Steamfitter/Pipefitter - 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, 1.3 MB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 130 questions

Major Work Activity A – Performs common occupational skills - 16 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
5 questions
Task A-2 Uses and maintains tools and equipment
5 questions
Task A-3 Organizes job
6 questions

Major Work Activity B – Performs layout, fabrication and piping installation - 29 questions

Task B-4 Performs fabrication
9 questions
Task B-5 Lays out, identifies and installs piping, tubing, fittings and related components
11 questions
Task B-6 Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, repairs and tests valves
6 questions
Task B-7 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs heat tracing systems
3 questions

Major Work Activity C – Performs rigging, hoisting, lifting and positioning - 17 questions

Task C-8 Performs common rigging, hoisting, lifting and positioning
11 questions
Task C-9 Performs complex and critical rigging, hoisting, lifting and positioning
6 questions

Major Work Activity D – Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs low and high pressure steam and condensate systems - 24 questions

Task D-10 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs low pressure steam and condensate systems
11 questions
Task D-11 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs high pressure steam and condensate systems
13 questions

Major Work Activity E – Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs heating, cooling and process piping systems - 26 questions

Task E-12 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs hydronic systems
6 questions
Task E-13 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs process piping systems
6 questions
Task E-14 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs industrial water and waste treatment systems
2 questions
Task E-15 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs hydraulic systems
2 questions
Task E-16 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems
3 questions
Task E-17 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs fuel systems
2 questions
Task E-18 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs medical gas systems
2 questions
Task E-19 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs compressed air and pneumatic systems
3 questions
Task E-20 Installs and tests fire protection systems (NOT COMMON CORE)
0 questions

Major Work Activity F – Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs renewable energy systems - 7 questions

Task F-21 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs geo-exchange and geothermal systems
2 questions
Task F-22 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs solar heating systems
1 questions
Task F-23 Installs, tests, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs heat recovery systems
4 questions

Major Work Activity G – Performs commissioning, start-up and turnover - 11 questions

Task G-24 Prepares system for commissioning, start-up and turnover
6 questions
Task G-25 Commissions systems
5 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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