The profession of caulking does not officially exist, it is neither in the dictionary nor in the professional texts devoted to the craft or DIY book; Moreover, the spelling correctors point out a fault on the word… without giving an alternative version.
It is a term that has developed in the popular language, which is often the initiator of new words. We also know how the verb of the street ends up being validated by linguists and finally entering the lexicon of the French academy.
Calfeutreur what skill is recognized?
One could call this window insulation specialist a “specialized building envelope sealing technician” … It’s a long time on a business card!
In general, any employee who works in the construction industry must obtain a competency card demonstrating who has the technical capabilities to perform the tasks related to his or her industry.
This competency card is obtained from the CCQ(Quebec Construction Commission).
Because the name caulker does not exist. On this document, he will be described as a “MAN-TO- or handyman.
Who is applying for this certificate of competency?
The employer is applying to the CCQ for a manoeuvring card. It must guarantee to the future employee that it will provide and declare a minimum of 150 hours for a period of 3 months.
The future card holder must have completed all the necessary training in occupational health and safety specific to the construction industry such as work at heights. Upgrades are required periodically.
The employer will then have to apply for a card renewal every 3 months as long as there is no pool opening (contingent) that will allow the employee to obtain the permanence of his competency card.
What status for this construction worker?
As soon as the employee gets his card permanently, he becomes a kind of free agent, although it was the employer who supported him to get his card and who paid all the costs.
Employees holding their competency cards must join a trade union centre of their choice.
“Maneuver” employees are subject to the construction decree specific to the “maneuver” trade; this requires the companies that employ them to pay them at the official rate in force (currently: $29.50/hour – November 2016) regardless of their level of competence or seniority.
Depending on whether they are assigned to RESIDENTIAL (single-family) or COMMERCIAL (all other buildings including condominium towers), its hourly rate and payroll taxes will vary.
The RBQ licence and impact on the cost of wages
For ALL renovations, the contractor must hold a proper licence (annual renewal) from the RBQ (Quebec Building Authority).
The contractor must report to the CCQ all hours subject to the construction decree for each trade. An employee earning $29.50/hour will ultimately cost his boss nearly $50.00/hour, including all payroll taxes, vacations, etc.
Unlike other construction occupations such as an electrician, the job of MAN-OEUVRE has no salary scale and skill (apprentice, companion, etc.). This has the effect, whether they are beginner labourers or very skilled old workers, they all have the same salary.
Becoming a caulker? What training?
This trade is currently being learned on the job and it is the entrepreneur who finances his training by introducing him to different aspects of the trade.
Anyone in possession of the famous man-free card can improvise caulk (but also)
All work done in this area for light residential construction. Light residential construction is carried out on buildings whose frame is not predominantly composed of steel beams and columns or reinforced concrete or substitutes for such materials. All work performed in this area for heavy residential construction. Heavy residential construction is carried out on buildings whose frame consists mainly of steel beams and columns or reinforced concrete or substitutes for such materials Ref: CCQ
With this vacuum or “artistic blur” in the industry, it is difficult for companies in good standing to compete with unscrupulous people who charge at a low price by not reporting their hours to either the CCQ or the CSST (about $10.00/$100.00 salary)
A status of the caulker is claimed by specialized companies.
The creation of the CALFEUTREUR trade would lead to the possibility of creating a professional caulking association that could advocate with the government (RBQ) for the regularization of this situation in the industry.
Good caulking specialists are difficult to recruit, when a company has formed a successful team, it must help them achieve their business, be happy and keep them.
This manual craft requires, in addition to the technical knowledge to acquire, an ability to achieve perfectly waterproof and aesthetic joints.