Would you like to work elsewhere in Canada? Are you wondering whether your certificate of qualification is valid in the other provinces?
The purpose of the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program is to favour labour mobility in Canada and allow skilled workers to practise their trades in the participating provinces and territories.
To find out which trades are recognized under the Red Seal Program, see the list of Red Seal trades.
Under the Agreement of Canadian free trade agreement (CFTA), a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
To obtain Red Seal certification, you have to:
Emploi-Québec currently grants Red Seal certification for 41 of the 58 trades covered by the program.
To obtain Red Seal certification, you have to take an exam aimed at making sure that your training and skills meet the interprovincial standards for your trade.
If you pass the exam, you will be granted Red Seal certification to practise your trade. You may also have to take a practical exam if you are a welder or a hairstylist.
After completing these steps, you can register with Emploi-Québec for an examination session.
Emploi-Québec recognizes most of the Red Seal certificates issued by the other Canadian provinces and territories.
To find out whether you can obtain Red Seal certification, see "Annexe 3 – Programme des normes interprovinciales Sceau rouge (PNI)" (French only) in the Information Guide – Enrolment Application – Qualification Program (PDF, 1.3 MB).
To pass the examination you have to obtain a grade of 70%.
We suggest that you proceed as follows to get ready for the examination:
If your grade is under 70% you are entitled to a make-up exam.
If you fail the make-up exam, you will have to prove that you have upgraded your skills by providing Emploi-Québec with an attestation confirming that you have successfully completed training.
If you have failed the Red Seal exam in another province, you can register for an examination session in Québec subject to the applicable conditions.
If you are an apprentice in a trade for which Emploi-Québec offers Red Seal certification, you may be eligible for apprenticeship grants from the federal government during your apprenticeship and at the end of your apprenticeship program once you receive your certificate of qualification from Emploi-Québec.
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per apprentice. For more information, see the AIG webpage.
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a single-payment, taxable cash grant of $2,000. It is available to apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeship and obtained their certification. For more information, see the ACG webpage.
For general information about apprenticeship grants, contact Service Canada or a Service Canada Centre at 1-866-742-3644 or, if you are hearing impaired, 1-866-909-9757.