The Interprovincial Standards (IP), or Red Seal, Program is a program designed to enhance the mobility of apprentices and journeypersons in construction, maintenance, repair and service trades, and other occupations through the standardization of provincial/territorial training and certification programs.
The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program is an industry-driven certification program recognized by all provinces and territories in Canada. The acceptance of the Red Seal by Canadian industry confirms support and endorsement.
The Interprovincial Standards Examination Program was established to develop uniform trade standards and examinations to assist skilled workers to transport their skills from one part of Canada to another.
Interprovincial Red Seals have been placed on provincial and territorial journey person Certificates of Qualification since 1959. Approximately 75% of all apprentices in Canada are working within the Red Seal designated trades/occupations.
Various occupations are designated provincially for training and/or certification where local needs dictate. Provincial (P) plans of training are designed for occupations where there is no interprovincial certification available.