from those identified for the Occupational certification, these qualifications shall be reflected as “Education” on the Statement of Merit Criteria.

Occupational Certification

The minimum standards for most positions in the Ships' Officers (SO) Group are those prescribed by the Canada Shipping Act.

The following are examples of minimum occupational certification standards to be used as required by the position being staffed:

  • possession of a Certificate of Competency, Master Mariner;
  • possession of a Certificate of Competency, ON-11;
  • possession of a Certificate of Competency, Engineer Third Class, Motor;
  • possession of a Certificate of Competency, Engineer First Class, Motor.

The minimum occupational certification standards for Canadian Coast Guard positions are those prescribed by the Coast Guard Fleet Orders (CGFO).

The following are examples of Canadian Coast Guard minimum occupational certification standards:

  • possession of a Coast Guard Command Certificate or a Certificate of Competency, ON 1;
  • possession of a Certificate of Competency, First Mate Home Trade, or a Coast Guard Watchkeeping Certificate;
  • possession of a Certificate of Competency, Engineer First Class, Motor;
  • possession of a Coast Guard Second Class Certificate of Competency, Logistics.

The minimum occupational certification standard for Radio Officer positions (SO-RAD) is:

  • a Radio Operator Certificate.

The following is an example of a Radio Operator Occupational Certification standard:

  • possession of a Second Class Radio Operation Certificate.

Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) Group

Acturial Science (AC) Qualification Standard
Education

Education is prescribed only for positions classified at level 1.

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in mathematics; or
  • sixty (60) course credits from the Society of Actuaries.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

Occupational Certification is prescribed for positions classified at levels 2 and 3.

The minimum standard is:

  • eligibility for fellowship in the Canadian Institute of Actuaries
Agriculture (AG) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in agriculture or in a related science normally accepted for membership in a recognized society of agrologists.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education and Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education).

Biological Sciences (BI) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with specialization in a biological science; or

For multidisciplinary positions classified as BI:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Chemistry (CH) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with specialization in chemistry; or

For multidisciplinary positions classified as CH:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Forestry (FO) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree in forestry or wood science from a recognized university; or
  • graduation with a degree in a related science from a recognized university combined with acceptable experience.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Meteorology (MT) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in mathematics and physics or in meteorology.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Physical Sciences (PC) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Scientific Regulation (SG) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in microbiology, chemistry, mechanical engineering, pharmacy, food science, or some other specialty related to the position.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Occupational Certification

Occupational certification is prescribed for Patent Agent positions.

The minimum standard is:

  • registration with the Canadian Patent Office as a Patent Agent; or,
  • successful completion of examinations for registration with the Canadian Patent Office as a Patent Agent.

Ship Repair Chargehands and Production Surpervisors - East (SR(C)) Group
Ship Repair - East (SR(E)) Group
Ship Repair - West (SR(W)) Group
Operational Services (SV) Group

No specific qualification standards are prescribed for positions in these groups, but any type of qualifications described in Section 2, Part 1 may be applicable to positions for which it is considered necessary by the manager.

The Ellis Chart (a comparative chart of apprentice training programs across Canada) may assist managers to establish education and/or occupational certification qualifications for positions for which they consider trades training necessary. The chart provides an inter-provincial overview of the 13 Canadian apprenticeship systems and is a key product that provides governments, industry and educational institutions with data on designated trades, more specifically on training, certification, education/entrance requirements and prior learning assessment and accreditation process. The chart is produced by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), which represents a partnership between the provincial, territorial and federal governments.

Education alternatives recognized by provinces/territories for access to their apprenticeship programs may be accepted for positions in these groups.

Technical Services (TC) Group

Drafting and Illustration (DD) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Engineering and Scientific Support (EG) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

For Meteorological Technician entry-level positions:

  • successful completion of an Environment Canada-approved Meteorological Technician training program.

NOTE: See also the Selection Plan for Meteorological Technician trainees.

Aptitudes

The minimum standard for Meteorological Technician trainees is:

  • successful performance on a PSC-approved test for selecting candidates for Meteorological Technician training.

NOTE: See also the Selection Plan.

