Equalization of Skills and Education 2017-11-08T11:46:22+00:00

Equalization of Skills and Education

Red Seal Program

The Red Seal Program is the Canadian standard of excellence for skilled trades. Formally known as the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program, it sets common standards to assess the skills of tradespersons across Canada. Tradespersons who meet the Red Seal standards receive a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial/territorial trade certificates.

The Program was created following the first National Conference on Apprenticeship in Trades and Industries, which was held Ottawa in 1952. Participants recommended that the provinces and territories ask the federal government to work with their apprenticeship committees and officials to prepare analyses of skilled trades.

Over the years, the program has evolved. Today, it is a forum for interjurisdictional collaboration in support of developing a certified, highly skilled and mobile trades workforce in Canada.

 There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades

Red Seal Trades

Designated trades are governed by regulations under the Provincial and Territorial Apprenticeship Acts. These regulations outline the administrative procedures and in some case the standards and conditions of training for specific trades (e.g. methods of registering apprentices, curriculum, accreditation, and certification).

Alphabetical list:

  1. Agricultural Equipment Technician
  2. Appliance Service Technician
  3.  Automotive Painter
  4. Automotive Service Technician
  5. Baker
  6. Boilermaker
  7. Bricklayer
  8. Cabinetmaker
  9. Carpenter
  10. Concrete Finisher
  11. Construction Craft Worker
  12. Construction Electrician
  13. Cook
  14. Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
  15. Electric Motor System Technician
  16. Floorcovering Installer
  17. Gasfitter — Class A
  18. Gasfitter — Class B
  19. Glazier
  20. Hairstylist
  21. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  22. Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer)
  23. Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator)
  24. Heavy Equipment Operator (Tractor-Loader-Backhoe)
  25. Industrial Electrician
  26. Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  27. Instrumentation and Control Technician
  28. Insulator (Heat and Frost)
  29. Ironworker (Generalist)
  30. Ironworker (Reinforcing)
  31. Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental)
  32. Landscape Horticulturist
  33. Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
  34. Machinist
  35. Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  36. Mobile Crane Operator
  37. Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
  38. Motorcycle Mechanic
  39. Oil Heat System Technician
  40. Painter and Decorator
  41. Parts person
  42. Plumber
  43. Power-line Technician
  44. Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
  45. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  46. Rig Technician
  47. Roofer
  48. Sheet Metal Worker
  49. Sprinkler Fitter
  50. Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  51. Tile setter
  52. Tool and Die Maker
  53. Tower Crane Operator
  54. Transport Trailer Technician
  55. Truck and Transport Mechanic