Ironworker (Generalist) - 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, 822 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 120 questions

Block A - Occupational skills - 15 questions

Task 1 Interprets occupational documentation
4 questions
Task 2 Communicates in the workplace
2 questions
Task 3 Uses and maintains tools and equipment
5 questions
Task 4 Organizes work
4 questions

Block B - Rigging and hoisting - 22 questions

Task 5 Selects rigging equipment
10 questions
Task 6 Uses hoisting and lifting equipment
12 questions

Block C - Cranes - 11 questions

Task 7 Selects, assembles and erects cranes and components
7 questions
Task 8 Disassembles cranes
4 questions

Block D - Reinforcing - 19 questions

Task 9 Fabricates on-site
6 questions
Task 10 Installs reinforcing material
13 questions

Block E - Pre-stresses/post-tensions - 8 questions

Task 11 Places pre-stressed/post-tensioning systems
4 questions
Task 12 Stresses tendons
3 questions
Task 13 Grouts tendons
1 questions

Block F - Erection, assembly and installation - 34 questions

Task 14 Installs primary and secondary structural members
17 questions
Task 15 Installs ornamental components and systems
9 questions
Task 16 Installs conveyors, machinery and equipment
8 questions

Block G - Maintenance and upgrading - 11 questions

Task 17 Repairs components
5 questions
Task 18 Dismantles and removes structural, mechanical and miscellaneous components
6 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.

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