Register For the Red Seal Exam
How to Register
1. Determine your eligibility
To write the Red Seal exam for your trade, you must meet the requirements of your province or territory. If you are an apprentice or a trade qualifier, eligibility criteria to the Red Seal exam may be different in your Province.
- Apprentice: You are completing an apprenticeship program that has been registered with your provincial or territorial apprenticeship office.
- Trade qualifier or “challenger”: You are experienced in your trade but you have not completed an apprenticeship program and you are not certified as a journeyperson.
- Journeyperson: You hold a Provincial or Territorial Certificate of Qualification or the equivalent.
Requirements may also vary by trade. Check your provincial or territorial apprenticeship and certification website (Appendix B) for more information on the criteria that applies to your situation.
2. Registration process
The Red Seal exams are administered by the provincial and territorial apprenticeship and certification authorities. You must register at one of their offices in order to write the Red Seal exam.
Most provinces and territories have application forms available on their website. If you have questions or cannot find the Red Seal exam application form, contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship office.
When registering, you may also ask about the following:
- Exam language
Choose whether you want to write the exam in English or in French. Confirm with your provincial or territorial office that your copy will be in the language of your choice.
- Special needs
If you have special needs, ask about accommodations you may be entitled to when writing the exam. Keep in mind that the request for accommodation has to be made well in advance.
3. Pay your exam fee
The cost of the exam varies by province and territory. Your apprenticeship office will let you know the cost when you register for your exam.
4. Plan ahead
- Book time off
Schedule enough time off with your employer to avoid being rushed.
- Getting to the exam
Make sure you know exactly where and when the exam will take place. Plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of time for traffic, parking, late buses, etc.
5. If you miss the exam
Contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship office to reschedule your exam.
Red Seal examinations are administered by provincial and territorial apprenticeship and certification authorities. Contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship and certification office for more information.
Links to the Red Seal exam and certification for apprentices:
Northwest Territories (apprenticeship application) (apprenticeship, trades, and occupation certification fee form)
Nunavut (apprenticeship application)
Prince Edward Island (exam application)