Tilesetter - 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, 704 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 100 questions

Block A - Occupational skills - 12 questions

Task 1 Performs safety-related functions
4 questions
Task 2 Uses and maintains tools and equipment
4 questions
Task 3 Organizes work
4 questions

Block B - Substrate preparation - 15 questions

Task 4 Removes existing finishes
4 questions
Task 5 Evaluates and prepares surface
7 questions
Task 6 Installs specialty products
4 questions

Block C - Layouts - 21 questions

Task 7 Lays out work area
16 questions
Task 8 Evaluates joints
5 questions

Block D - Material preparation - 14 questions

Task 9 Inspects materials
3 questions
Task 10 Prepares material for installation
6 questions
Task 11 Mixes materials
5 questions

Block E - Material setting - 24 questions

Task 12 Installs tiles
13 questions
Task 13 Installs stone slabs
7 questions
Task 14 Pours terrazzo mixture
4 questions

Block F - Finishing - 14 questions

Task 15 Finishes installed product
9 questions
Task 16 Finishes terrazzo and stone
5 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.