Prepare for your Exam

Be prepared for your upcoming exam by reviewing the Exam Counselling Sheet for your trade or occupation. There are Exam Counselling Sheets for theory exams (for each period of technical training), interprovincial (Red Seal) exams and qualification exams. Each sheet highlights the number of questions on the exam, and the allocation of marks in each section from the course outline.

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Apprenticeship Exams

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2nd Period

3rd Period

4th Period

Interprovincial Exams

Qualification Exams


Study Materials

The following study materials are available to help you prepare:

  • exam counseling sheets - providing you with a summary of questions for each topic on the related exam,
  • practice exams on the Red Seal website, and
  • the National Occupational Analysis- NOA (available for most trades).

The NOA provides:

  • the foundation document for most Trades Qualifier program written exams,
  • a specific description of the scope of the occupation, and
  • a list of commonly-used terms and in some cases, the definitions.

Glossaries of Terms are available on this site for select trades. There may be additional glossaries in the National Occupational Analysis (NOA).

Additional Exam Requirements

What to Bring / What NOT to Bring to an Exam

What to bring

  • Government photo identification (i.e. driver’s license and passport) and Apprenticeship ID card
  • Standard HB pencil and eraser
  • Water bottle (in a closable, clear container)

What not to bring
(These items are not allowed inside the exam room with you.)

  • ANY electronic device, such as smart phones, laptop, tablet, or anything with a computer chip
  • Mechanical pencil and/or pen
  • Textbooks, notebooks or any other written material
  • Backpacks, purses, bags, etc.
  • Jackets, hoodies, coats, etc.
  • Motorcycle helmets, skateboards, bike helmets, etc.
  • Your own calculator

(Calculators are supplied for all exam candidates. Personal calculators are not permitted. No exceptions will be made. The model of calculator will depend on the trade. For most trades, a Casio FX-260 calculator will be provided. (For instructions on the use of the Casio FX-260, see Calculators for use in Apprenticeship and Industry Training Exams.) For exams with higher-level mathematical content such as complex numbers and polar functions (communication technician, electrician, instrumentation and control technician, machinist, industrial mechanic (millwright), powerline technician and power systems electrician), candidates may use either the Casio FX-260 or a Sharp EL-520W. Both calculators will be available at the exam location.)


Do I need to submit a Training Plan?

If you have attempted the theory or practical exams two or more times in the same trade with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), and any prior exam attempt resulted in a mark of at least 60%, you may complete an AIT Training Plan.