Trades & Technology Apprenticeship
Red & Blue Seals - Overview
The Red Seal is a national designation. You earn it by passing an interprovincial exam. That means you can work anywhere in Canada with your Red Seal Endorsement (RSE).
The Blue Seal is an Alberta program. It’s earned by taking approved business studies. Now a separate certificate, the program also has a new name: Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal).
|A Red Seal shows that you have successfully completed an inter provincial standards exam. You’ll get a distinctive red seal to attach to your journeyman certificate.
This means you will be able to work anywhere in Canada without having to write another province’s trade exam.
The Red Seal Program was created in 1952. It encourages the standardization of apprenticeship training and certification programs across Canada. A national occupational analysis of each of the 56 Red Seal trade is used as a base document for inter provincial exams and is encouraged for use in curriculum development.
The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) administers the program. Currently the CCDA is working on harmonizing 30 Red Seal trades by 2020.
For more information, check the Red Seal Website. Exams, samples questions, and individual trade standards are included.
Lakeland also offers prep courses for red seal exams for anyone who hasn’t achieved their red seal status. Check continuing education for those courses.
|Blue Seal program is the common name for the Achievement in Business Competencies Program. This program was established by Alberta Apprenticeship to encourage journeymen who go on to study business
If you have a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, you are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business certificate after completing 150 hours of study in an approved business program.
The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board established the Achievement in Business Competencies Program, It both encourages and recognizes business studies by anyone who is already certified in an Alberta designated trade or occupation.
Those business studies can be taken at Lakeland College.
Complete details are available on the Blue Seal website.