Established in the 1950s, the Red Seal Program is Canada’s standard of excellence for skilled trades. The program is a partnership between the federal, provincial and territorial governments and is administered in each province and territory under the guidance of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA). The Red Seal endorsement provides evidence that a tradesperson has met the Canadian standard of skills and knowledge required in his/her trade. The Red Seal examinations are used to determine whether apprentices and tradespersons meet the Canadian standard in 57 trades. Currently more than 622,851 tradespeople in Canada have attained a Red Seal endorsement.
THE RED SEAL IS CANADA’S STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR SKILLED TRADES.
Total Number of Red Seal Endorsements Issued by Province/Territory
|Provinces and Territories||Since Inception||2014**|
|8||Newfoundland and Labrador||21,228||744||606||138|
|9||Prince Edward Island||3,999||138||94||44|
*Nunavut began issuing Red Seal endorsements on its own certificates during the 2001 calendar year.
** Calendar year
Note: The first Red Seal endorsements were issued in 1959 to apprentices that successfully completed the interprovincial examination in the trade now known as Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint).
Fast Facts: Red Seal Program
- Established to develop occupational standards in the 1950s.
- 622,851 Red Seal endorsements issued since inception of examinations in 1959.
- 479,654 Red Seal endorsements issued to Apprentices since inception.
- 143,197 Red Seal endorsements issued to Trade Qualifiers since inception.
- 52% increase of Red Seals issued in the last 10 years (from 2005 to 2014).
- 30% increase of Red Seals issued in the last year (from 2013 to 2014).
- Over 212,000 Red Seals issued in the last 10 years.
- 57 designated Red Seal Trades.
- At the end of 2012, apprentices in Red Seal trades represented 77% of all registered apprentices in Canada.
- 47,486 Red Seal examinations written in 2014.
- 26,936 Apprentices wrote Red Seal examinations in 2014 (78% pass rate).
- 11,555 Trade Qualifiers wrote Red Seal examinations in 2014 (62% pass rate).
- 28,111 Red Seal examinations completed successfully in 2014 (59% pass rate).
- 27,439 Red Seals issued in 2014.
- Top 5 Red Seal trades in 2014:
- Construction Electrician
- Automotive Service Technician
- In 2014, the Red Seal Secretariat responded to more than 2,000 e-mails and approximately 750 telephone messages through the Red Seal Info Line. The Red Seal Program’s website received approximately 345,000 visitors, resulting in almost 1,870,000 page views.
- Nunavut joined the program in 1999 and Quebec joined it in 1971. All other jurisdictions have participated since 1952.
Top 10 Red Seal Trades by Number of Red Seal Endorsements Issued in 2014
|4||Automotive Service Technician||2,099|
|6||Truck and Transport Mechanic||1,394|
|7||Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)||1,303|
|8||Heavy Duty Equipment Technician||1,238|
Number of Red Seals Issued by Year
- 2005 - 17,694
- 2006 - 20,386
- 2007 - 21,087
- 2008 - 23,187
- 2009 - 24,584
- 2010 - 26,536
- 2011 - 25,187
- 2012 - 24,974
- 2013 - 21,175
- 2014 - 27,439
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