Holders of a Certificate of Qualification or 

Military Certification

Individuals who are certified in a skilled trade outside British Columbia or have a Canadian Military Trade Certification may be eligible to receive a B.C. Certificate of Qualification or Red Seal Endorsement.

HOLDERS OF A CANADIAN CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION  

Certificate of Qualification in B.C. issued by SkilledTradesBC

If you hold a Certificate of Qualification issued by SkilledTradesBC (or previously Industry Training Authority) in a B.C. trade prior to it becoming designated as a Red Seal trade, you may be eligible to obtain a Red Seal Endorsement by applying to write the Red Seal exam. 

Please submit the following documents to Customer Service:

There is no fee to challenge the Red Seal exam for the first and second attempts.  

Please note: If you hold a Certificate of Apprenticeship and wish to obtain a Certificate of Qualification and/or Red Seal Endorsement, contact Customer Service for more information. 

Certification in Skilled Trades Outside B.C.  

If you hold a Certificate in a skilled trade outside of B.C. from another provincial apprenticeship authority or Canadian jurisdiction, you may be eligible to obtain a Red Seal Endorsement.

Please submit the following documents to Customer Service

  • Exam Application  

  • A photocopy of your Certificate of Qualification  

  • $120 out-of-province assessment fee. You can pay online, by mail or with a cheque (payable to SkilledTradesBC) with your application. You can also pay in-person by cash or debit card at the SkilledTradesBC head office.  

HOLDERS OF CANADIAN MILITARY TRADE CERTIFICATION  

If you can show proof of a Canadian Military Trade Certification, with proof of a Military ranking at QL5 or higher, you can provide this in lieu of completing a Certification Challenge Package. This applies for specific trades only (see table below). 

Please send the following documents to Customer Service

  • Exam Application  

  • Proof of a Canadian Military Trade Certificate  

  • Proof of a Canadian Military ranking at QL5 or higher  

There’s no assessment fee required.  

If your specific trade or occupation is not listed below and you feel you have the requisite experience and education to challenge a certification, it is still possible to submit a Certification Challenge Package

For additional resources, please visit the Helmets to Hardhats website.  

Course Code

Military Trade Name

B.C. Trade Name

367/313  

Marine Engineer / Marine Engineering Technician  

1. Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)  
2. Machinist  

379-02

Marine Technician – Mechanical

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

125/331/332/379-03 

Electrical Technician / Marine Electrician / Marine Technician - Electrical

Industrial Electrician  

129/411  

Vehicle Technician  

1. Automotive Service Technician  
2. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician  
3. Truck and Transport Mechanic  

134/441  

Material Technician  

Welder  

301/641  

Refrigeration and Mechanical Technician  

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic  

302/642  

Electrical Distribution Technician  

Construction Electrician  

304/646  

Plumbing and Heating Technician  

1. Plumber  
2. Oil Heat System Technician  

306/648  

Construction Technician  

Carpenter  

164/861  

Cook  

Cook