Trade Regulation Changes

For recent trade regulation changes, please find your trade below (be sure to check for your trade under each date heading, as changes may have been made on more than one date).

Full Trade Regulations

January 8, 2019

Automotive Refinishing Technician

A change to the Red Seal trade name was recommended under the national harmonization initiative and was approved by the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) on October 23, 2018:

  • In Nova Scotia, the name of Automotive Painter was changed to Automotive Refinishing Technician, as of January 8, 2019.
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • The scope of the trade was expanded to include non-mechanical components of Heavy Duty Equipment:
    • Repairs all mechanical components of and maintains heavy construction and off-highway vehicles, whether wheeled or tracked.
  • To respond to labour shortages and to create more opportunities in the trade, set the minimum ratio at 1 journeyperson to every 2 apprentices. In the current regulations, the ratio is 1:1.
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level.
Landscape Horticulturist
  • Term of apprenticeship is 6,000 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 9,000 hours
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

April 1, 2018

Elevating Device Mechanic | New Trade Regulation
  • Elevating Device Mechanic trade is designated as a trade for the purpose of the Act
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours

September 27, 2017

Gasfitter Class B
  • Term of apprenticeship is 3,600 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 5,400 hours

April 1, 2017

In the fall of 2016, changes were made to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations and trade regulations to align our programs and training across the country.

These changes will help apprentices complete their training more easily, so they can take full advantage of the opportunities here in the province. Creating consistency across the country will also help employers recruit the people they need. The amendments took effect starting April 1, 2017, and will impact your apprenticeship program.

For a complete list of the changes, please visit:

Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level:
Alarm and Security Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Automotive Glass Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 3,600 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 7,200 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Automotive Service Technician and Service Centre Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship:
    • 7,200 hours (Automotive Service Technician)
    • 5,400 hours (Service Centre Technician)
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier:
    • 10,800 hours (Automotive Service Technician)
    • 8,100 hours (Service Centre Technician)
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • a change of ratio to 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices
  • changing the name of a Service Centre Mechanic to a Service Centre Technician
  • changes to the hours of a Service Centre Technician
Blaster
  • Term of apprenticeship is: First Class: 3,600 hours; Second Class: 2,250 hours; Third Class: 900 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is: First Class 5,400 hours; Second Class: 3,375 hours; Third Class: 1,350 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Boat Builder
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 9,450 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Boilermaker
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Bricklayer
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • removal of outdated provisions
Carpenter
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Construction Electrician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Cook
  • Term of apprenticeship: 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier: 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • a change of ratio to 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices
Floor Covering Installer
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Gasfitter
  • Term of apprenticeship: Gasfitter Class A: 3,600 hours; Gasfitter Class B: 1,800 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier: Gasfitter Class A: 5,400 hours; Gasfitter Class B: 2,700 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship: 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier: 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
  • Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include a more detailed definition of the trade.
Industrial Electrician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Instrumentation and Control Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Insulator (Heat and Frost)
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Ironworker (Generalist)
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the change in hours per level
Ironworker (Reinforcing)
  • Term of apprenticeship is 3,600 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 5,400 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental)
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Landscape Horticulturist
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Machinist
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Marine Fitter
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Marine Service Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours (no change)
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours (no change)
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Mine Electrician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 4,500 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 6,750 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Mine Mechanic
  • Term of apprenticeship is 4,500 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 6,750 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Auto Body and Collision Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Oil Heat System Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Painter and Decorator
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Plumber
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Powerline Technician
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Restoration Stone Mason
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Roofer
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Sheet Metal Worker
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Sprinkler Fitter
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • a change of ratio to 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices
  • removal of outdated clauses (vocational training, residency requirements, etc.)
Welder
  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level