Level of education equivalent to a DCS

A level of education equivalent to a diploma of collegial studies (DCS) is one of the minimum qualifications required to apply for authorization to register for AMF examinations in the following sectors and their sector classes:

  • Damage insurance
  • Claims adjustment

You can apply for recognition of education if you do not hold a DCS or do not have the required training to apply for authorization to register for AMF examinations, but have completed courses as part of a recognized training program. The application for recognition of education allows you to be credited by the AMF for such training and to receive, if applicable, an attestation of studies equivalent to a DCS.

If you hold a DCS issued in a Canadian province other than Québec or you have successfully passed courses in a program of technical or university training in a Canadian province other than Québec, you may also obtain recognition for your level of education. To do so, you will need to submit an application for recognition of education to receive, if applicable, an attestation of a level of education equivalent to a DCS.

To apply for an attestation of a level of education equivalent to a DCS, you must hold at least one of the following:

  • A secondary school diploma (SSD) issued in Canada
  • A diploma of vocational studies (DVS) consisting of at least 60 units, issued in Québec
  • A Certificate of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (CESS) issued in Québec
  • An Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V Studies (AESS) issued in Québec
  • The Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec issued by the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion confirming a result similar to or higher than an SSD

The value attributed to this basic level of education is at least 11 years of studies. To compensate for the 13 years of education required to apply for authorization to register for AMF examinations, you must submit official transcripts attesting to other studies. When examining your file, the AMF will consider all other years of recognized training or education based on the system of reference (pdf - 58 KB)This link will open in a new window.

Official Documents

To obtain the official documents, consult the table of institutions with which you must communicate.
 

Submitting an Application or Review of Application for Recognition of Education Equivalent to Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) via AMF E-Services

The application or review of application for recognition of education equivalent to diploma of collegial studies (DCS) is available in the “Becoming a Professional” tab under “Equivalences of minimum qualifications.”

To complete your on-line application This link will open in a new window, you will need:

  • Your client number (10 digits)

  • An electronic copy of the official transcript confirming that you hold an SSD issued in Canada, a DVS consisting of at least 60 units, an AESS, a CESS issued in Québec or a comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion confirming a result similar to or higher than an SSD

  • An electronic copy of official transcripts of other studies in which one or more additional years of education can be added

  • An electronic copy of your valid proof of Canadian identity

  • If applicable, your American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit card

  • If applicable, the client number of the third party-payer

  • If applicable, the client number of the organization that is sponsoring you

  • If applicable, the client number or address of the third party to whom you would like the results of the analysis of your application to be disclosed

If you do not have an electronic copy of your supporting documents, you can mail in photocopies of these documents, together with your reply coupon or your application number. Ensure that you provide copies of all supporting documents related to your application, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

When the AMF receives your application, you will be sent a confirmation showing your application number and client number. You can check the status of your application in the “Client File” tab under “Follow up on applications/requests” in E-Services.

You must wait for the AMF’s written decision before applying for authorization to register for examinations.

Submitting an Application or Review of Application for Recognition of Education Equivalent to Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) if you are not registered for AMF E-Services

Using AMF E-Services will speed up your transactions with the AMF. To register for this service

If you are unable to register for AMF E-Services, you must: 

Ensure that you provide a copy of all supporting documents, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

You must wait for the AMF’s written decision before applying for authorization to register for examinations.

Attestation of Employment (3 years)

The attestation of three years of full-time employment is one of the requirements defined by the AMF to apply for authorization to register for AMF examinations in the following sectors and their related sector classes:

  • Damage insurance
  • Claims adjustment

You can apply for an attestation of full-time employment if you have at least three years of full-time employment experience and you hold one of the following:

  • A secondary school diploma (SSD) issued in Canada
  • A diploma of vocational studies (DVS) consisting of at least 60 units issued in Québec
  • A Certificate of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (CESS) issued in Québec
  • An Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V Studies (AESS) issued in Québec
  • A comparative evaluation issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion confirming a result similar to or higher than an SSD

To this basic education, the AMF adds one or more years of full-time employment or years spent as a full-time business owner, based on the system of reference for an attestation of employment (3 years) (pdf - 53 KB)This link will open in a new window.

The definition of one year of full-time employment is as follows: A minimum of 30 hours of work per week over a period of at least 10 months out of 12. These years of experience do not have to be consecutive.

Official Documents

To obtain the official documents, consult the table of institutions with which you must communicate.

Submitting an Application or Review of Application for Attestation of Employment (3 years) via AMF E-Services

The Application or Review of Application for Attestation of Employment (3 years) is available in the “Becoming a Professional” tab under “Equivalences of minimum qualifications.”

To complete your on-line application This link will open in a new window, you will need:

  • Your client number (10 digits)
  • An electronic copy of the official transcript confirming that you hold an SSD issued in Canada, a DVS consisting of at least 60 units, an AESS, a CESS issued in Québec or a comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion confirming a result similar to or higher than an SSD
  • An electronic copy of your valid proof of Canadian identity
  • If applicable, an attestation of guarantor (Appendix 1) for the employment you currently hold (must be signed by your employer, this attestation is not issued by Service Canada). To obtain this Appendix, you must print page 9 of the Application or Review of Application for Attestation of Employment (3 years) form.  
  • If applicable, an attestation of entrepreneur (Appendix 2) if you are currently an entrepreneur or were an entrepreneur in the past 10 years. To obtain this Appendix, you must print page 10 of the Application or Review of Application for Attestation of Employment (3 years) form. 
  • If applicable, a photocopy of your Record of Employment for each employment held in the past 10 years (issued by Service Canada This link will open in a new window)
  • If applicable, your American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit card
  • If applicable, the client number of the third-party payer
  • If applicable, the client number of the organization that is sponsoring you
  • If applicable, the client number or address of the third party to whom you would like the results of the analysis of your application to be disclosed

If you do not have an electronic copy of your supporting documents, you can mail in photocopies of these documents, together with your reply coupon or your application number. Ensure that you provide a copy of all supporting documents related to your application, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

When the AMF receives your application, you will be sent a confirmation showing your application number and client number. You can check the status of your application in the “Client File” tab under “Follow up on applications/requests” in E-Services.

You must wait for the AMF’s written decision before applying for authorization to register for examinations.

Submitting an Application or Review of Application for Attestation of Employment (3 years) if you are not registered for AMF E-Services

Using AMF E-Services will speed up your transactions with the AMF. To register for this service This link will open in a new window. If you are unable to register for AMF E-Services, you must:

Ensure that you provide a copy of all supporting documents, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

You must wait for the AMF’s written decision before applying for authorization to register for examinations.

Official documents Contact

Secondary studies

Official transcript before 1974

Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche du Québec

Québec city : 418 643-1761  
Montréal: 1 514 788-3325
Fax : 418 646-6909  

Secondary studies

Official transcript (SSD, AESS, CESS or DVS)

Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche du Québec

Québec city : 418 643-1761  
Montréal: 1 514 788-3325
Fax : 418 646-6909  

To find out about the rules for obtaining an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V Studies (AESS) or the Certificate of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (CESS), contact your school board This link will open in a new window.

Secondary studies

Official transcript of secondary studies issued in a Canadian province other than Québec

The department of education of the province where you obtained your secondary school diploma, or the secondary school you attended

College or university studies

Official college or university transcript

The college or university you attended in Canada

Studies outside Canada

Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion

Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion

Montréal: 514 864-9191
Toll-free: 1 877 864-9191