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The Red Seal Program

Canadian Standard of Excellence for Skilled Trades

Get the Credit You Deserve

Have you earned your QL5 in the Canadian Forces in one of the following military trades?

  • Construction Technician
  • Cook
  • Electrical Distribution Technician
  • Marine Electrician
  • Marine Engineering Technician
  • Material Technician
  • Plumbing and Heating Technician
  • Refrigeration and Mechanical Technician
  • Vehicle Technician

Take advantage of the opportunity to achieve a civilian credential with a Red Seal. The Red Seal Program and the Canadian Forces have identified select civilian and military trades that are very similar. Provincial and territorial certifying authorities can recognize the skills you have acquired and applied in the Forces for advanced standing towards civilian certification.

Red Seals are issued on provincial or territorial certificates upon successful completion of a Red Seal examination, based on standards and skills identified for the trade across Canada. Red Seals have been issued in the skilled trades for over fifty years in Canada and are the primary tool for mobility across Canada. The Red Seal is recognized by Canadian industry as the standard of excellence for the skilled trades and demonstrates that you have met the standard for the trade in Canada. A trade certificate with a Red Seal endorsement is valid for your entire career.

Contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority to guide you through the process of achieving a Red Seal. Be sure to show a copy of your CF Member's Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) indicating your QL5 achievement.

For more information on the Red Seal Program, visit www.red-seal.ca.

Apprenticeship Contact Information

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR:
Toll Free: 1-877-771-3737
www.aes.gov.nl.ca

NOVA SCOTIA:
Telephone: 902-424-5651
or Toll Free: 1-800-494-5651 (Nova Scotia only)
www.nsapprenticeship.ca

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND:
Telephone: 902-368-4460
www.apprenticeship.pe.ca

NEW BRUNSWICK:
Telephone: 506-453-2260
www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/post-secondary_education_training_and_labour.html

QUEBEC:
Telephone: (Toll Free) 1-866-393-0067
http://www4.gouv.qc.ca/FR/Portail/Citoyens/Evenements/carte-permis-certificat/Pages/certificat-qualification-interprovinciale-construction.aspx (site in French only)

ONTARIO:
Telephone: 647-847-3000
Toll Free: 1-855-299-0028
www.collegeoftrades.ca

MANITOBA:
Telephone: 204-945-3337
or Toll Free: 1-877-978-7233
www.manitoba.ca/tradescareers

SASKATCHEWAN:
Telephone: 306-787-2444
or Toll Free: 1-877-363-0536
www.saskapprenticeship.ca

ALBERTA:
Telephone: 780-427-8517 ext. 4
www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca

BRITISH COLUMBIA:
Telephone: 778-328-8700
Toll Free: 1-866-660-6011 (within British Columbia)
www.itabc.ca

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES:
Telephone: 867-873-7552
www.ece.gov.nt.ca

YUKON:
Telephone: 867-667-5298
Toll Free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5298
www.education.gov.yk.ca

NUNAVUT:
Telephone: 867-857-3050
www.edu.gov.nu.ca

ESDC / CANADA:
Telephone: (Toll Free) 1-877-599-6933
www.red-seal.ca

Canadian Defence Academy:
www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-prof-dev/cda.page

The Red Seal Program is administered in each province and territory by their apprenticeship authorities under the guidance of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).

The Red Seal Program is a partnership between the Government of Canada, the provinces and the territories.

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