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What is the Interprovincial Red Seal Program?
The Red Seal Program was established to provide mobility across Canada for skilled workers. The "Red Seal" allows qualified trades persons to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated. Through the program certified journeypersons are able to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their Certificate of Qualification by successfully completing, where applicable, an interprovincial standards examination.
The program encourages standardization of provincial and territorial apprenticeship training and certification programs. The program is administered in each province and territory under the guidance of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).
Who administers the Red Seal Program and how does it work?
The program is administered in each province and territory under the guidance of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).
The Manager of Apprenticeship Training, Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning is the PEI representative on this council. A National Occupational Analysis, developed for each Red Seal trade, is used as a base document for the development of interprovincial standard examinations. It is also used by the province for curriculum development.
What is the Interprovincial Red Seal Examination?
Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal examinations are used to determine whether apprentices and experienced tradespersons meet the national standard in a particular Red Seal trade. Eligibility for writing an exam is determined by each province/territory apprenticeship authority. The interprovincial examination is developed by a group of trade experts from all jurisdictions where an occupation is designated. If you are employed in a trade and would like to have information on apprenticeship and certification in your specific trade, choose from the list of trades on the righthand of the Apprenticeship homepage.