Automotive Service 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, 577 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Major Work Activity A – Performs Common Occupational Skills - 8 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
3 questions
Task A-2 Uses tools, equipment and documentation
4 questions
Task A-3 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
1 questions

Major Work Activity B – Diagnoses And Repairs Engine And Engine Support Systems - 24 questions

Task B-4 Diagnoses engine systems
4 questions
Task B-5 Repairs engine systems
4 questions
Task B-6 Diagnoses gasoline engine support systems
6 questions
Task B-7 Repairs gasoline engine support systems
5 questions
Task B-8 Diagnoses diesel engine support systems
3 questions
Task B-9 Repairs diesel engine support systems
2 questions

Major Work Activity C – Diagnoses And Repairs Vehicle Module Communications Systems - 12 questions

Task C-10 Diagnoses vehicle networking systems
8 questions
Task C-11 Repairs vehicle networking systems
4 questions

Major Work Activity D – Diagnoses And Repairs Driveline Systems - 18 questions

Task D-12 Diagnoses driveline systems
11 questions
Task D-13 Repairs driveline systems
7 questions

Major Work Activity E – Diagnoses And Repairs Electrical And Comfort Control Systems - 21 questions

Task E-14 Diagnoses electrical systems and components
9 questions
Task E-15 Repairs electrical systems and components
4 questions
Task E-16 Diagnoses heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and comfort control systems
5 questions
Task E-17 Repairs HVAC and comfort control systems
3 questions

Major Work Activity F – Diagnoses And Repairs Steering And Suspension, Braking, Control Systems, Tires, Hubs And Wheel Bearings - 26 questions

Task F-18 Diagnoses steering and suspension, braking, control systems, tires, wheels, hubs and wheel bearings
15 questions
Task F-19 Repairs steering and suspension, braking, control systems, tires, wheels, hubs and wheel bearings
11 questions

Major Work Activity G – Diagnoses And Repairs Restraint Systems, Body Components, Accessories And Trim - 10 questions

Task G-20 Diagnoses restraint systems, body components, accessories and trim
6 questions
Task G-21 Repairs restraint systems, body components, accessories and trim
4 questions

Major Work Activity H – Diagnoses And Repairs Hybrid And Electric Vehicles (Ev) - 6 questions

Task H-22 Diagnoses hybrid and EV
4 questions
Task H-23 Repairs hybrid and EV
2 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.