Insulator (Heat and Frost) - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the Red Seal Occupational Standard for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Major Work Activities, which are divided into Tasks, which are divided into sub-tasks.

The Red Seal exam has a certain number of questions assigned to these sections. The number of questions are provided below. For more information, see the full Red Seal Occupational Standard, and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 964 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 130 questions

Major Work Activity A - Performs routine occupational skills - 16 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
2 questions
Task A-2 Uses and maintains tools and equipment
3 questions
Task A-3 Organizes work
3 questions
Task A-4 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
2 questions
Task A-5 Performs routine trade practices
6 questions

Major Work Activity B - Performs industrial applications - 40 questions

Task B-6 Prepares for installation of insulation in industrial applications
8 questions
Task B-7 Insulates piping and fittings
17 questions
Task B-8 Insulates tanks, vessels and equipment
15 questions

Major Work Activity C - Performs commercial applications - 39 questions

Task C-9 Prepares for installation of insulation in commercial applications
5 questions
Task C-10 Insulates plumbing and mechanical piping systems
14 questions
Task C-11 Insulates mechanical ducting
11 questions
Task C-12 Insulates mechanical equipment
9 questions

Major Work Activity D - Performs applications common to industrial and commercial systems - 15 questions

Task D-13 Installs fire stop systems
5 questions
Task D-14 Insulates for soundproofing
2 questions
Task D-15 Installs removable covers
6 questions
Task D-16 Installs underground insulating systems
2 questions

Major Work Activity E - Performs specialized applications - 12 questions

Task E-17 Sprays sealers, coatings and spray-on insulation
3 questions
Task E-18 Installs fireproofing
2 questions
Task E-19 Installs insulation for refractory systems
3 questions
Task E-20 Installs insulation for cryogenic systems
4 questions
Task E-21 Insulates for marine applications (Not Common Core)
0 questions

Major Work Activity F - Performs asbestos , lead and mould abatement - 8 questions

Task F-22 Prepares for asbestos abatement
3 questions
Task F-23 Performs asbestos removal procedures
3 questions
Task F-24 Performs maintenance and repair
1 questions
Task F-25 Performs lead abatement and mould remediation
1 questions

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

*Number of questions assigned are derived from the input from people in this trade from across Canada.