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Agricultural Equipment Technician Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2009-430 (October 6, 2009), N.S. Reg. 299/2009


Effective April 1, 2017, these regulations are replaced by N.S. Reg. 202/2016.


1     These regulations may be cited as the Agricultural Equipment Technician Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


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


                (b)    “agricultural equipment technician trade” means the occupation of agricultural equipment technician, consisting of setting up, performing pre-delivery work, servicing and repairing agricultural equipment, including tractors, machinery and attachments used in farm, nursery and landscape enterprises;


                (c)    “General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act.


       (2)    The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations unless the context otherwise requires.

Term of apprenticeship

3     The term of apprenticeship for the agricultural equipment technician trade is 8000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director, and may include a probationary period of no longer than 3 months.

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices

4     An employer in the agricultural equipment technician 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

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by an agricultural equipment technician apprentice is a percentage of the wage for an agricultural equipment technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)


















       (2)    An employer must not employ an agricultural equipment technician 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

6     For the purpose of Section 30 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 agricultural equipment technician trade.


7     A person who on the coming into force of these regulations is an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the regulations respecting the farm equipment mechanic trade, N.S. Reg. 163/92, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 92-766 dated July 28, 1992, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.