Information for Foreign Workers

Are you a skilled tradesperson who was trained outside of Canada? If you have the right experience and qualifications, you may be eligible to write the Red Seal examination. This page provides quick links to help you get your skills assessed, prepare for the Red Seal examination, and find key immigration websites. You can also use the top menu to find your way around the Red Seal website.

The Red Seal

The Red Seal is the national standard of excellence for the skilled trades in Canada. It provides a competitive hiring advantage and mobility to work across Canada.

Get Your Qualifications Assessed

The provinces and territories certify tradespersons and assess foreign qualifications. Contact the apprenticeship and certification authorities in the province or territory where you plan to live or work.

Red Seal Trades

Read an overview of your trade and find other key information to help you get your Red Seal endorsement.

Red Seal Standards

Find out what you need to know and be able to do to obtain a Red Seal endorsement in your trade. Everything is outlined in your trade’s National Occupational Analysis (NOA).

Register for the Red Seal Examination

Register with the apprenticeship and certification authorities in the province or territory where you plan to live or work.

Examination and Language Workshops

When you register, ask about examination preparation workshops and English or French language training.

Essential Skills

Do you have the right level of essential skills needed for your Red Seal trade? Use these tools to develop essential skills like reading and math.


Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to find out how to immigrate and how to prepare for living and working in Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program helps workers with qualifications in certain high-demand trades immigrate to Canada.

Provincial Nominee Program

If you have skills that are in high demand, a province or territory may be able to nominate you for settlement within their jurisdiction.

Look for Jobs in Canada

This section of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website provides tips on finding work in Canada. The Red Seal Program is not an employment agency and cannot help you with finding a job in Canada.

Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)

Once you become a qualified skilled journeyperson and have obtained your Red Seal endorsement by passing the Red Seal examination in your chosen trade, you can start using the RSE acronym after your name as an easy way to reflect your qualifications!

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