Selection plan for meteorological technician trainees

The process of selection is as follows:

STEP 1

Selection for classroom training at the Transport Canada Training Institute (TCTI):

  1. initial screening on education;
  2. successful performance on a PSC-approved test to select candidates for training as Meteorological Technicians;
  3. such other assessment methods as considered necessary to select candidates for training as Meteorological Technicians.

NOTE:

This first step in the process is for selection to training only. Successful candidates recruited from outside the federal public service will be given a training allowance, but trainees will not be appointed to classified Meteorological Technicians positions during this training period.

STEP 2

As a result of this selection and the successful completion of the training program, trainees will be considered qualified for entry-level positions and will be appointed as positions become available.

General Technical (GT) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Primary Products Inspection (PI) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Photography (PY) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Technical Inspection (TI) Qualification Standard
Education

The minimum standard is:

Translation (TR) Group Qualification Standard

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • a degree from a recognized university

NOTES:

  1. Based on their education, training and/or experience, incumbents of positions in the TR Group will be deemed to meet the above minimum standard.
  2. For entry to the group, an acceptable combination of post-secondary education, training and/or experience may serve as an alternative to a university degree at the manager's discretion.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education)

University Teaching (UT) Group Qualification Standard

Education

The minimum standard is:

  • graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in a field related to the duties of the position AND competence in teaching and/or research.

NOTE:

For positions requiring a master's or doctoral degree, the following alternatives may be accepted when combined with an acceptable bachelor's degree from a recognized university:

  • research or scholarly studies constituting a significant contribution to the discipline; or,
  • professional practice recognized for its high quality.

When the educational qualifications are met through one of the alternatives described above, they are met for the position in question only.

Additional Information (see Section 2, Part 1, Education, Section 2, Part 1, Alternatives to Education and Section 2, Part 1, Acquired Rights).

Section 3: Qualification Standards in Relation to Official Languages

Introduction

These qualification standards apply to positions requiring the use of both official languages – English and French. They define the levels of proficiency for each of the three language skills:

  • Written Comprehension in the Second Official Language
  • Written Expression in the Second Official Language
  • Oral Proficiency in the Second Official Language

There are two types of language qualifications for bilingual positions:

  • General second official language qualifications – A, B, or C
  • Specific language qualifications requiring Code P

Official language qualifications are identified objectively and are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position as it relates to communications with and services to the public and language of work.

The web-based tool, Determining the Linguistic Profile of Bilingual Positions, is available to help managers establish the linguistic profile of positions. A printable final report presents the profile and the functions associated with a particular position.

Application

These standards apply to all institutions subject to Schedules I and IV of the Financial Administration Act.

Related Requirements

Institutions also apply the following requirements:

General Second Official Languages Qualifications

Second official language qualifications and proficiency levels are identified objectively and are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position as it relates to communications with and services to the public and language of work.

Tests used to assess proficiency levels for general second language qualifications – A, B, or C – in written comprehension, written expression and oral proficiency are prescribed by the Public Service Commission.

These tests and standards apply to all occupational groups.

There are three levels of proficiency for general second official language qualifications:

  • A (lowest)
  • B
  • C (highest)

They are cumulative:

Level A B C
Can accomplish:

Tasks at level A

Tasks at level A
Tasks at level B
Tasks at level A
Tasks at level B
Tasks at level C

When a skill is not required, a dash ("-") is used in the linguistic profile instead of a proficiency level.

There are also two additional possible language test results: X and E.

Individuals obtaining an X are demonstrating that their performance does not meet the minimum requirements for Level A for this ability.

Individuals obtaining an E are exempted indefinitely from further language testing for this ability. It is granted to persons whose second language test performance indicates that they can be expected to maintain their second language proficiency at Level C indefinitely.

An exemption is not a proficiency level and is not listed in the linguistic profile of bilingual positions.

Written Comprehension in the Second Official Language, Proficiency Level A

Standard Description

Level A is the minimum level of second language ability in written comprehension for positions that require comprehension of texts on topics of limited scope.

A person reading at this level can:

  • fully understand very simple texts;
  • grasp the main idea of texts about familiar topics; and
  • read and understand elementary points of information such as dates, numbers, or names from relatively more complex texts to perform routine job-related tasks.

A person at this level would not be expected to read and understand detailed information.

