French Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Requirements
You must have the Advanced level on the French Language Oral Proficiency Scale in order to work in a designated bilingual position with the provincial government. Your level must be confirmed with an oral proficiency evaluation before you will be offered any designated bilingual position.
If you are granted a Provisional Appointment to a designated bilingual position at the Intermediate Plus level, you and your manager must co-sign a French Language Proficiency Attainment Agreement outlining the steps you are committed to follow to achieve an Advanced level within one year.
What language proficiency do I need for a non-designated position?
The minimum language requirement to be included on the provincial list of bilingual employees or to provide backup function to a designated bilingual position is Intermediate Plus on the French Language Oral Proficiency Scale. Language proficiency results are only valid for two years, unless you obtain the Advanced Plus or Superior level, which are exempt from future proficiency evaluations.
How can I get an oral proficiency assessment?
As a current employee, you may request a French oral proficiency interview through the Public Service Commission. Your interview can be conducted in person or over the telephone and will take about 20 minutes. A recording of your interview will be stored at the PSC for a two-year validation period.
How often will my oral proficiency be assessed?
As a bilingual employee, your language proficiency will be evaluated every two years until you achieve the Advanced Plus level; then you will be exempt from future oral proficiency testing. The Public Service Commission will notify you of your evaluation date.
How can I get the results of my oral proficiency assessment?
You will receive a certificate and rating summary following your assessment. A copy of your rating summary will also be forwarded to your supervisor and entered in PeopleSoft under Workplace Development: Licences and Certifications.
If you disagree with your proficiency rating, an independent evaluator may be consulted. You may request re-evaluation after six months.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
French Language Services
Public Service Commission
PO Box 2000
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown PE C1A 1N7
Telephone: (902) 368-4168
Fax: (902) 368-4383