Red Seal Certification

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Local 1611 in cooperation with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) has obtained Red Seal Certification for the Trade designation of Construction Craft Worker (CCW). Local 1611 is the only Union to offer this certification in B.C. The (CCW) Red Seal Certification will be recognized Canada wide. We believe Local 1611 members are skilled individuals who deserve to be recognized for their experience, hard work, and expertise.

Construction Craft Worker training will be offered at two apprenticeship levels and a review course for those challenging their Red Seal trade qualification at no cost to Local 1611 members in good standing. Successful completion of Red Seal Certification challenges by Local 1611 members will be fully reimbursed.

Apprenticeship Level 1 requires 2,000 ‘CCW scope’ field hours.
Apprenticeship Level 2 requires 4,000 ‘CCW scope’ field hours.

To challenge the Red Seal trade qualification requires a minimum of 6,000′ CCW scope’ field hours.

Apprenticeship level technical training is 120 hours (4 weeks) of training in both classroom and practical experience. The Union will offer a 3 day review course to assist members in successfully challenging the Red Seal Certification exam. The exam is written on the 4th day. Both levels of apprenticeship technical training and TQ review courses will cover off the following Construction Craft Worker (CCW) required scope of knowledge and field experience:

  • Concrete Work
  • Masonry Work
  • Utilities and Pipeline
  • Roadwork
  • Use of Tools and Equipment
  • Material Handling
  • Site Work Organization and Preparation
  • Scaffolding and Access Equipment

All apprentices must create a B.C. Education Identification BCeID account on-line through Employment Services Training Support on the WorkBC website. This must be completed prior to the start date of your apprenticeship technical training.

The Federal Government offers Apprenticeship Incentive Grants (AIG) and an Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) to Canadian residents applying for Red Seal Certification following their completion of apprenticeship level(s). For further details on applying for these grants refer to the government website: Service Canada.

Upcoming Course Dates are as follows; (Dates are tentative and may change depending upon availability and registration.  Apprentice registrations take up to 10 days for processing at the ITA and Red Seal Challenge applications take 6-8 weeks.  All CCW programs require a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 16 students)

Level 1: TBA
Level 2: TBA
Level 2: TBA

To register on-line for upcoming programs click here for the registration form.

Are you interested in applying for your Red Seal Certification? If so contact; The CSWU Training Society at 604.538.5101 or email at

For detailed information pertaining to the Construction Craft Worker Red Seal Trade please refer to; Red Seal CCW NOA 2009

UPDATE: ITA Has Announced a New Red Seal Trade Critical to BC’s Booming LNG.  Construction Craft Worker Media Release August 20, 2014. Local 1611