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Ironworker Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
R.S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. 1999-149 (April 7, 1999), N.S. Reg. 35/99
as amended by O.I.C. 2001-296 (June 22, 2001), N.S. Reg. 79/2001

Citation
1 These regulations may be cited as the Ironworker Trade Regulations.

Definitions
2 In these regulations

(a) "Act" means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;

(b) "General Regulations" means regulations made by the Governor in Council under the authority of the Act that apply generally to all designated trades;

(c) "trade" means

(i) the fabrication, assembly, installation, hoisting, erecting, dismantling, reconditioning, adjustment, alteration, repair or service of all structural ironwork, precast and prestressed concrete, concrete reinforcing materials, ferrous and non-ferrous materials and other materials used in lieu thereof in curtain wall, ornamental and miscellaneous metal work,

(ii) the application of sealants to materials listed in subclause (i) where applicable, and

(iii) in relation to operations described in subclause (i), the

(A) movement and placement of machinery and heavy equipment,

(B) demolition and salvage of all types of construction, and

(C) reading and understanding of all shop and field drawings, including those taken from original architectural and engineering drawings,

but does not include the fabrication and assembly of materials in an industrial manufacturing plant.

Contract of apprentice[ship]
3 No person shall enter into a contract of apprenticeship either as or with an apprentice in the trade unless the person being apprenticed has successfully completed grade 12 or its equivalent in the course skills required by the trade.

Term of apprenticeship
4 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the trade is 6000 hours and shall include a probationary period, the minimum of which shall be 3 months and the maximum of which shall be 6 months.
Subsection 4(1) amended: O.I.C. 2001-296, N.S. Reg. 79/2001.

(2) Where apprentices have previous experience in the trade they may be granted a credit of not more than 2 years toward the completion of the apprenticeship term, such credit to be based on the results of an examination and a report from the previous employer(s).

Educational classes
5 (1) The Board shall, from time to time after consultation with the Director and advisory committee, prescribe the number and nature of educational classes to be attended by apprentices registered in the trade.

(2) Despite subsection (3), when an apprentice does not attend the prescribed classes for the trade, the practical experience gained after such a failure to attend shall not apply for the completion of the apprenticeship period until such time as the apprentice attends the prescribed classes.

(3) The Board in consultation with the Director may excuse an apprentice from attending the prescribed classes mentioned in subsection (1).

Examination for apprentices
6 An apprentice who has completed the term of apprenticeship set out in Section 4 and any educational classes required under Section 5 shall be eligible to be examined for a journeyperson’s certificate of qualification.

Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons
7 (1) Subject to subsection (2), every employer in the trade may employ one apprentice for every 4 journeypersons.

(2) The ratio of apprentices to journeypersons employed in an established place of employment may be varied from time to time, with the written approval of the Director, after consideration of the employment situation and the availability of certified journeypersons in the trade.

Working hours and conditions
8 Except as varied in these regulations, the working hours and conditions of work of an apprentice shall be the same as the working hours and conditions of work of a journeyperson in the same place of employment.

Wage schedule
9 (1) The Director shall not register a contract where the rate of pay is less than that set out in subsection (2) provided that in no case shall the rate be less than the current minimum rate set by the general minimum wage order.

(2) The wage schedule for the trade is as follows:

from 0 - 1000 hours, 60% of the journeyperson's rate in place of employment;
from 1001 - 2000 hours, 65% of the journeyperson's rate in place of employment;
from 2001 - 3000 hours, 70% of the journeyperson's rate in place of employment;
from 3001 - 4000 hours, 75% of the journeyperson's rate in place of employment;
from 4001 - 5000 hours, 80% of the journeyperson's rate in place of employment;
from 5001 - 6000 hours, 90% of the journeyperson's rate in place of employment.
Subsection 9(2) amended: O.I.C. 2001-296, N.S. Reg. 79/2001.

Record of experience
10 Apprentices must maintain a record of their practical on-the-job experience to assist in determining their progress in the trade and the correct wage percentage to which they are entitled.

Examination for persons employed
11 A person who

(a) has worked at the trade

(i) for not less than 9000 hours, or
Subclause 11(a)(i) amended: O.I.C. 2001-296, N.S. Reg. 79/2001.

(ii) for 8000 hours and has successfully completed a vocational training course approved by the Board; and
Subclause 11(a)(ii) amended: O.I.C. 2001-296, N.S. Reg. 79/2001.

(b) is recommended for journeyperson status by 2 persons who are competent in the trade or employ or supervise persons engaged in the trade and who have sufficient knowledge of the person to vouch for their skills and experience

is eligible to be examined for a journeyperson's certificate of qualification.