Automotive Refinishing Technician - 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, 716 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 120 questions*

Major Work Activity A – Performs common occupational skills - 20 questions

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

Major Work Activity B – Performs preparation - 50 questions

Task B-5 Prepares surface
32 questions
Task B-6 Uses repair materials
18 questions

Major Work Activity C – Performs refinishing procedures - 50 questions

Task C-7 Prepares refinishing equipment
8 questions
Task C-8 Prepares refinishing materials
14 questions
Task C-9 Applies refinishing materials
20 questions
Task C-10 Performs post-refinishing functions
8 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.