Machinist - Exam Counselling Sheet

A Red Seal exam is based on the National Occupational Analysis for the trade. The analysis describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each National Occupational Analysis consists of blocks (main subject areas), each block is divided into tasks, and each task is divided into sub-tasks. Not all areas are tested on the Red Seal examination as the analysis identifies all tasks performed in the trade by apprentices, tradespersons and journeypersons.

To prepare for the Red Seal exam please use the National Occupational Analysis information below. View the National Occupational Analysis for more detailed information.

Number of questions for each Major Work Activity of the trade
Titles of Major Work Activities Number of questions on exam*
A - Common Occupational Skills 12
B - Bench Work 12
C - Drill Presses 11
D - Conventional Lathes 31
E - Conventional Milling Machines 32
F - Power Saws 8
G - Precision Grinding Machines 11
H - Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Tools 18
Total 135

For more information about examination preparation materials (textbooks, modules, etc.) contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.

*Number of questions on an interprovincial examination, assigned to assess each block of the analysis, as derived from the collective input from workers within the occupation across Canada.

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