Haven't checked in here for a while, sorry for the late response on this.
I emailed the Ministere d'Education, Loisir & Sport about which locksmith courses are recognized by the province and would be considered valid when applying for the Private Security Act license. Their response simply pointed me to the following site:http://inforoutefpt.org
This site covers all vocational / trade education in Quebec. If you search for 'serrurier' (french word for 'locksmith') on there, it will turn up a page about available courses. Note, if you search for the english term 'locksmith' it doesn't turn up this result, probably just not updated as quickly.
The specifc page for 'Serrurier' is the following one:http://www2.inforoutefpt.org/guide/det_ ... &QRegion=0
In the upper right of that page there's a dark blue box with some drop down list boxes, the first of these listboxes contains all the schools that offer the course. One is near Quebec City. One is in La Prairie on the South Shore of Montreal.
So, since the Ministere d'Education, Loisir & Sport pointed me to this Info Route site, I can only assume that the courses listed on that site are the ones recognized by the government.
However, on the website for the 'Bureau de la sécurité privée' in the FAQ, under the 'Questions about Training' heading it has the following text:
for locksmith work, to hold a diploma of vocational studies in locksmithing or its equivalent recognized by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports;
The bit about 'equivalent recognized by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports' might allow some leeway, for example if someone from abroad arrived in the province, they might be able to get equivalency somehow.
That's about all I know about it at the moment. Hopefully this can help other folks trying to navigate through this.
As for the legality of having picks now, I'd really like to find out more. I guess if the the Canada Criminal Code requires everyone with picks to have a license AND Quebec is now issuing licenses THEN it's possible to be charged for possession of picks. Is the context / intent taking into account here? If for some reason the police had to visit my apartment and found my picks there, what kind of trouble would I be looking at (ignoring all legal fine points about them not having come with a warrant to specifically look for picks or whatever).
I don't intend on carrying them with me anywhwere and have no bad intentions whatsoever, but the idea of getting into serious legal trouble almost makes me want to just get rid of the picks on the off chance something would happen.
Anyone know about what the charge would be for possession of picks without a license, particularly for someone who has no previous criminal record or trouble with the law?