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A trade test is a test used to assess proficiency and skill level of an individual in any number of skilled trades. These tests may include written and/or skill demonstration sections. Skilled trades such as plumbing for carpentry require a unique set of knowledge and skills. This expertise separates a skilled labor from the general labor force. A trade test is an assessment of an individual and whether or not this person has achieved certain levels of knowledge within the context of a specific trade.

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Depending on the trade and experience, specific requirements to sit for a trade test (such as training or experiences) may or may not be necessary. The individual might have to work one or more years before even being allowed to take the test. The test may involve a written act examination, a hands-on demonstration of knowledge and expertise, or both. Successful completion of the test will allow a person to receive certification of some sort. Some skills will have additional levels of testing that will denote higher skill levels.

The trade test is important when it comes to hiring decisions. Management may require skilled artisans at a given level for particular project. Rates of pay may be determined by whether or not an individual has a certain given certification. The test may be designed and administered by a trade union with certification granted by the union itself. In some areas these tests and certifications may be administered and controlled by government agencies.

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