Examples
A person at this level can read:
  • internal communications
  • letters
  • email messages
  • routine forms (e.g., requisitions, invoices)
  • very simple texts
In order to:
  • file
  • distribute
  • pick out specific units of information (e.g., dates, numbers, names)
  • process routine requests (e.g., requisitions, work orders, invoices)
  • fully understand very simple texts
  • understand the general idea regarding familiar, work-related topics
  • carry out routine, simple actions (e.g., understand photocopying instructions, order office supplies, read a meeting agenda)

Written Comprehension in the Second Official Language, Proficiency Level B

Standard Description

Level B is the minimum level of second language ability in written comprehension for positions that require comprehension of most descriptive or factual material on work-related topics.

A person reading at this level can:

  • grasp the main idea of most work-related texts;
  • identify specific details; and
  • distinguish main from subsidiary ideas.

A person at this level will have difficulty reading texts using complex grammar and less common vocabulary.

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the activities of level A and can also read work-related:
  • reference materials
  • reports
  • articles
  • notices
In order to:
  • extract information or specific details required for the job
  • understand the general idea of the content
  • verify that the content is factually correct when the text was prepared by others

Written Comprehension in the Second Official Language, Proficiency Level C

Standard Description

Level C is the level of second language ability in written comprehension for positions that require comprehension of texts dealing with a wide variety of work-related topics.

A person reading at this level can:

  • understand most complex details, inferences and fine points of meaning; and
  • have a good comprehension of specialized or less familiar material.

A person at this level may miss some seldom-used expressions and have some difficulty with very complex grammatical structures.

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the activities at levels A and B and can also read work-related:
  • policy papers
  • research papers
  • technical reports
  • books
  • complex contracts or specifications
  • legislation or regulations
In order to:
  • ensure completeness and accuracy
  • extract details for action or interpretation
  • review for meaning and tone when it was prepared by others
  • obtain an in-depth understanding of the content
  • assess implications
  • provide comments
  • make recommendations

Written Expression in the Second Official Language, Proficiency Level A

Standard Description

Level A is the minimum level of second language ability in written expression for positions that require writing simple units of information in the second language.

A person writing at this level can:

  • write isolated words, phrases, simple statements or questions on very familiar topics using words of time, place or person.

A person at this level is expected to make errors of grammar, vocabulary and spelling. These errors are acceptable as long as the message is understandable.

Examples
A person at this level can write:
  • isolated words
  • simple phrases
  • simple messages
  • lists (e.g., items, names, activities)
  • titles or subject headings
  • brief notes
In order to:
  • fill out a form or report related to one's duties
  • note simple point-form messages
  • complete an index or table of contents
  • request and provide simple information
  • use templates in familiar situations

Written Expression in the Second Official Language, Proficiency Level B

Standard Description

Level B is the minimum level of second language ability in written expression for positions that require writing short descriptive or factual texts in the second language.

A person writing at this level can:

  • deal with explicit information on work-related topics since they have sufficient mastery of grammar and vocabulary.

A person at this level will communicate the basic information, but the text will require some corrections in grammar and vocabulary as well as revision for style.

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the activities of level A and can also write work-related:
  • short, routine messages
  • short texts
  • short descriptions
  • brief comments
  • simple, factual correspondence or directives
In order to:
  • adapt templates by adding a few words or slightly modifying the content
  • request or provide information, explanations or instructions
  • explain or request that action be taken
  • formulate observations
  • present conclusions
  • summarize a text or meeting in point or note form

Written Expression in the Second Official Language, Proficiency Level C

Standard Description

Level C is the level of second language ability in written expression for positions that require writing explanations or descriptions in a variety of informal and formal work-related situations.

A person writing at this level can:

  • write texts where ideas are developed and presented in a coherent manner.

A person at this level will use vocabulary, grammar and spelling that are generally appropriate and require few corrections. A person at this level can also modify or correct texts to improve meaning, tone, clarity and conciseness

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the activities at levels A and B and can also write work-related:
  • correspondence
  • briefing notes
  • memoranda
  • reports
  • recommendations
  • research papers
  • comprehensive summaries
  • detailed presentations
In order to:
  • provide or request detailed facts and reasons
  • provide information or comment on contentious issues

Oral Proficiency in the Second Official Language - Level A

Standard Description

Level A is the minimum level of second language ability in oral proficiency for positions that require simple and repetitive use of the second language in routine work situations.

