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Gas Fitter Trade Regulations

made under Section 17A of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

N.S. Reg. 210/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)



Citation

1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Gas Fitter Trade Regulations.


Definitions

2     (1)    In these regulations,

 

“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;

 

“approved appliance” means any equipment or appliance that bears a nameplate or label indicating that it has been approved or certified by a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada;

 

“Btu/h” means British Thermal Units per hour;

 

“gas fitter” includes a gas technician as defined in the Fuel Safety Regulations made under the Technical Safety Act;

 

“Gas Fitter A trade” means the occupation of a Gas Fitter A, consisting of installing, servicing and maintaining any size of gas-utilizing appliances, piping and equipment;

 

“Gas Fitter B trade” means the occupation of a Gas Fitter B, consisting of

 

                         (i)     installing, servicing and maintaining gas-utilizing appliances and equipment with an input rate of 400 000 Btu/h or less, and

 

                         (ii)    under the continuous and direct supervision of a Gas Fitter A journeyperson, servicing and maintaining gas-utilizing appliances and equipment with an input rate greater than 400 000 Btu/h;

 

“gas fitter trade” means the occupation of a gas fitter, consisting of the work performed by a Gas Fitter A or a Gas Fitter B;

 

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

 

“supervision” of an apprentice means supervision that allows the apprentice to get into immediate contact with the Gas Fitter A journeyperson.

 

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


Terms of apprenticeship for gas fitter trade

3     (1)    The term of apprenticeship for [the] Gas Fitter B trade consists of all of the following:

 

                (a)    1800 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)    The term of apprenticeship for the Gas Fitter A trade consists of all of the following:

 

                (a)    3600 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, including at least 450 hours of supervised practical experience on systems with an input rate greater than 400 000 Btu/h;

 

                (b)    related technical training as described in clause 26(1A)(b) of the General Regulations and as approved by the Director, including technical training related to the practical experience on systems with an input rate greater than 400 000 Btu/h referred to in clause (a);

 

                (c)    a certification examination.

 

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


Additional requirement for examination for Gas Fitter A certificate of qualification

4     In addition to the requirement in subsection 28(1) of the General Regulations for successful completion of the practical experience and technical training components of their apprenticeship program, to be eligible to be examined for a certificate of qualification in the Gas Fitter A trade an apprentice must hold a certificate of qualification in the Gas Fitter B trade.


Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for gas fitter trade

5     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 gas fitter trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.


Wages for apprentices in gas fitter trade

6     An employer must not employ a gas fitter 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.


Gas fitter certificate through trade qualification

7     The practical experience in the designated trade that is required by paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(A) 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 gas fitter trade is

 

                (a)    for a Gas Fitter B certificate of qualification, at least 2700 hours of practical experience approved by the Director;

 

                (b)    for a Gas Fitter A certificate of qualification, at least 5400 hours of practical experience approved by the Director.


Permitted activities for Gas Fitter B

8     (1)    A Gas Fitter B may install, purge, activate, repair, service or remove a natural gas or propane appliance with an input rate of 400 000 Btu/h or less and equipment and accessories essential to the operation of the appliance.

 

       (2)    A Gas Fitter B may perform all of the following activities on a natural gas or propane appliance with an input rate of 400 000 Btu/h or less and equipment essential to the operation of the appliance:

 

                (a)    install, inspect, test, activate, purge, service, repair, maintain or remove any piping or tubing or component in a piping or tubing system with a nominal pipe size of no larger than 2 in. to a pressure of 5 psi to an appliance downstream of a natural gas meter;

 

                (b)    install, inspect, test, activate, purge, service, repair, maintain or remove any piping or tubing or component in a piping or tubing system with a nominal pipe size of no larger than 2 in. to an appliance of a propane vapour system, including installing and removing the propane supply container;

 

                (c)    install, inspect, service, remove, repair or replace any vent, vent connector, draft control device or other component in a gas-fired appliance venting system;

 

                (d)    disconnect and reconnect water piping as necessary to exchange, service or install an approved appliance and carry out the replacement necessary to complete the reconnection of controls and components forming part of the appliance, but may not alter, remove, repair or replace any cross-connection control devices or perform any additional plumbing work unless the Gas Fitter B holds a valid certificate of qualification in the plumber trade;

