What is an NOA?

The NOA (National Occupational Analysis) is a key document for each Red Seal trade. Here are three reasons why you should get to know the NOA for your trade:

  1. Each NOA sets the standard for a Red Seal trade.
  2. Red Seal examinations are based on NOA.
  3. Provincial and territorial apprenticeship training programs may also be built upon NOA.

Red Seal Video - NOA

In short, the NOA outlines everything that a tradesperson needs to know about their trade. This includes:

  • trade activities (tasks and sub-tasks)
  • skills and knowledge requirements
  • essential skills
  • safety information
  • trends affecting the trade
  • technical terms
  • names of tools and equipment
  • acronyms
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