Trade Harmonization | Atlantic and National

Trade Harmonization

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) is an active participant on harmonization initiatives at the national level and in the Atlantic region to provide greater consistency in apprenticeship training and improve apprentice mobility across the country.

The core challenge is that provinces and territories across Canada are separately responsible for apprenticeship training, resulting in 13 different systems. The approach is to collaborate with other jurisdictions to harmonize key elements of the systems.

Information about the Atlantic and National harmonization projects appears below.

Harmonization Projects

Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project

The Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project (AAHP) was created to align the rules, processes, and standards for apprenticeship in the four Atlantic provinces. This regional initiative will result in more consistency and efficiency in the way people enter the trades and work toward certification. The Atlantic Apprenticeship Council (AAC) has the oversight for the AAHP.

Project objectives

  • Meet industry demand for a skilled workforce.
  • Maximize access to training (in both official languages, as appropriate by jurisdiction) to meet the needs of employers, apprentices, and trade qualifiers.
  • Facilitate labour mobility and create a better training and working experience for apprentices.
  • Maximize operational efficiencies.
  • Maximize employer and apprentice awareness and engagement.
  • Develop a shared information technology (IT) system.

These 16 trades will be harmonized under the Project


Phase 1 Trades

  •  Bricklayer
  •  Cook
  •  Welder
  •  Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  •  Carpenter
  •  Instrumentation & Control Technician
  •  Construction Electrician
  •  Industrial Electrician
  •  Plumber
  •  Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Phase 2 Trades

  •  Automotive Service Technician
  •  Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  •  Sprinkler Fitter
  •  Boilermaker
  •  Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  •  Truck and Transport Mechanic

These trades were chosen based on criteria including, but not limited to, trade mobility, demand/volume, related trades that can be harmonized at the same time, the age of curriculum standards, and industry endorsement.

As well as harmonizing standards (e.g., curriculum, logbooks, and exams) in the 10 identified trades, the Atlantic provinces will implement common policies and processes to increase consistency in apprenticeship training and certification requirements. A shared IT system will assist harmonization; enhance reporting capabilities; and enhance online functions and services for employers, apprentices, and training providers.

To date, a steering committee and several sub-committees, consisting of representatives of the Atlantic Workforce Partnership Secretariat staff and jurisdictional apprenticeship/board authorities have been working to develop common policies, processes, and standards to harmonize apprenticeship training and certifi cation requirements within Atlantic Canada. As well, Atlantic Trade Advisory Committees (ATACs), consisting of industry and training representatives, have and continue to be active in guiding the work of the project.

Atlantic Trade Advisory Committees (ATACs)

INFORMATION about the trades for which ATACs have been established to date; a list of members; the ATAC Terms of Reference; and the products being developed (e.g., curriculum standards, logbooks and examinations).

Associated Documents

 

National Apprenticeship Harmonization Initiative National Apprenticeship Harmonization Initiative

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is responsible for the Red Seal Program. The CCDA has also undertaken a Harmonization Initiative, which aims to substantively align apprenticeship across Canada. CCDA has identified the following harmonization priorities:

  •  Use the Red Seal trade name.
  •  Consistent number of training levels.
  •  Consistent total trade hours (standard of 1800 hours per level).
  •  More consistent technical training.
  • Goal: Harmonize 30 Red Seal trades by 2020.

Phase 1: First 10 Red Seal trades selected for harmonization

Strong industry and stakeholder engagement has resulted in significant progress in harmonizing the first 10 Red Seal trades. Harmonization recommendations are complete and changes are being implemented in most jurisdictions - where apprenticeship training is available - by the September 2016 training year:

  • Carpenter
  • Welder
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Ironworker (Generalist)
  • Ironworker (Structural/ Ornamental)
  • Ironworker (Reinforcing)
  • Mobile Crane Operator
  • Mobile Crane Operator (Hydraulic)
  • Tower Crane Operator
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (will be harmonized with Truck and Transport Mechanic & Agriculture Equipment Tech by September 2017)

Phase 2: Next 8 Trades

Harmonization recommendations are complete and changes are being implemented in most jurisdictions - where apprenticeship training is available - by the Sept 2017 training year:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Construction Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Plumber
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Phase 3: Next 5 Trades

Harmonization recommendations are expected to be complete and implemented in most jurisdictions - where apprenticeship training is available - by the Sept 2018 training year:

  • Boilermaker
  • Sprinkler System Installer
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Landscape Horticulturist
  • Sheet Metal Worker

Phase 4: Next 5 Trades

Harmonization recommendations are expected to be complete and implemented in most jurisdictions - where apprenticeship training is available - by the Sept 2019 training year:

  • Rig Technician
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Insulator (Heat and Frost)
  • Machinist
  • Tool and Die Maker

Phase 5: Next 5 Trades

Harmonization recommendations are expected to be complete and implemented in most jurisdictions - where apprenticeship training is available - by the Sept 2020 training year:

  • Cook
  • Powerline Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
  • Automotive Painter
  • Hairstylist

Phase 6: Next 6 Trades

Harmonization recommendations are expected to be complete and implemented in most jurisdictions - where apprenticeship training is available - by the Sept 2021 training year:

  • Bricklayer
  • Glazier
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Partsperson
  • Roofer

Consultation Process

The National harmonization initiative involves discussions and consultations with industry stakeholders connected to the respective trade. For each Red Seal trade, industry is engaged at the national and provincial/territorial levels to consult on recommendations for harmonization. This consultation takes the form of meetings, webinars, correspondence and website updates.

As new trades are selected for harmonization, Nova Scotia will communicate the proposed changes to harmonize the trade name, number of training levels, and total trade hours across Canada. Interested employers, industry representatives and apprenticeship training providers will have the opportunity to participate in further discussion around the sequencing of technical training content through national webinars.

Associated Documents

  •  September 2017: E-blast Project Status Update:  • English  • French
  •  June 2016: E-blast Project Status Update:  • English  • French
  •  December 2015: Nova Scotia Advancing Apprentice Mobility:  • Report
  •  November 2015: E-blast Project Status Update:  • English  • French