Construction Electrician - 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, 528 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 100 questions

Major Work Activity A - Performs common occupational skills - 11 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
3 questions
Task A-2 Uses tools and equipment
2 questions
Task A-3 Organizes work
2 questions
Task A-4 Fabricates and installs support components
2 questions
Task A-5 Commissions and decommissions electrical systems
2 questions
Task A-6 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
0 questions

Major Work Activity B - Installs, services and maintains generating, distribution and service systems - 29 questions

Task B-7 Installs, services and maintains consumer/supply services and metering equipment
5 questions
Task B-8 Installs, services and maintains protection devices
5 questions
Task B-9 Installs, services and maintains distribution equipment
4 questions
Task B-10 Installs, services and maintains power conditioning, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and surge suppression systems
1 questions
Task B-11 Installs, services and maintains bonding and grounding protection systems
5 questions
Task B-12 Installs, services and maintains power generation systems
2 questions
Task B-13 Installs, services and maintains renewable energy systems
2 questions
Task B-14 Installs, services and maintains high voltage systems
1 questions
Task B-15 Installs, services and maintains transformers
4 questions

Major Work Activity C - Installs, services and maintains wiring systems - 30 questions

Task C-16 Installs, services and maintains raceways, cables and enclosures
9 questions
Task C-17 Installs, services and maintains branch circuitry
8 questions
Task C-18 Installs, services and maintains heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
4 questions
Task C-19 Installs, services and maintains electric heating systems
5 questions
Task C-20 Installs, services and maintains exit and emergency lighting systems
3 questions
Task C-21. Installs, services and maintains cathodic protection systems
1 questions

Major Work Activity D - Installs, services and maintains motors and control systems - 20 questions

Task D-22 Installs, services and maintains motor starters and controls
8 questions
Task D-23 Installs, services and maintains drives
3 questions
Task D-24 Installs, services and maintains motors
6 questions
Task D-25 Installs, programs, services and maintains automated control systems
3 questions

Major Work Activity E - Installs, services and maintains signalling and communication systems - 10 questions

Task E-26 Installs, services and maintains signaling systems
4 questions
Task E-27 Installs, services and maintains communication systems
3 questions
Task E-28 Installs, services and maintains integrated control systems
3 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.