What is The Red Seal Program?
Developed in 1952, the Interprovincial Red Seal Standards Program was created to introduce a common set of standards for trades training in Canada. A Red Seal Endorsement is available to tradespeople who meet the skills and qualifications determined by the provincial trades training authority. You can receive an endorsement by completing a provincial apprenticeship program, or you can apply to challenge the certification exam, based upon your previous work experience.
What is the Red Seal exam?
Theoretical exams consist of 100 – 150 multiple choice questions, based on specific aspects of your occupation. In some provinces, there are additional requirements, such as a practical exam. You are given 4 hours to complete the exam.
How can I be eligible to challenge the Red Seal exam?
If you have work experience in a designated Red Seal trade and you would like to apply as a trade qualifier, you must review the provincial requirements and submit an application to the provincial training authority.
Who administers the Red Seal Exam in my province?
Industry Training Authority
Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Ministry of Labour Development and Skills
Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ)
Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification
Prince Edward Island
Apprenticeship and Certification
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Newfoundland and Labrador
Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division
Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupation Certification Program
Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification
How much work experience do I need?
The amount of work experience required varies according to the requirements of the provincial training authority.
What is taught in your programs?
The content of all our Red Seal preparation programs is determined by the description of the occupation and the theoretical information is based on provincial trades training curriculums. This provides our students high quality materials and allows them to study important subjects/topics that are guaranteed to appear on the exam.
Why should I get a Red Seal endorsement?
Depending on your overall career goals, a Red Seal endorsement could result in a higher wage, a more senior position with your company, or help you immigrate to Canada.
Do I need a study permit to take this course?
No, this is a short 40 hour course and you are not required to attend any in-person classes.