The Red Seal, and Why it is Important to Every Trades person in Canada

By on February 5, 2015
Red Seal

If you are a Boilermaker, a Carpenter, an Electric Motor System Technician, or dealing in any of these professions in Canada, then it is important for you to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on your provincial/territorial certificates by taking and successfully completing the Red Seal examination.

The Red Seal program was established more than 50 years ago in order to provide greater portability across Canada for skilled workers, who will be easy to distinguish through this certification. This program is used to acknowledge the competence of tradespersons across Canada and ensure recognition of their certification without any further investigation.

Here is a list of reasons why obtaining the Red Seal is not only important but essential for a tradesperson to establish their skills in the country.

  1. The Red Seal program grants a stamp of approval on the tradesman’s capabilities and provides superior access to skilled trades persons all over Canada.
  2. This program also endows the trades person with absolute reassurance that they are eligible to a predetermined standard of knowledge and experience that has been defined by the industry.
  3. Most importantly, completing the Red Seal program successfully and having it affixed to your trade ensures that qualified trades persons can practice the trade they deal in anywhere across Canada without any further probing or examination.
  4. Employers and customers will have no doubt of your capability or competence once you have passed this Inter-Provincial examination and obtained the seal for your trade. This could open doors to a plethora of job opportunities for you.

Now that you understand the significance of acquiring the Red Seal, this information will help you with the know-how of getting a hold of this ominous seal –

Step 1:

Red Seal certification is granted at the provincial level only, so it would be a good idea to contact the apprenticeship department and training program authority in your province to learn about the specific requirements that are pertinent to your trade to pass the examination.

Step 2:

Before you are prepared to take the Inter-Provincial examination, which incidentally, is not a cakewalk, it is necessary for you to gain all the skills and experience that is needed to indulge in your trade at a professional level. If yours is a trade that requires an apprenticeship to be completed or a course to be studied in order to acquire proper training, then that is what you should be looking for before sitting for this examination that will determine the future of your trade.

Step 3:

As soon as you have achieved all the necessary experience and concluded all the necessary courses/programs, you can sit for the Red Seal examination and, on passing, gain the certification that will allow you the authority to develop your trade anywhere across Canada, without anyone questioning your knowledge or skills in your own trade.

Every apprentice who deals in one of the many trades that call for a Red Seal certification recommends this program, because it makes the life of the tradesperson much easier, and also helps him/her acquire a great deal of knowledge which will only benefit the future of their trade. Contact your training authority and ignite the engine to be well on your way to becoming a province-qualified trades person.

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