Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic - 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, 446 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Major Work Activity A – Performs common occupational skills - 13 questions

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

Major Work Activity B – Performs routine trade activities - 19 questions

Task B-5 Performs work site preparation
5 questions
Task B-6 Performs trade activities
14 questions

Major Work Activity C – Plans installation - 18 questions

Task C-7 Plans installation of HVAC/R systems
11 questions
Task C-8 Plans installation of control systems
7 questions

Major Work Activity D – Performs installation - 26 questions

Task D-9 Installs HVAC/R systems
16 questions
Task D-10 Installs control systems
10 questions

Major Work Activity E – Performs commissioning - 21 questions

Task E-11 Commissions HVAC/R systems
13 questions
Task E-12 Commissions control systems
8 questions

Major Work Activity F – Performs maintenance and service - 28 questions

Task F-13 Maintains HVAC/R systems
8 questions
Task F-14 Services HVAC/R systems
11 questions
Task F-15 Maintains and services control systems
9 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.