The process for employers

Qualify and retain your experienced educators

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What is RAC96?

The RAC96 is a process of Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) in Early Childhood Care and Education offered in several CEGEPs in Quebec. It allows adults who have acquired experience, knowledge and skills in childhood education, to evaluate and have their skills officially recognized. This individual process takes place at the pace of each participant.

The idea at the heart of the RAC96 is to offer experienced unqualified personnel a favourable context for carrying out their progress and financial support of up to 96 hours of paid time, reimbursed to the employer within the framework of the workforce training measure for companies.

Are you eligible for the RAC96 project?

The educational childcare services eligible for RAC96 are:

  • Early childhood centers (CPE)
  • Subsidized or non-subsidized daycare centers holding a permit issued by the Ministry of the Family
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Experience many benefits

  • An increase in the ratio of qualified personnel in your establishment
  • Enhancement and loyalty of your workforce
  • Assurance of medium and long-term succession
  • The opportunity to take part in the development of the skills of your experienced staff and to be recognized as an employer of choice

Get financial support

Receive financial support of up to 96 hours paid at a fixed hourly rate of $25 for each employee in the RAC process.

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Attend information meetings on RAC96

To better support you, the RAC96 team is organizing several virtual meetings, presenting the project and the administrative procedures.

It is recommended that you attend a meeting to learn about the project before registering for the meeting on administrative procedures.

RAC96 information meetings and administrative procedures

The main stages of the process


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Step 1

Get informed

Learn the details of the RAC96 approach and share them with your employees.

Interested employees participate in an information session on RAC, offered by CEGEPs (mandatory and free meeting, in a CEGEP of the person's choice, and without obligation to continue the process afterwards).

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Step 2

(A) Submitting an application to the Cégep

Employees interested in pursuing the process prepare their application file and submit it to the CEGEP where they participated in an information session on RAC.

After analysis of the file, they are called to a validation interview to determine if they are eligible for the RAC process.

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Step 2

(B) Register on the project portal

At the same time, the employer registers on the project's web platform any employee who has submitted a CEGEP application file.

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Step 3

Progress in a RAC process until graduation

If the employee is admitted, they will then be evaluated by various means: meetings with a content specialist, written assignments, design of a portfolio, observations in the workplace, etc.

If necessary, you may be asked to participate in missing training activities in order to pass the evaluations and thus meet the requirements for obtaining the diploma.

In partnership with their employer, the employee will plan their moments of release that will allow them to progress in his RAC process in the best conditions, and ideally during regular working hours.

This paid time of up to 96 hours will be reimbursed to the employer at the fixed rate of $25 per hour, for each employee in the RAC96 process.

Once the skills assessment is complete, the CEGEP will issue a diploma with the same value as one obtained through classroom or virtual training.

To visualize the steps in diagram : click here.

To visualize the steps in video : click here.

Ready to register your employee?

Before registering on the web portal, make sure your employee has submitted their application to the CEGEP where he/she participated in an information session on RAC. At the time of registration, you will need to have on hand several pieces of information about your employee.

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