e-Blast: June 2015

A CCDA Year in Review: 2014 by the Numbers

June 4, 2015

The CCDA has recently published its 2014 Annual Review! This year, the CCDA has altered the format of its annual report. From now on, each year the CCDA will alternate between publishing a “CCDA by the numbers” review and a full report.

The 2014 CCDA Annual Review is focused on performance and is based on the core products of the Red Seal Program. This report primarily features statistical information.

Highlights in this year’s report include:

  • The number of Red Seal endorsements issued, examinations written and pass rates, and the top Red Seal trades for 2014.
  • Updates on the development of Red Seal products such as National Occupational Analyses, Interprovincial Program Guides and Examinations.
  • Pertinent statistics from the recently released 2012 Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS) data.

Read more about these highlights in the full report and please help us by sharing the 2014 CCDA Annual Review!

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Red Seal Program NEW Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) Acronym

June 1, 2015

A rectangular banner with small Red Seal trade names spread throughout the background. The center of the banner exhibits the Red Seal logo saying “Interprovincial Standard. Canada. Norme Interprovinciale”. To the left of the banner is an English statement of the RSE acronym that says “RSE. New Official Acronym: Red Seal Endorsement. A valuable accomplishment and a professional advantage. Add RSE after your name starting June 1st, 2015” and to the right is a French statement saying « MSR. Nouvel acronyme official: Mention Sceau Rouge. Un gage de réussite et un avantage professionnel. Dès le 1er juin 2015, ajoutez MSR après votre nom ».

The administrator of the Red Seal Program, the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), is pleased to announce the official recognition of the RSE” acronym (Red Seal Endorsement) for qualified skilled journeypersons! Members of prestigious professions and accredited groups are often identified by the use of an official acronym that confirms their certification and/or accreditation.

The CCDA believes that an officially recognized acronym for professionals in the trade industry provides qualified individuals with a way to easily reflect their qualifications while creating prestige for their credentials, in this case, the Red Seal endorsement. In most Canadian jurisdictions, as of today the RSE acronym can be used by journeypersons who have obtained a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial or territorial Certificates of Qualification and Apprenticeship by successfully completing a Red Seal examination. Anyone holding a Red Seal endorsement can begin using RSE on their business cards and promotional materials today.

The implementation of the RSE acronym meets the CCDA’s long-term vision for the Red Seal Program by continuing to raise the image of the skilled trades, to recognize the professionalism of the skilled trades and to recognize the standard of excellence offered by the Red Seal Program.

Look for the Canadian standard of excellence for skilled trades; look for the RSE.

If you have any questions, please contact the Red Seal Secretariat.

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