 

                (e)    perform maintenance on, service or replace a mechanical or electrical component or accessory;

 

                (f)    perform the tasks that are necessary to replace controls and components forming part of an appliance other than replacing a low water cut-off on a boiler with an operating pressure above 15 psi, but may not perform any additional steamfitting/pipefitting work unless the Gas Fitter B holds a valid certificate of qualification in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade;

 

                (g)    install, service, remove or replace components and accessories forming part of the gas-side of a refrigerating or air conditioning unit, but may not perform any additional work beyond the gas-side of the appliance unless the Gas Fitter B holds a valid certificate of qualification in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade;

 

                (h)    disconnect and reconnect electrical supply wiring in order to exchange, service or repair an approved appliance and carry out the replacement necessary to complete the reconnection of controls and components forming part of the appliance, but may not run wiring back to the panel or perform any additional electrical work related to the wiring of the appliance unless the Gas Fitter B holds a valid certificate of qualification in the construction electrician trade;

 

                (i)     install, repair, service, remove or replace the plenum connection or components forming part of the plenum connection in order to complete the installation of a natural gas or propane appliance, but may not perform any additional sheet metal work beyond the plenum connection unless the Gas Fitter B holds a valid certificate of qualification in the sheet metal worker trade.


Permitted activities for Gas Fitter A

9     A Gas Fitter A may perform all of the following activities on any natural gas or propane appliance:

 

                (a)    install, inspect, test, activate, purge, service, repair or remove a natural gas or propane appliance or any equipment or accessories essential to the operation of the appliance;

 

                (b)    install, inspect, test, activate, purge, service, repair, maintain or remove any piping or tubing or component in a piping or tubing system to an appliance downstream of a natural gas meter;

 

                (c)    install, inspect, test, activate, purge, service, repair, maintain or remove any piping or tubing or component in a piping or tubing system to an appliance or propane system, including installing or removing the propane supply container;

 

                (d)    install, inspect, service, remove, repair or replace any vent, vent connector, draft control device or other component in a gas-fired appliance venting system;

 

                (e)    disconnect and reconnect water piping as necessary to exchange, service or install an approved appliance and carry out the replacement necessary to complete the reconnection of controls and components forming part of the appliance, but may not alter, remove, repair, or replace any cross-connection control devices or perform any additional plumbing work unless the Gas Fitter A holds a valid certificate of qualification in the plumber trade;

 

                (f)    perform maintenance on, service or replace a mechanical or electrical component or accessory that is either part of an appliance or is essential to the operation of the appliance;

 

                (g)    perform the tasks that are necessary to replace controls and components forming part of an appliance other than replacing a low water cut-off on a boiler with an operating pressure above 15 psi, but may not perform any additional steam or pipefitting work unless the Gas Fitter A holds a valid certificate of qualification in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade;

 

                (h)    install, service, remove or replace components and accessories forming part of the gas-side of a refrigerating or air conditioning unit, but may not perform any additional work beyond the gas-side of the appliance unless the Gas Fitter A holds a valid certificate of qualification in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade;

 

                (i)     disconnect and reconnect electrical supply wiring in order to exchange, service or repair an approved appliance and carry out the replacement necessary to complete the reconnection of controls and components forming part of the appliance, but may not run wiring back to the panel or perform any additional electrical work related to the wiring of the appliance unless the Gas Fitter A holds a valid certificate of qualification in the construction electrician trade;

 

                (j)     install, repair, service, remove or replace the plenum connection or components forming part of the plenum connection in order to complete the installation of a natural gas or propane appliance, but may not perform any additional sheet metal work beyond the plenum connection unless the Gas Fitter A holds a valid certificate of qualification in the sheet metal worker trade;

 

                (k)    perform any functions that may be performed by the holder of a certificate of qualification in the Gas Fitter B trade.


Compliance with identity card requirements of General Regulations

10   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 gas fitter 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.


Transition

11   A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the Gas Fitter Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 3/1999, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.