Landscape Horticulturist - 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, 955 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 120 questions

Major Work Activity A – Performs common occupational skills - 23 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
5 questions
Task A-2 Uses tools, equipment and vehicles
6 questions
Task A-3 Organizes work
7 questions
Task A-4 Participates in marketing and sales
3 questions
Task A-5 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
2 questions

Major Work Activity B - Applies horticultural principles - 29 questions

Task B-6 Applies horticultural practices
18 questions
Task B-7 Applies environmental practices
11 questions

Major Work Activity C – Performs landscape construction - 40 questions

Task C-8 Performs pre-construction activities
10 questions
Task C-9 Installs hardscape
13 questions
Task C-10 Installs softscape
11 questions
Task C-11 Installs green infrastructure systems
6 questions

Major Work Activity D – Performs landscape maintenance - 28 questions

Task D-12 Maintains hardscape
9 questions
Task D-13 Maintains softscape
13 questions
Task D-14 Maintains green infrastructure
6 questions

Major Work Activity E – Works in production of plant material (NOT COMMON CORE) - 0 questions

Task E-15 Constructs growing facilities (Not Common Core)
0 questions
Task E-16 Operates and maintains growing facilities (Not Common Core)
0 questions
Task E-17 Manages greenhouse crops (Not Common Core)
0 questions
Task E-18 Manages nursery crops (Not Common Core)
0 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.