Challenge Exam

Who would write the Challenge Exam?

  • Someone who has industry experience
  • May or may not have formal education;
  • Wants to add Certificate of Qualification to their resume; and
  • Wants to be a sponsor for an Apprentice.
  • See below for Tax Credit/Grant information.

Who would Apply for Sign-Off Authority?

  • Someone who has industry experience
  • May or may not have formal education;
  • Wants to be a sponsor for an Apprentice.
  • Someone who either is not interested in taking the exam required for challenging the certification; or, is not ready to take the exam within a few months of approval and does not want to delay becoming a sponsor. Those who are approved for Sign-Off Authority have one year to elevate their application to a certification challenge and take the exam. If you wish to take this step contact the ITA within one year of Sign-Off approval to arrange an exam.

This 1 year limit does not affect sponsoring apprentices with sign-off authority; only elevating your application status to challenge the certification. After one year if someone with sign-off authority wishes to challenge the exam they must submit a new and complete challenge application.

  • Contact ITA Customer Service for any assistance

Certification Challenge & Sign-Off Authority Steps for Each Trade 

Arborist Technician

Climbing Arborist

Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist

Landscape Exam Study Resources

Production Horticulturist

Utility Arborist

Certification Challenge Tax Credits

Arborist Technician Certification Challenge or Sign-Off Authority Application & Steps

  • Holders of a CofQ as an Utility Arborist are entitled to write the Arborist Technician Exam. Complete the Examination Application.
  • For Sign-Off Authority or Challenging the certification, you must submit the ‘Application – Certificate Challenge’ and an ‘Employer Declaration’ and/or a ‘Statutory Declaration’.
  • You must show a minimum of 2,400 proven work based hours in your declaration form(s).
  • Send completed application forms to ITA, with all supporting documents

Application for Sign-Off Authority does not require the following steps for scheduling and writing the exam.

 

Steps to write the Climbing Arborist Challenge Exam

  • You must submit the ‘Application Certificate Challenge’ and an ‘Employer Declaration’ and/or a ‘Statutory Declaration’.
  • Provide above application showing a minimum of 2,700 climbing proven work based hours.  Hours cannot overlap with hours claimed for Arborist Technician
  • An Arborist Technician Certificate of Qualification is a mandatory prerequisite for Climbing Arborist application
  • A fee of $120 is due to ITA to write your challenge exam
  • Send completed application forms to ITA, with all supporting documents
  • To help you study, you can review the Program Outline
  • Download the Exam Weighting Chart
  • Passing grade is 70% or higher. You will have the option to re-write the exam if you do not receive 70% or higher
  • The Climbing Arborist Manual is available in the HortEducation.ca store if you require it.
  • Upon passing the challenge exam, contact HortEducation.ca to arrange your practical assessment.  Climbing Arborist practical assessment application.
  • There is a fee of $600 payable to HortEducationBC to cover the costs of the practical assessment

 

Steps to write the Red Seal Landscape Challenge Exam

  1. You must submit the ‘Application – Certificate Challenge’, and an ‘Employer Declaration’ and/or a ‘Statutory Declaration’
    1. Download and read the Instructions.
    2. Download and complete the Application – Certification Challenge form.
    3. Download and complete an Employer Declaration of Work Experience or Statutory Declaration of Work Experience form for each employer you worked for in the landscape trade.  The instructions will explain which form(s) you need.
  2. Provide above application showing a minimum of 9,720 proven work based hours
    1. Your CLT in Ornamental Maintenance plus one other module will count as 1,000 hours of work for Landscape Horticulturist challenge exam
  3. A fee of $120 is due to ITA to write your challenge exam
  4. Passing grade is 70% or higher. You will have the option to re-write the exam if you do not receive 70% or higher
  5. Send completed application forms to ITA, with all supporting documents

 

