Construction Craft Worker - 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, 999 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 100 questions

Block A – Common Occupational Skills - 23 questions

Task 1 - Performs safety-related functions.
6 questions
Task 2 - Uses and maintains tools and equipment
6 questions
Task 3 - Organizes work
4 questions
Task 4 - Performs routine trade activities
7 questions

Block B – Site Work - 19 questions

Task 5 - Prepares site
4 questions
Task 6 - Performs ground work
4 questions
Task 7 - Services site
6 questions
Task 8 - Performs basic demolition
2 questions
Task 9 - Performs safety watches
3 questions

Block C – Scaffolding and Access Equipment - 9 questions

Task 10 - Uses scaffolding
5 questions
Task 11 - Uses access equipment
4 questions

Block D – Concrete Work - 18 questions

Task 12 - Forms concrete
5 questions
Task 13 - Places and finishes concrete
7 questions
Task 14 - Modifies concrete
3 questions
Task 15 - Places/Applies grout, epoxies and caulking
3 questions

Block E – Masonry Work - 10 questions

Task 16 - Prepares for masonry work
5 questions
Task 17 - Tends to bricklayers
5 questions

Block F – Utilities and Pipeline - 11 questions

Task 18 - Installs utility piping for water and sewer installations
5 questions
Task 19 - Performs pipeline activities
6 questions

Block G – Roadwork - 10 questions

Task 20 - Installs road surface material
4 questions
Task 21 - Installs roadwork 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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