Experience is the greatest teacher

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) was established on July 1, 2014 as an agent of the Crown. The Agency is operated under the authority of the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act, the Operating Charter and the General Regulations, and is authorized to manage the trades training and certification system in Nova Scotia.


Own the skill. Earn your future.

Earn money while you learn! As an apprentice, you receive a salary from the employer that hires you. This salary increases as each stage of the program is successfully completed.


An investment that pays off.

If you’re an employer that relies on skilled workers, apprenticeship is one of the best investments you can make. Not only is it a proven way to develop the right talent for your workplace, it also contributes to the success of your business.

Apprentice Orientation Program

This 5-part Orientation is a mandatory mini-course for newly registered apprentices. It is packed with detailed information essential for navigating our apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia. While it is intended for registered apprentices, anyone who is curious about this post-secondary educational pathway is welcome to take a look. Registration is not required.

Apprentice Orientation Modules Employer Orientation Modules

Women in Trades

There are excellent opportunities for women in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program.

Forestry Sector Apprenticeship Initiative

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are working together to connect workers from across the forestry sector to opportunities in the skilled trades. The Forestry Sector Apprenticeship Initiative is available to employees in the sector who are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship in a skilled trade and/or achieve trade certification.

News and Events

Latest News

Become a Certified Farm Technician

Attend a FREE webinar to learn more about the new Farm Technician trade

Employers and farmers are invited to attend a free webinar (online presentation and discussion) to learn more about the benefits of apprenticeship, incentives that may be available, and the registration process for…

Upcoming Events

2021 Annual Industry Meeting

Annual Industry Meeting and Awards Breakfast: A Learning Workplace is a Healthy Workplace

The 7th Annual Industry Meeting (AIM) took place on October 28, 2021. This was an in-person event with an option to attend virtually extended to…