Reinforcing Steel Erector Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 51 questions and each question ia worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill content on which questions may be based

Section 1 - Work organization and planning (25%)

  • Interpreting instructions and the work plan
  • Recognizing WHMIS symbols
  • Securing the premises and workers
  • Assembling and disassembling scaffolds
  • Selecting necessary equipment and materials
  • Checking the condition of equipment
  • Slinging steel bars
  • Using signals to communicate with the crane operator
  • Defining the path to follow
  • Manually handling materials
  • Choosing and classifying reinforcing steel and other materials
  • Putting trestles in place

Section 2 - Reinforcement construction and installation (55%)

  • Reinforcing Bars, Prefabricated Elements and Wire Meshes:
    • Recognizing the surveyor’s location and elevation points
    • Installing templates
    • Marking the spacing and locations of supports
    • Adjusting reinforcing steel pieces
    • Selecting elements to be placed
    • Installing supports, spacers, reinforcing bars and stirrups
    • Putting wire mesh in place
    • Determining the locations and heights of elements
    • Selecting the type of fastening to be done
    • Determining the location of fasteners
    • Checking assembly elements
    • Checking the planned concrete cover
    • Strengthening a reinforcing steel structure for rigging
    • Selecting and applying an assembly stabilizing method
  • Post–Tensioning Systems:
    • Preparing materials and equipment for a post-tensioning system
    • Meeting safety standards for producing a post-tensioning system
    • Installing a post-tensioning

Section 3 - Modifying a reinforcing structure (20%)

  • Reinforcing Steel Cutting:
    • Taking measurements for cutting bars or wire meshes
    • Power cutting a reinforcing bar
    • Wire mesh shearing
    • Meeting safety standards for the assembly of an oxyacetylen cutting station
  • Reinforcement Jointing:
    • Selecting the joints to be installed
    • Installing the tag
    • Screwing or tightening the tag
    • Checking installation compliance
    • Meeting safety standards for assembling a welding set
    • Producing simple welds
  • Installation of Dowels:
    • Installing the depth gauge
    • Drilling holes
    • Cleaning holes
    • Injecting adhesive or grout
    • Inserting dowels

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

  • ASSOCIATION PARITAIRE POUR LA SANTÉ ET LA SÉCURITÉ DU TRAVAIL SECTEUR CONSTRUCTION (ASP Construction). Les accessoires de raccordement. Fiche de prévention, Anjou, ASP Construction, 2010, 20 p. (in French only)
    Phone: 514 355-6190 or 1 800 361-2061
    Fax: 514 355-7861
    • Le SIMDUT dans la construction, Anjou, ASP Construction, 2013, 7 p. (in French only)
      Phone: 514 355-6190 or 1 800 361-2061
      Fax: 514 355-7861
  • COMMISSION DES NORMES, DE L'ÉQUITÉ, DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA SÉCURITÉ DU TRAVAIL DU QUÉBEC (CNESST). Les échafaudages sur cadres métalliques – Monté sur du solide, CNESST, Montréal, 2004, 30 p. (in French only)
    Phone: 1 866 302-2778
  • REINFORCING STEEL INSTITUTE OF ONTARIO (RSIO). Reinforcing steel. Manual of standard practice, Toronto, RSIO, 2004, 128 p. and 2 pocket cards.
    Phone: 416 239-7746
    Fax: 416 239-7745