Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the standard, called the National Occupational Analysis for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Blocks, 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 National Occupational Analysis and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 745 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Block A - Occupational skills - 19 questions

Task 1 Maintains tools and equipment
3 questions
Task 2 Organizes work
7 questions
Task 3 Performs routine trade activities
9 questions

Block B - Framing - 40 questions

Task 4 Erects non-load bearing steel assemblies
22 questions
Task 5 Erects load-bearing steel assemblies
18 questions

Block C - Interior systems - 45 questions

Task 6 Installs wall systems and components
17 questions
Task 7 Installs ceiling systems
13 questions
Task 8 Installs access flooring systems
3 questions
Task 9 Installs sound barriers and lead radiation shielding
5 questions
Task 10 Installs smoke and fire barriers
7 questions

Block D - Exterior systems - 21 questions

Task 11 Installs insulation and membranes
10 questions
Task 12 Prepares surface for exterior finishes
7 questions
Task 13 Installs exterior finishes
4 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.