Concrete Finisher - 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, 895 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 100 questions*

Major Work Activity A – Performs common occupational skills - 14 questions

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

Major Work Activity B – Performs sit preparation - 9 questions

Task B-5 Prepares site
5 questions
Task B-6 Uses formwork
4 questions

Major Work Activity C – Places and levels concrete - 18 questions

Task C-7 Places concrete
8 questions
Task C-8 Levels concrete
10 questions

Major Work Activity D – Finishes plastic concrete - 25 questions

Task D-9 Floats concrete
6 questions
Task D-10 Hand-tools concrete
6 questions
Task D-11 Trowels concrete
7 questions
Task D-12 Applies surface treatments to concrete
6 questions

Major Work Activity E – Cures and protects concrete - 15 questions

Task E-13 Cures concrete
5 questions
Task E-14 Creates contraction joints
6 questions
Task E-15 Protects concrete
4 questions

Major Work Activity F – Modifies and repairs concrete and performs grouting - 19 questions

Task F-16 Repairs and restores concrete
7 questions
Task F-17 Applies surface treatments to hardened concrete
5 questions
Task F-18 Grouts
5 questions
Task F -19 Performs cutting and coring
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.