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Steamfitter/Pipefitter Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2011-277 (July 19, 2011), N.S. Reg. 240/2011

Effective April 1, 2017, these regulations are replaced by N.S. Reg. 195/2016.


1     These regulations may be cited as the Steamfitter/Pipefitter Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


(a)“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


                (b)    “General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;


                (c)    “steamfitter/pipefitter trade” means the occupation of a steamfitter/pipefitter, consisting of fabricating, installing, altering, maintaining and repairing any type of residential, commercial or industrial piping system, including all of the following:


                         (i)     hot liquid systems,

                         (ii)    high- and low-pressure steam systems,

                         (iii)   boilers and controls for boilers,

                         (iv)   control and indicating devices systems,

                         (v)    heating and cooling systems,

                         (vi)   heat exchanger systems,

                         (vii)  process systems,

                         (viii) power plant systems,

                         (ix)   compressed gas systems,

                         (x)    vacuum, pneumatic and hydraulic systems,

                         (xi)   fire protection systems other than sprinkler systems,

                         (xii)  flue gases systems,

                         (xiii) water treatment systems.


       (2)    The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.

Compulsory certified trade

3     The steamfitter/pipefitter trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than steamfitter/pipefitter performing work in the trade

4     (1)    For the purposes of clause 22(2)(e) of the Act, which allows a person who holds a certificate recognized by the Director to practice a compulsory certified trade, a person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade may perform steamfitter/pipefitter work if the person holds a certificate of qualification in another designated trade and the work to be performed comes within the scope of that other trade.


       (2)    An exemption under subsection 22(4) of the Act for a person who performs work in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade without meeting the requirements of subsection 22(2) of the Act may be made only if


                (a)    the person is an employee of an industrial or process plant and is trained to perform maintenance functions; and


                (b)    the work being performed involves repairing or modifying a piping system as a component of the regular maintenance of the system.

Exemption application under General Regulations permitted

5     For the purposes of subsection 38(2) of the General Regulations, a joint application for an exemption from the application of subsections 22(2) and (3) of the Act is permitted for the steamfitter/pipefitter trade.

Term of apprenticeship

6     The term of apprenticeship for the steamfitter/pipefitter trade is 8000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director, including a probationary period of up to 3 months, and a certification examination.

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices

7     An employer in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to each apprentice, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.

Wage schedule for apprentices

8     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by a steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a steamfitter/pipefitter journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)


















       (2)    An employer must not employ a steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice at a wage for actual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimum wage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the Labour Standards Code.

Certificate through trade qualification

9     For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, which authorizes the Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meets certain requirements, 12 000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the steamfitter/pipefitter trade.

Renewal of certificate of qualification

10   A certificate of qualification is valid for the 5-year period set out in the certificate, and may be renewed by the Director on application by the holder either before or after the certificate expires, on payment of the fee set out in the General Regulations.


11   A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the regulations for the steamfitter/pipefitter trade, N.S. Reg. 6/53 [62/2009], made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council dated October 13, 1953 [March 17, 2009], continues as an apprentice under these regulations.