Tool and Die Maker

Tool and Die Maker" means a person who designs, constructs, tests and repairs production tools, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges and specialty hand tools by laying out, setting-up, machining, fitting and finishing using various metals, alloys and plastics. Tool and Die Makers produce tooling that is used to manufacture and stamp out parts, and supply tooling and dies for all manufacturing sectors.


The Red Seal National Occupational Analysis is the complete description of the activities of the Tool and Die Maker trade, and is used as the basis for the Red Seal Examination.  View the most recent Red Seal standard. (Download the NOA PDF here).

Program Updates:

Effective December 1, 2018, the Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship pathway has been deactivated.  The challenge pathway for the Tool and Die trade has been preserved and the Machinist Red Seal certification remains a pre-requisite to entering the challenge pathway.  As a result of harmonization, the work-based training hour requirement has been adjusted.  See the OPSN-2018-022 for complete details.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 151.85 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 30.63 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 260.34 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 173.84 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 334.23 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 273.58 KB)