Bricklayer - 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, 862 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 125 questions

Block A – Common Occupational Skills - 13 questions

Task 1 - Performs safety-related functions
3 questions
Task 2 - Uses and maintains tools and equipment
3 questions
Task 3 - Uses scaffolding
3 questions
Task 4 - Organizes work
4 questions

Block B – General Masonry Practices - 23 questions

Task 5 - Performs substrate preparation
6 questions
Task 6 - Performs fundamental masonry tasks
12 questions
Task 7 - Uses mortars, grouts and adhesives
5 questions

Block C – Masonry Systems - 31 questions

Task 8 - Builds masonry walls
16 questions
Task 9 - Builds horizontal masonry surfaces
6 questions
Task 10 - Builds and installs prefabricated masonry units
3 questions
Task 11 - Installs surface-bonded masonry units
6 questions

Block D – Natural Stone Systems - 13 questions

Task 12 - Builds natural stone walls
7 questions
Task 13 - Installs natural stone cladding
6 questions

Block E – Chimneys And Fireplaces - 12 questions

Task 14 - Builds chimneys
5 questions
Task 15 - Builds fireplaces
7 questions

Block F – Refractories And Corrosion Resistant Materials - 8 questions

Task 16 - Installs and maintains refractories
5 questions
Task 17 - Installs and maintains corrosion resistant materials
3 questions

Block G – Restoration - 13 questions

Task 18 - Rebuilds masonry work
7 questions
Task 19 - Repairs and cleans existing masonry work
6 questions

Block H – Additional Masonry - 12 questions

Task 20 - Installs glass blocks
3 questions
Task 21 - Installs ornamental and sculpted masonry
3 questions
Task 22 - Builds arches
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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