Government of New Brunswick

Seventy-one occupations are designated under the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Act. Fifty of these occupations are Interprovincial Red Seal occupations. Twelve of the designated occupations are prescribed to be compulsory. Apprenticeship training is available in fifty-three of the seventy-one 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  
Automotive Painter 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    
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 Boilermaker Yes 5,400 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  
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  
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 5,400 8,100  
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    
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
(Metal and Paint)
Yes 7,200 10,800  
Motorcycle Mechanic N/A N/A 7,200  
Oil Heat System Technician Yes 7,200 10,800
Painter and Decorator Yes 5,400 8,100  
Partsperson N/A N/A 7,200  
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 System Installer Yes 7,200 10,800
Staker / Detailer N/A N/A 3,600    
Steamfitter - Pipefitter Yes 7,200 10,800
Switchboard Operator Yes 5,400
Tilesetter N/A N/A 9,000  
Tool and Die Maker N/A N/A 7,200  
Transport Refrigeration Service Technician Yes 5,400 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.