Painter and Decorator - 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, 802 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 - 29 questions
Block B - Surface preparation - 36 questions
Block C - Residential, institutional and commercial paints and coatings - 26 questions
Block D - Wall coverings - 10 questions
Block E - Wood finishes - 13 questions
Block F - Industrial paints and coatings - 16 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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