Floorcovering Installer - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the standard, called the National Occupational Analysis for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Blocks, 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 National Occupational Analysis and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 803 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 150 questions

Block A – Common occupational skills - 17 questions

Task 1 - Performs safety-related functions
5 questions
Task 2 - Assesses floor and jobsite conditions
6 questions
Task 3 - Organizes work
4 questions
Task 4 - Installs transitions, trims and wall bases
2 questions

Block B – Floor Preparation - 31 questions

Task 5 - Removes existing floorcovering and accessories
11 questions
Task 6 - Prepares substrate
20 questions

Block C – Carpet - 40 questions

Task 7 - Installs carpet
22 questions
Task 8 - Performs custom carpet procedures
11 questions
Task 9 - Installs artificial turf
0 questions
Task 10 - Services carpet installations
7 questions

Block D – Resilient Flooring - 42 questions

Task 11 - Installs resilient flooring
23 questions
Task 12 - Performs custom resilient flooring procedures
13 questions
Task 13 - Services resilient flooring installations
6 questions

Block E – Wood And Laminate Flooring - 20 questions

Task 14 - Installs pre-finished solid and engineered hardwood, and laminate flooring
9 questions
Task 15 - Installs custom wood and laminate flooring
7 questions
Task 16 - Services pre-finished solid and engineered hardwood, and laminate flooring
4 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.