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Automotive Service Technician Trade Regulations

made under Section 17B of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2016-239 (October 3, 2016, effective April 1, 2017), N.S. Reg. 185/2016



Citation

1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Automotive Service Technician Trade Regulations.


Definitions

2     (1)    In these regulations,

 

“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;

 

“automotive service technician trade” means the occupation of an automotive service technician, consisting of all of the following work performed on automobiles and light trucks, other than work excluded under subsection (2):

 

                         (i)     repairing and maintaining all mechanical and electrical devices, including all of the following:

 

                                  (A)   engines,

 

                                  (B)   heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems,

 

                                  (C)   computer systems,

 

                                  (D)   fuel systems,

 

                         (ii)    work performed in the service centre technician subtrade,

 

                         (iii)   work performed on transmissions and transaxles,

 

                         (iv)   work performed on restraint systems;

 

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

 

“light truck” means

 

                         (i)     a motor home, bus or truck with a manufacturer’s gross weight of 4500 kg or less, or

 

                         (ii)    a single-axle vehicle equipped with hydraulic brakes, whether or not it has a manufacturer’s gross weight of 4500 kg or less;

 

“service centre technician subtrade” means that part of the occupation of automotive service technician that consists of diagnosing, repairing, removing and replacing any of the following components of automobiles and light trucks to the extent that manufacturer-specific procedures for servicing the systems on a particular model and make of vehicle are followed:

 

                         (i)     steering systems,

 

                         (ii)    brake systems,

 

                         (iii)   chassis and suspension systems,

 

                         (iv)   drive shafts and universal joints,

 

                         (v)    wheel and axle bearings,

 

                         (vi)   electrical systems, including all of the following:

 

                                  (A)   electrical circuits and components,

 

                                  (B)   batteries,

 

                                  (C)   ignition systems,

 

                                  (D)   charging systems,

 

                                  (E)   starting systems.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of these regulations, the occupation of automotive service technician does not include work performed in relation to any of the following components:

 

                (a)    tires and rims;

 

                (b)    exhaust systems, except components related to the engine management system;

 

                (c)    engine cooling systems;

 

                (d)    oil and filtration systems;

 

                (e)    automotive accessories.

 

       (3)    A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.


Automotive Service Technician Trade


Automotive service technician trade is compulsory certified trade

3     The automotive service technician trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.


Person other than automotive service technician performing work in trade

4     A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the automotive service technician trade may perform work included in the definition of the automotive service technician trade 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 designated trade.


Exemption application under General Regulations permitted for automotive service technician trade

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 automotive service technician trade.


Term of apprenticeship for automotive service technician trade

6     (1)    The term of apprenticeship for the automotive service technician trade consists of all of the following:

 

                (a)    7200 documented hours of the combination of practical experience and the portion of technical training spent learning the skills of the designated trade as described in clause 26(1A)(a) of the General Regulations and as approved by the Director;

 

                (b)    related technical training as described in clause 26(1A)(b) of the General Regulations and as approved by the Director;

 

                (c)    a certification examination.

 

       (2)    Any probationary period included in a term of apprenticeship for the automotive service technician trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.


Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for automotive service technician trade

7     The minimum ratio of journeypersons to apprentices required by clause 27(2)(a) of the General Regulations to be maintained by an employer in the automotive service technician trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to every 2 apprentices.


Wage schedule for apprentices in automotive service technician trade

8     (1)    Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by an automotive service technician apprentice in each portion of a level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for an automotive service technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:


Wages for Automotive Service Technician Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Portion of

Level of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)

1

0–900

50%

901–1800

55%

2

1801–2700

60%

2701–3600

65%

3

3601–4500

70%

4501–5400

75%

4

5401–6300

85%

6301–7200

90%

 

       (2)    An employer must not employ an automotive service 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 in automotive service technician trade through trade qualification

9     The period of employment in the designated trade that is required by paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations for a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship and is applying for a certificate of qualification in the automotive service technician trade is 10 800 hours.


Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in automotive service technician trade

10   (1)    A certificate of qualification in the automotive service technician trade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.

