Welder - 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, 450 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Block A – Common Occupational Skills - 24 questions

Task 1 - Maintains tools and equipment
4 questions
Task 2 - Uses access and material handling equipment
4 questions
Task 3 - Performs safety-related activities
5 questions
Task 4 - Organizes work
4 questions
Task 5 - Performs routine trade activities
7 questions

Block B – Fabrication and Preparation of Components for Welding - 25 questions

Task 6 - Performs layout
10 questions
Task 7 - Fabricates components
15 questions

Block C – Cutting and Gouging - 21 questions

Task 8 - Uses tools and equipment for non-thermal cutting and grinding
5 questions
Task 9 - Uses oxy-fuel gas cutting (OFC) process for cutting and gouging
7 questions
Task 10 - Uses plasma arc cutting (PAC) process for cutting and gouging
5 questions
Task 11 - Uses air carbon arc cutting (CAC-A) process for cutting and gouging
4 questions

Block D – Welding Processes - 55 questions

Task 12 - Welds using shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process
18 questions
Task 13 - Welds using flux cored arc welding (FCAW), metal cored arc welding (MCAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) processes
21 questions
Task 14 - Welds using gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process
12 questions
Task 15 - Welds using submerged arc welding (SAW) process
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.