Cabinetmaker - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the standard, called the National Occupational Analysis for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Blocks, which are divided into Tasks, which are divided into sub-tasks.

The Red Seal exam has a certain number of questions assigned to these sections. The number of questions are provided below.

For more information, see the full National Occupational Analysis and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 895 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 100 questions

Block A – Common Occupational Skills - 14 questions

Task 1 - Performs safety-related functions
3 questions
Task 2 - Maintains tools and equipment
3 questions
Task 3 - Organizes work
4 questions
Task 4 - Performs routine work practices
4 questions

Block B – Machining - 21 questions

Task 5 - Machines components using stationary and portable power tools
15 questions
Task 6 - Machines components using automated equipment
6 questions

Block C – Forming and Laminating - 12 questions

Task 7 - Creates curved components using wood and composite materials
6 questions
Task 8 - Laminates wood and composite materials
6 questions

Block D – Veneers and Laminates - 13 questions

Task 9 - Applies veneers
6 questions
Task 10 - Applies laminate sheets
7 questions

Block E – Shop Assembly - 24 questions

Task 11 - Assembles cabinets and furniture
15 questions
Task 12 - Assembles architectural millwork products
9 questions

Block F – Finishing - 12 questions

Task 13 - Prepares surface for finishing
6 questions
Task 14 - Finishes wood products
6 questions

Block G – On-Site Assembly and Installation - 15 questions

Task 15 - Modifies products to site conditions
4 questions
Task 16 - Installs cabinets and countertops
6 questions
Task 17 - Installs architectural millwork products and mouldings
5 questions

Block H – Specialized Operations - 9 questions

Task 18 - Builds stairs and balustrades
3 questions
Task 19 - Works with solid surface material and custom countertops
3 questions
Task 20 - Creates decorative woodwork
1 questions
Task 21 - Restores woodwork
2 questions

For more information about exam preparation materials (textbooks, modules, etc.) contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.

*Number of questions assigned are derived from the input from people in this trade from across Canada.