Government of New Brunswick

Seventy-six occupations are designated under the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Act. Fifty-one of these occupations are Interprovincial Red Seal occupations. Twelve of the designated occupations are prescribed to be compulsory. Apprenticeship training is available in 47 of the 76 occupations.


Twelve compulsory occupations are identified below on the list of designated occupations by a green dot. To work in any of the occupations that are compulsory under the Act, an individual must:

  • hold a Certificate of Qualification, a Certificate of Qualification Without Written Examination, or a Diploma of Apprenticeship in the compulsory occupation issued under the Act; or
  • hold a work permit or improver card issued under the Act; or
  • register as an apprentice or pre-apprentice under the Act; or
  • be registered as an apprentice in the compulsory occupation in another province or territory of Canada and be working in New Brunswick for a period of six months or less.

Compulsory occupations are prescribed by regulation by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.


Most occupations are not compulsory under the Act. Fifty-nine voluntary occupations are identified on the list of designated occupations and are regulated by Board Orders.


Red Seal endorsement allows certified workers to work anywhere in Canada where their occupation is designated. There are fifty Interprovincial Red Seal occupations in New Brunswick.

Click on any occupation below to get more trade-related information.


Red Seal Occupation
Compulsory Occupation
Designated Occupations Technical Training Appren. Hrs. Trade Qualifier Hrs.
Agricultural Equipment Technician Yes 7,200 10,800  
Appliance Service Technician Yes 5,400 8,100  
Arborist No N/A 5,400    
Autobody and Collision Technician
Yes 7,200 10,800  
Automotive Refinishing Technician Yes 3,600 5,400  
Automotive Service Technician Yes 7,200 10,800
Automotive Service Technician
(Steering, Suspension and Brakes)
Yes 5,400 8,100  
Baker N/A N/A 7,200
Blaster N/A N/A 1    
Boilermaker Yes 5,400 8,100
Bricklayer Yes 5,400 8,100
Cabinetmaker Yes 7,200 10,800  
Carpenter Yes 7,200 10,800  
Commercial Trailer Technician Yes 5,400 8,100  
Computerized Numerical Control
Yes 7,200 10,800    
Concrete Finisher N/A N/A 8,100  
Construction Craft Worker Yes 3,600 5,400  
Construction Electrician Yes 7,200 10,800
Cook Yes 5,400 8,100  
Distribution Construction Lineman Yes 5,400 8,100    
Distribution System Operator N/A N/A 5,400    
Electric Motor System Technician Yes 7,200 10,800    
Engineering Assistant N/A N/A 5,400    
Floorcovering Installer N/A N/A 5,400  
Forestry Equipment Operator (Forwarder) No N/A 4,000    
Forestry Equipment Operator (Harvester) No N/A 4,000    
Gasfitter Class A Yes 7,200 10,800  
Gasfitter Class B Yes 3,600 5,400  
Glazier N/A N/A 7,200  
Hairstylist N/A N/A 2  
Heat Treatment Technician N/A N/A 2    
Heavy Equipment Operator
(Compaction Roller) 

N/A N/A 900    
Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer) 
No N/A 3,600  
Heavy Equipment Operator
No N/A 3,600  
Heavy Equipment Operator (Grader)  
No N/A 3,600
Heavy Equipment Operator (Loader) 
No N/A 1,800    
Heavy Equipment Operator
(Tractor Loader Backhoe)
No N/A 3,600  
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Yes 7,200 10,800  
Human Services Counsellor N/A N/A 3,000    
Industrial Electrician Yes 7,200 10,800  
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Yes 7,200 10,800  
Instrumentation and Control Technician Yes 7,200 10,800  
Insulator (Heat And Frost) Yes 7,200 10,800  
Ironworker (Generalist) Yes 5,400 8,100  
Ironworker (Reinforcing) Yes 3,600 5,400  
Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental) N/A N/A 5,400  
Landscape - Horticulturist Yes 6,000 9,000  
Lather (Interior Systems Mech.) Yes 5,400 8,100  
Locksmith N/A N/A 9,000    
Machinist Yes 7,200 10,800  
Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Yes 5,400 8,100  
Mobile Crane Operator Yes 5,400 8,100
Mobile Hoisting Equipment Operator Yes 1,800 2,700    
Motorcycle Mechanic N/A N/A 7,200  
Oil Heat System Technician Yes 7,200 10,800
Painter and Decorator No N/A 8,100  
Parts Technician N/A N/A 7,200  
Personal Support Worker N/A N/A 3,000    
Plumber Yes 7,200 10,800
Power Engineer
(2nd Class)
Yes 7,200 N/A    
Power Engineer
(3rd Class)
Yes 3,600 N/A    
Power Engineer
(4th Class)
Yes 1,800 N/A    
Powerline Technician Yes 7,200 10,800  
Power System Technician Yes 7,200 10,800  
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician No N/A 7,200  
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Yes 7,200 10,800
River Control Operator
N/A N/A 7,200    
Roofer Yes 5,400 8,100  
Sheet Metal Worker Yes 7,200 10,800
Sprinkler Fitter Yes 7,200 10,800
Staker / Detailer N/A N/A 3,600    
Steamfitter - Pipefitter Yes 7,200 10,800
Switchboard Operator No N/A
Tilesetter N/A N/A 9,000  
Tool and Die Maker N/A N/A 7,200  
Tower Crane Operator No N/A 3,600  
Transport Refrigeration Service Technician No N/A 8,100    
Truck & Transport Mechanic Yes 7,200 10,800  
Utility Arborist  N/A   5,400    
Water and Waste Water Operator N/A N/A 2    
Water Well Driller N/A N/A 4,000    
Welder Yes 5,400 8,100  

1No apprenticeship training available; a Certificate of Qualification will be issued upon proof of required practical experienced and successful writing of the certification examination.

2See regulations for requirements of candidates for Certificate of Qualification.