Roofer - 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, 874 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Block A - Common occupational skills - 17 questions

Task 1 Performs safety related functions
5 questions
Task 2 Maintains and uses tools and equipment
5 questions
Task 3 Performs common work practices and procedures
7 questions

Block B - Roof preparation - 21 questions

Task 4 Prepares roof for replacement
12 questions
Task 5 Prepares deck for roof installation
9 questions

Block C - Low slope and flat roofing - 39 questions

Task 6 Applies roofing components
18 questions
Task 7 Applies membranes
21 questions

Block D - Shingles, tiles and pre-formed metal roofing - 19 questions

Task 8 Performs common steep slope practices
5 questions
Task 9 Applies shingles
7 questions
Task 10 Applies roof tiles
3 questions
Task 11 Applies pre-formed metal roofing
4 questions

Block E - Waterproofing and damp-proofing - 11 questions

Task 12 Waterproofs surfaces
7 questions
Task 13 Damp-proofs surfaces
4 questions

Block F - Roof maintenance and repair - 18 questions

Task 14 Assesses roof condition
7 questions
Task 15 Maintains and repairs roof
11 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.