Study Resources

  • Red Seal Prep Course for Landscape Horticulture – Check our news and events pages for upcoming course offerings. If you would like to be notified of upcoming classes contact us to be placed on our notification list. This is a half day course that reviews common challenge areas of exam topics and helps you to prepare to write the exam. Included in the course is a prep manual. This manual can be bought individually in our online store if you are unable to attend a class.
  • The Inter-Provincial Examination Landscape Horticulturist exam is based on the Trade National Occupational Analysis (NOA).
    • Click here for a link to the 2015 NOA.
    • Click here for a further break down of the number of exam questions.
    • Click here for a link to the Interprovincial Program Guide.
    • Click here for the complete Red Seal Plant ID List.
  • Information Guide: Preparing to Write an Interprovincial Red Seal Examination.
    • This published information guide provides study techniques which can be used to prepare for writing the Interprovincial Red Seal examination for this trade. Topics which are discussed in the guide are: the National Occupational Analysis (NOA), studying for the Red Seal exam, sample Red Seal questions, and writing the Red Seal exam
    • Sample questions from the Red Seal website.
    • HortEducation.ca manuals used by apprentices in training institutions are available through our online store. This is an optional study resource that addresses in detail, the topics found in the 2015 NOA. Please feel free to contact HortEducation.ca to discuss whether this option would be beneficial to your studies. This option is not often recommended due to the volume of material. You can request to review the manuals table of contents.

 

Red Seal logo

  • The Red Seal logo/design is used for the purpose of promoting the Red Seal as a standard of excellence for the skilled trades. Individuals, companies or organizations that wish to use the Red Seal logo for promotional items, Web sites, printed materials, etc. must contact the ITA to obtain permission for use in British Columbia and the Red Seal Secretariat for use in national promotions.

 

Steps to write the Production Challenge Exam

  1. You must submit the ‘Application – Certificate Challenge, and an ‘Employer Declaration’ and/or a ‘Statutory Declaration’
    1. Download and read the Instructions.
    2. Download and complete the Application – Certification Challenge form.
    3. Download and complete an Employer Declaration of Work Experience or Statutory Declaration of Work Experience form for each employer you worked for in the production trade. The instructions will explain which form(s) you need.
  2. Provide above application showing a minimum of 7,290 proven work based hours
  3. A fee of $120 is due to ITA to write your challenge exam Passing grade is 70% or higher. You will have the option to re-write the exam if you do not receive 70% or higher
  4. Send completed application forms to ITA, with all supporting documents
  5. To help you study, you can review the Program Outline
  6. Download the Exam Weighting Chart

 

Steps to write the Utility Arborist Challenge Exam

NOTE: Only applicants with credentials from outside of BC will be accepted to undertake the challenge process. Only certified Utility Arborists and Utility Arboirst apprentices are permitted to perfrom tree pruning or falling work in proximity to energized power line in BC.

 

Certification Challenge Tax Credits

If you successfully challenged a Red Seal or Non-Red Seal program administered through the ITA after January 1, 2007, you may be entitled to a B.C. training tax credit (certification tax credit).

If you obtained a Certificate of Qualification by successfully challenging a program, look up the program in the listing of eligible programs and completion requirements. Once you find your program, look for ‘graduate program’ under one of the completion levels. You can claim the tax credit associated with the completion level where you find ‘graduate program’.

Trade Tax Credit Completion Requirements Regular *Enhanced
Arborist Technician Basic Training Tax Credit CofQ as Arborist Technician $1000 $1500
Climbing Arborist Basic Training Tax Credit CofQ as Climbing Arborist $1000 $1500
Field Arborist Completion Tax Credit CofQ as Field Arborist $2000 $3000
Dairy Production Technician 1 Basic Tax Credit CofQ as Dairy Production $1000 $1500
Red Seal Landscape Horticulture Completion Tax Credit CofQ as Landscape Horticulturist $2500 $3750
Production Horticulture Completion Tax Credit CofQ as Production Horticulturist $2000 $3000
Utility Arborist Basic Tax Credit CofQ as Utility Arborist $1000 $1500

*Enhanced Credits

Enhanced credits are provided with respect to First Nations individuals or persons with disabilities. Eligible First Nations individuals are those persons who are registered as an Indian under the Indian Act (Canada). Persons with disabilities are those eligible for the disability credit on their income tax return.

Basic Training Tax Credit

  • Apply once you have met requirements
  • ITA transcript is used as proof of meeting requirements
  • Complete the British Columbia Training Tax Credit (T1014) form and submit it with your T1 Income Tax Return
  • Must be claimed no later then 36 months after the end of the tax year.

Completion Tax Credit

  • Apply once you have met requirements
  • ITA transcript is used as proof of meeting requirements
  • Complete Part 2 of the British Columbia Training Tax Credit (T1014) form and submit it with your T1 Income Tax Return
  • Must be claimed no later then 36 months after the end of the tax year.