The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO)

Red Seal Program


Download the newly-released 2015 Construction Electrician Red Seal Occupational Standard.


NETCO's active promotion of pan-Canadian standards for apprenticeship and journeyperson skills training has a particular focus on the Red Seal electrical trades.


The following four electrical trades are designated under the Red Seal Program: Construction Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Powerline Technician and Electric Motor Systems Technician. (Occupational titles may vary by jurisdiction.)


Canadian tradespeople may obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their certificates by successfully completing a Red Seal exam. The endorsement is widely recognized and respected as a standard of excellence by the electrical industry.


For more than 50 years, the Red Seal Program has stood as a symbol of labour mobility. It symbolizes:


  • opportunity for youth considering a career in the electrical trades
  • employability and lifelong learning for journeypersons
  • workforce skills competence for electrical contractors looking to expand their market
  • quality assurance for consumers


The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is responsible for the Red Seal Program. The CCDA is working to improve the program through a set of initiatives including:


  • strengthening the Red Seal through enhanced standards and new forms of skills assessment
  • exporting ways to harmonize apprenticeship programs across Canada
  • developing more consistent processes for evaluating the trade qualifications of internationally trained workers


In 2015 the CCDA announced a set of strategic priorities for harmonizing Red Seal skills standards across Canada.


Canada's electrical industry is the largest client and strongest supporter of Red Seal. The CCDA reports that in 2014, the Construction Electrician trade accounted for by far the largest number of Red Seal endorsements of any skilled trade, earning 5,160 endorsements.