A person speaking at this level can:

  • ask and answer simple questions;
  • give simple instructions;
  • give uncomplicated directions relating to routine work situations.

Persons at this level make many errors and have deficiencies in grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency, which may interfere with the clarity of the message. Since they may have problems understanding speech spoken at a normal rate, repetitions by others may be required for them to understand what is being said.

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the following activities:
  • ask and answer simple questions about names, addresses, dates, times or numbers
  • make requests to colleagues or other employees and respond to such requests about simple and uncomplicated matters
  • give and follow simple directions and instructions
  • provide short, repetitive answers or information
  • exchange common courtesies (e.g., thank you, you're welcome, have a nice day)

Oral Proficiency in the Second Official Language - Level B

Standard Description

Level B is the minimum level of second language oral proficiency for positions that require departure from routine use of the second language.

A person speaking at this level can:

  • sustain a conversation on concrete topics;
  • report on actions taken;
  • give straightforward instructions to employees;
  • provide factual descriptions and explanations.

A person at this level may have deficiencies in grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency that do not seriously interfere with communication.

A person at this level would have a limited ability to deal with situations involving hypothetical ideas.

A person at this level should not be expected to cope with situations that are sensitive or that require the understanding or expression of subtle or abstract ideas.

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the activities of level A and can also:
  • give and follow straightforward instructions or explanations about how work is to be done, what information is needed and what steps or alternatives are to be followed
  • give factual accounts of actions taken or events that have occurred
  • handle requests for routine information from other employees or members of the public, either by telephone or in face-to-face conversations (e.g., about such things as services, publications, or staffing actions)
  • take part in departmental or interdepartmental meetings regarding factual, concrete and non-routine topics, and/or informal meetings or work sessions
  • deliver presentations on concrete topics, and answer factual follow-up questions
  • answer the telephone, understand simple requests, redirect calls as appropriate, and/or explain to others how to complete a form

Oral Proficiency in the Second Official Language - Level C

Standard Description

Level C is the level of second language oral proficiency for positions that require handling sensitive situations where the understanding and expression of subtle, abstract, or complicated ideas are required or where unfamiliar work-related topics must be dealt with.

A person speaking at this level can:

  • support opinions; and
  • understand and express hypothetical and conditional ideas.

A person at this level will not have the ease and fluency of a native speaker and may have deficiencies in pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. These deficiencies rarely interfere with communication.

Examples
A person at this level can carry out the activities at levels A and B and can also:
  • give and understand explanations and descriptions involving complicated details, hypothetical questions, or complex and abstract ideas
  • give and understand detailed accounts of events, actions taken, or procedures to be followed
  • discuss or explain policies, procedures, regulations, programs and services relating to an area of work
  • deal with situations requiring persuasion/negotiation and complex arguments, and/or the seamless exchange of ideas in both official languages
  • deliver presentations on complex topics, and answer follow-up questions and/or conduct training sessions
  • counsel and give advice to employees or clients on sensitive or complex issues
  • participate as a member of a selection board, interview board, or assessment team as an integral part of the job functions

Technical or Specialized Language Skills – Code P

General

  • Code P is for bilingual positions requiring the use of technical or specialized official language skills.
  • These skills are normally acquired through specialized training or experience.
  • Code P is not necessarily a second official language requirement. For example:
    • If a position requires the editing of texts written in French, Code P would be required for reading and writing in French, and therefore it would be:
      • a first language requirement for candidates whose first official language is French; and
      • a second language requirement for candidates whose first official language is English.
  • There are five categories of technical or specialized language skills:
    1. Dictatyping and dictation
    2. Professional writing
    3. Editing
    4. Translation and interpretation
    5. Teaching and testing
  • The table below lists specific and detailed technical or specialized language skills for each category.
  • To satisfy the requirements of the Qualification Standards, code P is restricted to these or similar skills.
  • The specific skill or proficiency itself should be identified as “Essential Qualifications” on the Statement of Merit Criteria.

Linguistic Profile

  • A "P" in the linguistic profile indicates which language (English and/or French) and which language abilities (written comprehension, written expression and/or oral proficiency) require the technical or specialized language skills.
  • Code P supersedes any general second official language qualification and is used instead of levels A, B, or C for that particular ability.

