Your apprenticeship will typically include two types of exams: Standard Level Exams and a Final Certification Exam, in the form of either the Interprovincial Red Seal or Certification of Qualification.
Standard Level Exams
Many trades have Standard Level Exams, which are the same for every apprentice at any training provider in B.C. These exams are scheduled on your last day of in-school training and will typically count for 20% of your overall mark. Note that some Standard Level Exams require a passing mark and are not counted toward a 20% weighting of the overall mark. View Exam Schedule.
The exams will cover content from your technical training and on-the-job training. View list of Standard Level Exams.
Final Certification Exams
When all levels of your technical training are complete, you’ll write a Certification of Qualification or an Interprovincial Red Seal exam. These exams are often written in your classroom on the last day of technical training but may also be written at designated locations across B.C. View Exam Schedule.
The exams will cover content from all levels in your apprenticeship. View list of Final Certification Exams.
Some trades don’t require formal technical training in addition to work experience. If you are in one of these trades, contact SkilledTradesBC to schedule your Final Certification Exam.
Most exams will be included in-class during technical training. Your technical training results and exam marks will form part of your apprenticeship record.
SkilledTradesBC has exam support options for individuals who require specific accommodations.
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