 

       (2)    A certificate of qualification in the automotive service technician trade that is renewed in accordance with subsection 41(2) of the General Regulations is valid for a further term of 5 years from its most recent expiry date.


Compliance with identity card requirements of General Regulations

11   For the purposes of Section 34 of the General Regulations, which requires an apprentice or journeyperson to keep their identity card in their possession when practising the designated trade and produce it on request, a person is practising the automotive service technician trade while the person is doing any of the following:

 

                (a)    for an apprentice,

 

                         (i)     acquiring practical experience in the trade, or

 

                         (ii)    learning the skills of the trade during the technical training portion of apprenticeship training;

 

                (b)    for a journeyperson, performing the duties of the trade as defined in these regulations or their duties as set out in the General Regulations.


Displaying certificate of qualification in automotive service technician trade

12   (1)    An automotive service technician journeyperson must display their certificate of qualification in a conspicuous location at their place of employment.

 

       (2)    The employer of an automotive service technician journeyperson must provide suitable space for the display of the journeyperson’s certificate of qualification.


Service Centre Technician Subtrade


Service centre technician subtrade is compulsory certified trade

13   The service centre technician subtrade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.


Person other than service centre technician performing work in subtrade

14   A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the service centre technician subtrade may perform work included in the definition of the service centre technician trade 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 designated trade.


Exemption application under General Regulations permitted for service centre technician subtrade

15   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 service centre technician subtrade.


Term of apprenticeship for service centre technician subtrade

16   (1)    The term of apprenticeship for the service centre technician subtrade consists of

 

                (a)    5400 documented hours of the combination of practical experience and the portion of technical training spent learning the skills of the designated trade as described in clause 26(1A)(a) of the General Regulations and as approved by the Director;

 

                (b)    related technical training as described in clause 26(1A)(b) of the General Regulations and as approved by the Director; and

 

                (c)    a certification examination.

 

       (2)    Any probationary period included in a term of apprenticeship for the service centre technician subtrade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.


Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices in service centre technician subtrade

17   The minimum ratio of journeypersons to apprentices required by clause 27(2)(a) of the General Regulations to be maintained by an employer in the service centre technician subtrade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to every 2 apprentices.


Wage schedule for service centre technician apprentices

18   (1)    Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by a service centre technician apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a service centre technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, in each portion of a level of the term of an apprenticeship, as set out in the following table:



Wages for Service Centre Technician Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Portion of

Level of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)

1

0–900

50%

901–1800

55%

2

1801–2700

60%

2701–3600

70%

3

3601–4500

80%

4501–5400

90%

 

       (2)    An employer must not employ a service centre 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 in service centre technician subtrade through trade qualification

19   The period of employment in the designated trade that is required by paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations for a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship and is applying for a certificate of qualification in the service centre technician subtrade is 8100 hours.


Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in service centre technician subtrade

20   (1)    A certificate of qualification in the service centre technician subtrade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.

 

       (2)    A certificate of qualification in the service centre technician subtrade that is renewed in accordance with subsection 41(2) of the General Regulations is valid for a further term of 5 years from its most recent expiry date.


Compliance with identity card requirements of General Regulations

21   For the purposes of Section 34 of the General Regulations, which requires an apprentice or journeyperson to keep their identity card in their possession when practising the designated trade and produce it on request, a person is practising the service centre technician subtrade while the person is doing any of the following:

 

                (a)    for an apprentice,

 

                         (i)     acquiring practical experience in the trade, or

 

                         (ii)    learning the skills of the trade during the technical training portion of apprenticeship training;

 

                (b)    for a journeyperson, performing the duties of the trade as defined in these regulations or their duties as set out in the General Regulations.


Displaying certificate of qualification in service centre technician subtrade

22   (1)    A service centre technician journeyperson must display their certificate of qualification in a conspicuous location at their place of employment.

 

       (2)    The employer of a service centre technician journeyperson must provide suitable space for the display of the journeyperson’s certificate of qualification.


Transition


Apprentice under former regulations continues as apprentice

23   A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in the automotive service technician trade or the service centre technician subtrade in an apprenticeship program under the trade regulations respecting the automotive service technician trade, N.S. Reg. 167/1977, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.