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Different types of training periods

Trainees may complete different types of training periods.

A workplace observation period consists of accompanying a worker to observe them in the performance of their duties.

A work placement consists of carrying out a real work activity, such as producing or distributing a good or providing a service.

Trainees may also complete:
•    a teaching training period to complete a course or training in a teaching program
•    a training period to learn a new task in a job
•    a refresher training period to further knowledge related to a task in a job
•    a refresher training period to take up a new position in a job

These trainees are covered by all the legislation enforced by the CNESST and they are protected in the event of a work accident (in French only) during the training period, under certain conditions.


An employer may also require a worker to serve a probationary period at the beginning of a job. In this case, it is not a training period and the worker is covered by all the provisions of the Loi sur les normes du travail and must be paid at least at the minimum wage rate.

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