Powerline Technician - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the Red Seal Occupational Standard for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Major Work Activities, 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 Red Seal Occupational Standard, and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 1.0 MB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Major Work Activity A - Performs Common Occupational Skills - 32 questions

A-1 Performs safety-related functions
8 questions
A-2 Uses and maintains tools and equipment
6 questions
A-3 Organizes work
5 questions
A-4 Accesses work area
4 questions
A-5 Uses live-line methods
7 questions
A-6 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
2 questions

Major Work Activity B - Installs Structures - 16 questions

B-7 Installs pole structures
13 questions
B-8 Installs steel lattice structures
3 questions

Major Work Activity C - Installs Conductor Systems - 19 questions

C-9 Installs overhead conductors and cables
13 questions
C-10 Installs underground and underwater cable
6 questions

Major Work Activity D - Installs Auxiliary Equipment - 26 questions

D-11 Installs lighting systems
3 questions
D-12 Installs voltage control equipment
9 questions
D-13 Installs protection equipment
8 questions
D-14 Installs metering equipment
4 questions
D-15 Installs communication equipment
2 questions

Major Work Activity E - Performs Operation, Maintenance and Repair - 32 questions

E-16 Operates distribution and transmission systems
8 questions
E-17 Maintains distribution and transmission systems
9 questions
E-18 Repairs distribution systems
9 questions
E-19 Repairs transmission systems
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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