Information for Employers

Are you an employer of a skilled trades workforce? This page is a guide to key information for employers on the Red Seal website. It also contains links to helpful partner websites.

Why Hire Red Seal Tradespersons?

The Red Seal is the national standard of excellence for the skilled trades in Canada and helps employers identify employees who were certified according to this standard.

Red Seal Trades

Consult the 56 Red Seal trades and find other key, trade-specific information

Financial Support

Learn about the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.

Red Seal Standards

The National Occupational Analysis (NOA) sets the standard for each Red Seal trade.

Designation Criteria

Find out the steps and criteria for designating a trade as Red Seal.

Awards and Recognition

Nominate an individual from industry in Canada for outstanding achievement in the development and promotion of apprenticeship training in Canada.

Hire an Apprentice

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum offers these resources for employers:

Hiring Foreign Workers

There are many resources on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Register an Apprentice

Register your apprentice with your provincial or territorial apprenticeship and certification authority.

Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)

The RSE acronym can only be used by journeypersons who have obtained a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification and Apprenticeship. Journeypersons without a Red Seal endorsement are not eligible to use this acronym.

Training Resources

For employers and journeypersons:

Many schools and industry associations offer “Train the Trainer” and mentoring programs that help prepare those who train apprentices.

For apprentices:

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