C-26, r. 307 - Regulation respecting standards for recognizing a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence for the issue of a permit by the Ordre professionnel des urbanistes du Québec

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chapter C-26, r. 307
Regulation respecting standards for recognizing a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence for the issue of a permit by the Ordre professionnel des urbanistes du Québec
TOWN PLANNERS — PROFESSIONAL CODE — STANDARDS FOR EQUIVALENCE
Professional Code
(chapter C-26, s. 93, par. c).
C-26
September 1 2012
1. The secretary of the Ordre professionnel des urbanistes du Québec shall send a copy of this Regulation to a candidate who wishes to have either a diploma issued by an educational institution located outside Québec, or training, recognized as equivalent.
In this Regulation, “diploma equivalence” means recognition by the board of directors of the Order that a diploma issued by an educational institution outside Québec is equivalent, in terms of knowledge acquired by its holder, to a diploma recognized as meeting the requirements for a permit.
In this Regulation, “training equivalence” means recognition by the board of directors of the Order that a candidate’s training has enabled him to acquire knowledge equivalent to knowledge acquired by the holder of a diploma recognized as meeting the requirements for a permit.
O.C. 676-94, s. 1.
2. A candidate who applies for a diploma equivalence or for a training equivalence shall provide the secretary with the following documents in support of his application and with the costs for examination of his application, as provided for in paragraph 8 of section 86.0.1 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26):
(1)  his academic record, with a description of the courses taken and the calendars for the years in which he took them;
(2)  a copy, certified true by the educational institution, of any diploma obtained;
(3)  where applicable, an attestation of his participation in a period of training and a description thereof;
(4)  an attestation and a description of his relevant work experience; and
(5)  a list of his publications.
O.C. 676-94, s. 2.
3. Documents submitted in support of an application for a diploma equivalence or for a training equivalence and drawn up in a language other than French or English shall be accompanied by a French or English translation attested to by a sworn declaration made by the person who did the translation.
O.C. 676-94, s. 3.
4. The secretary shall send the documents prescribed in section 2 to the committee formed by the board of directors to examine applications for a diploma equivalence or for a training equivalence and shall make an appropriate recommendation.
At the first meeting following the date of receipt of that recommendation, the board of directors shall, in accordance with this Regulation, decide whether to recognize a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence and shall inform the candidate in writing within 30 days following its decision.
O.C. 676-94, s. 4.
5. Subject to section 6, a candidate who holds a diploma issued by an educational institution located outside Québec shall be granted a diploma equivalence where he obtained the diploma upon completion of at least 90 credits of undergraduate studies or at least 60 credits of graduate studies.
O.C. 676-94, s. 5.
6. The studies shall cover the following subject areas, with no single subject area necessarily being covered in a separate course:
(1)  explanatory theories and methods for analyzing urban and rural space;
(2)  planning methods and the problematics of development choices;
(3)  the drawing up of land use planning and development plans, urban zoning plans and plans of action;
(4)  the preparation of capital equipment projects and the evaluation of their effects on the surroundings;
(5)  methods for applying urban planning decisions and for setting up programs for development projets;
(6)  tools and techniques for spatial observation, interpretation and representation;
(7)  spatial analysis models and economic activity location models;
(8)  economic and financial analysis techniques;
(9)  statistical and forecasting techniques;
(10)  methods for optimizing community choices;
(11)  the history of urban planning and of urban production;
(12)  urban planning law and the laws of local and regional communities;
(13)  real estate practices and public land management;
(14)  the organization of public utilities and of capital equipment firms;
(15)  urban policies of governments and of communities;
(16)  environmental protection;
(17)  urban planning administration;
(18)  housing policies; and
(19)  transportation and traffic.
O.C. 676-94, s. 6.
7. Notwithstanding sections 5 and 6, where the diploma in respect of which a candidate has filed an application for a diploma equivalence was obtained 5 or more years prior to the date of the application, a diploma equivalence shall be denied where, because of developments in the profession, the knowledge acquired by the candidate during his studies no longer corresponds to the subject matter currently taught.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a diploma equivalence shall be granted where the candidate’s training and work experience since having obtained the diploma have enabled him to attain the required level of knowledge.
O.C. 676-94, s. 7.
8. Subject to section 9, a candidate shall be granted a training equivalence where he demonstrates that he has
(1)  knowledge equivalent to the knowledge acquired by the holder of a diploma recognized by the Government under the first paragraph of section 184 of the Code; and
(2)  at least 5 years’ relevant work experience, particularly in urban planning, regional planning or land use planning.
O.C. 676-94, s. 8.
9. In examining a candidate’s application for a training equivalence, the board of directors shall take into account
(1)  the nature and duration of his experience;
(2)  whether he holds one or more diplomas obtained in Québec or elsewhere;
(3)  the nature and content of the courses taken;
(4)  the periods of training completed; and
(5)  the total number of years of schooling.
O.C. 676-94, s. 9.
10. After examining the candidate’s application, the board of directors shall decide
(1)  that the candidate fulfils the requirements of this Regulation and shall be granted a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence;
(2)  that the candidate shall be granted a partial diploma equivalence or a partial training equivalence and shall, in order to obtain an attestation of equivalence,
(a)  pass an examination set by the board of directors; and/or
(b)  successfully complete a program of study in urban planning determined by the board of directors at a university authorized to issue a diploma recognized by the Government under the first paragraph of section 184 of the Code; or
(3)  that the candidate shall not be granted a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence.
O.C. 676-94, s. 10.
11. Within 30 days following a decision not to recognize a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence, the board of directors shall inform the candidate in writing and shall indicate to him the programs of study, training periods or examinations that he must successfully complete or pass in order to be granted the equivalence.
O.C. 676-94, s. 11.
12. Where a candidate is granted a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence or fulfils the conditions of paragraph 2 of section 10, the board of directors shall issue to him an attestation of equivalence that makes him eligible for the admission examination and for the period of training prescribed in the Règlement sur les conditions et modalités de délivrance du permis de l’Ordre professionnel des urbanistes du Québec (chapter C-26, r. 305).
O.C. 676-94, s. 12.
13. A candidate in respect of whom paragraph 2 or 3 of section 10 is applied may request that the board of directors hold a hearing, as long as he applies to the secretary in writing within 30 days following the mailing of the decision not to grant him a diploma equivalence or a training equivalence.
Within 60 days following the date of receipt of an application for a hearing, the board of directors shall hear the candidate and, where expedient, review its decision. At least 10 days prior to the date scheduled for the hearing, the secretary shall call the candidate to the hearing by sending him written notice by registered mail.
The decision of the board of directors is final and shall be sent to the candidate in writing within 30 days following the date of the hearing.
O.C. 676-94, s. 13; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP).
14. (Omitted).
O.C. 676-94, s. 14.
REFERENCES
O.C. 676-94, 1994 G.O. 2, 1936
S.Q. 2008, c. 11, s. 212