Chemists research chemical substances to determine new uses and properties for conventional use.
The title of chemist is bestowed upon members accepted into the Ordre des chimistes du Québec [Order of Quebec Chemists] (OCQ) who maintain the professional standards of the discipline through their accreditation process.
The OCQ has various partners such as COMTECH, Desjardins, FCPC, Mardigrafe, LaPersonnelle, and many more. Many chemists working in environmental science, pharmaceuticals, and more are members of the OCQ. Being one of the professional orders recognized by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Profession], they are tasked with ensuring the general safety of the public by regulating the professional practice of chemistry through the revision of professional practices and review of any and all complaints made against their members.
Being a title in Quebec, professionals applying to this order need to be able to speak French with a professional proficiency. Furthermore, candidates are required to have a recognized university degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) in chemistry or have recognized equivalent training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the OCQ. An applicant can apply for one of three chemistry permits: full, training, or termporary. The costs to apply for these permits range between $266.74 and $718.59.
According to their website, this designation has an exclusive right to practice chemistry in Québec and is therefore aspiring chemists only options should they want to practice chemistry in Québec. This means members of this order will always be consulted for professional chemistry positions. Furthermore, its application process is simple and quite inexpensive based on the potential benefits gained from entering the order.