Metal Fabricator (Fitter) - 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, 753 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 130 questions

Block A - Common occupational skills - 31 questions

Task 1 Performs safety-related functions
5 questions
Task 2 Maintains and uses tools and equipment
5 questions
Task 3 Organizes work
8 questions
Task 4 Performs quality assurance throughout fabrication and assembly process
6 questions
Task 5 Handles materials
7 questions

Block B - Fabrication of components - 57 questions

Task 6 Performs layout
26 questions
Task 7 Cuts materials
17 questions
Task 8 Forms materials
14 questions

Block C - Assembly of components - 42 questions

Task 9 Fits and fastens sub‑components and components
22 questions
Task 10 Performs welding activities
13 questions
Task 11 Completes project
7 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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