Plumber - 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, 558 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Major Work Activity A – Performs common occupational skills - 15 questions

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

Major Work Activity B – Prepares and assembles pipe - 15 questions

B-6 Prepares pipe
6 questions
B-7 Joins tube, tubing and pipe
9 questions

Major Work Activity C – Installs, tests and services sewers, sewage treatment systems and drainage, waste and vent (dwv) systems - 30 questions

C-8 Installs, tests and services sewers
6 questions
C-9 Installs, tests and services sewage treatment systems
4 questions
C-10 Installs, tests and services interior drainage, waste and vent (DWV) systems
20 questions

Major Work Activity D – Installs, tests and services water service and distribution - 21 questions

D-11 Installs, tests and services water services
5 questions
D-12 Installs, tests and services potable water distribution systems
11 questions
D-13 Installs, tests and services pressure systems
5 questions

Major Work Activity E – Installs, tests and services fixtures, appliances and water treatment systems - 18 questions

E-14 Installs, tests and services plumbing fixtures and appliances
13 questions
E-15 Installs, tests and services water treatment equipment
5 questions

Major Work Activity F – Installs, tests and services low pressure steam and hydronic heating and cooling systems - 18 questions

F-16 Installs, tests and services low pressure steam systems
2 questions
F-17 Installs, tests and services hydronic heating and cooling piping systems
6 questions
F-18 Installs, tests and services hydronic heating and cooling generating systems
5 questions
F-19 Installs, tests and services hydronic system controls and transfer units
5 questions

Major Work Activity G – Installs, tests and services fire protection systems - 0 questions

G-20 Installs, tests and services flow-through fire protection systems (Not Common Core)
0 questions
G-21 Installs, tests and services standpipe systems (Not Common Core)
0 questions

Major Work Activity H – Installs, tests and services specialized plumbing systems - 8 questions

H-22 Installs, tests and services specialized systems
5 questions
H-23 Installs, tests and services process piping systems
3 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.