Imperative Staffing

  • The Public Service Official Languages Exclusion Approval Order specifies that, regardless of their first official language, all candidates must satisfy all qualifications designated by code P in order to be qualified for a position. Imperative staffing is therefore required for any qualifications designated by code P.

Language Training

Imperative staffing requires applicants to meet the position's linguistic requirements. Language training is not offered following an imperative staffing action.

Language Testing

  • The Second Language Evaluation (SLE) tests prescribed by the Public Service Commission are not used to evaluate code P qualifications.
  • Departments and managers are responsible for identifying and developing the appropriate assessment tool to assess Code P.

Evaluation of Language Skills

  • The second language evaluation (SLE) tests prescribed by the Public Service Commission are not used to evaluate skills requiring the use of code P.
  • Institutions and managers are responsible for identifying and developing the necessary evaluation tools for code P.
  • The P result is not transferable from one position to another.

Table: Specific technical or specialized language skills and corresponding use of code P in the linguistic profile

How to use the table:

  1. identify the category
  2. identify the specific technical or specialized language skill
  3. identify the ability requiring code P
  4. determine in which language the code P skill is required
1. Dictatyping and Dictation

A typing qualification alone, without proofreading, does not require code P. Proofreading includes reading and correcting errors of all types, including errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (however, merely proofreading one's own typing work to ensure accurate copy is not sufficient to warrant the use of a grammar, spelling and punctuation qualification and the resultant use of the code P).

Specific skill Reading in English Writing in English Oral proficiency in English Reading in French Writing in French Oral proficiency in French
Typing text from a recording
both English and French P P P P P P
in English P P P      
in French       P P P
Taking dictation in using shorthand by machine
both English and French P P P P P P
in English P P P      
in French       P P P
Proofreading typed texts and correcting errors
in both English and French P P   P P  
in English P P        
in French       P P  
Typing documents and proofreading them
in both English and French P P   P P  
in English P P        
in French       P P  
2. Professional Writing
Specific skill Reading in English Writing in English Oral proficiency in English Reading in French Writing in French Oral proficiency in French
Writing articles, brochures, speeches, press releases, and other documents on technical or specialized topics
both English and French P P   P P  
in English P P        
in French       P P  
Revising and rewriting scientific and technical documents in terms of their literary presentation
both English and French P P   P P  
in English P P        
in French       P P  
3. Editing
Specific skill Reading in English Writing in English Oral proficiency in English Reading in French Writing in French Oral proficiency in French
Providing an editing service for technical or specialized texts, documents and publications
both English and French P P   P P  
in English P P        
in French       P P  
Ensuring the linguistic quality of technical or specialized texts, documents and publications
both English and French P P   P P  
in English P P        
in French       P P  
4. Translation and Interpretation
Specific skill Reading in English Writing in English Oral proficiency in English Reading in French Writing in French Oral proficiency in French
Translating selected texts
from both English to French and French to English P P   P P  
from English to French P     P P  
from French to English P P   P    
Checking the translation of texts to ensure that the linguistic quality corresponds to that of the originals
from both English to French and French to English P P   P P  
from English to French P     P P  
from French to English P P   P    
Reviewing bulletins, circulars, manuals and other documents prepared in both official languages to ensure equivalency
  P P   P P  
Conducting research in terminology and/or linguistics to determine the equivalency and correct usage of terms in both official languages
  P P   P P  
Simultaneously interpreting with no documents being read aloud
from both English to French and French to English     P     P
from English to French           P
from French to English     P      
Simultaneously interpreting with documents being read aloud
from both English to French and French to English P   P P   P
from English to French P         P
from French to English     P P    
5. Teaching and Testing
Specific skill Reading in English Writing in English Oral proficiency in English Reading in French Writing in French Oral proficiency in French
Teaching
both English and French as a second language P P P P P P
English as a second language P P P      
French as a second language       P P P
Providing pedagogical services to teachers and students
in both English and French P P P P P P
in English P P P      
in French       P P P
Designing and developing a program to teach
both English and French as a second language P P P P P P
English as a second language P P P      
French as a second language       P P P
Designing, developing, and scoring second language tests
in both English and French P P P P P P
in English P P P      
in French       P P P
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