Boilermaker - 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, 921 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 120 questions

Major Work Activity A - Performs common occupational skills - 31 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
5 questions
Task A-2 Uses tools, equipment and work platforms
9 questions
Task A-3 Organizes work
6 questions
Task A-4 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
3 questions
Task A-5 Performs cutting and welding activities
8 questions

Major Work Activity B - Performs rigging and hoisting - 36 questions

Task B-6 Plans lift
11 questions
Task B-7 Rigs load
10 questions
Task B-8 Hoists load
10 questions
Task B-9 Performs post-lift activities
5 questions

Major Work Activity C - Completes new construction - 27 questions

Task C-10 Performs fabrication
10 questions
Task C-11 Assembles and fits vessels and components
10 questions
Task C-12 Fastens components
7 questions

Major Work Activity D - Peforms repairs, maintenance, upgrading and testing - 26 questions

Task D-13 Services vessels and components
17 questions
Task D-14 Removes vessels and components
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.