Oil Heat System Technician - 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, 891 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 110 questions

Block A - Common occupational skills - 7 questions

Task 1 Uses tools and equipment
4 questions
Task 2 Organizes work
3 questions

Block B - Fuel supply and storage systems - 18 questions

Task 3 Installs fuel storage tanks
8 questions
Task 4 Installs fuel supply system
10 questions

Block C - Oil-fired heating systems - 27 questions

Task 5 Installs and retrofits oil-fired and wood/oil appliances and components
5 questions
Task 6 Installs forced-air heating systems
9 questions
Task 7 Installs hydronic heating systems
13 questions

Block D - Venting, combustion and make-up air - 17 questions

Task 8 Selects venting system
9 questions
Task 9 Installs equipment and components for combustion air and make-up air
8 questions

Block E - Electrical/electronic sytems - 21 questions

Task 10 Installs electrical and electronic systems
10 questions
Task 11Tests electrical and electronic systems
11 questions

Block F - Mainteance, diagnosis, repair and removal - 20 questions

Task 12 Maintains oil-fired heating systems and components
4 questions
Task 13 Diagnoses oil-fired heating systems and components
8 questions
Task 14 Repairs oil-fired heating systems and components
6 questions
Task 15 Removes appliances and components
2 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.