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Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) Trade Regulations made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
R.S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. 2000-293 (June 1, 2000), N.S. Reg. 104/2000
1 These regulations may be cited as the Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations
(a) "Act" means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
(b) "engaged" means employed or hired for remuneration;
(c) "General Regulations" means regulations made by the Governor in Council under the authority of the Act that apply generally to all designated trades;
(d) "journeyperson” means a person who has acquired the knowledge and skills in the trade as attested to by a provincial or territorial authority;
(e) "lather (interior systems mechanic) trade” or “trade” means the work performed in the construction, repair or alteration of a building or part of a building and includes
(i) preparing wall and ceiling layouts,
(ii) installing metal framing support for walls and ceilings,
(iii) installing drywall,
(iv) installing suspended ceilings,
(v) finishing walls and ceilings, taping and filling,
(vi) installing and applying insulation and vapour sealants,
(vii) installing acoustical and thermal sealants,
(viii) applying lath for plaster,
(ix) installing raised access floors,
(x) installing exterior wall panels,
(xi) erecting demountable partitions systems,
(xii) fire proofing.
(2) Unless the context otherwise requires, words defined in the Act or General Regulations have the same meaning when used in these regulations.
Contract of apprenticeship
3 No person shall enter into a contract of apprenticeship either as or with an apprentice in the trade unless the person being apprenticed
(a) is 16 years of age or older;
(b) has successfully completed grade 12 or its equivalent in the course skills required by the trade; and
(c) is in good physical condition as evidenced by a medical certificate issued by a duly qualified medical practitioner entitled to practice medicine in the Province.
Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons
4 (1) Subject to subsection (2), an employer in the trade may employ 1 apprentice in the trade for each journeyperson who is employed by the employer.
(2) The ratio of apprentices to journeypersons employed by an employer in the trade may be varied with the prior written approval of the Director, where the Director has determined that the variation is required because of the employment situation and the availability of certified journeypersons in the trade.
Terms of apprenticeship
5 The term of apprenticeship for the trade is 6000 hours (3 years) of technical and practical experience and shall include a maximum probationary period of 6 months.
6 (1) The wage of an apprentice shall be no less than is prescribed in the following wage schedule and shall include the increase to which the apprentice is entitled upon successful completion (both the technical and practical, as required) of each 6 month period:
during the first 6 months at 50% of the journeyperson’s rate;
during the second 6 months at 60% of the journeyperson’s rate;
during the third 6 months at 65% of the journeyperson’s rate;
during the fourth 6 months at 70% of the journeyperson’s rate;
during the fifth 6 months at 80% of the journeyperson’s rate;
during the sixth 6 months at 90% of the journeyperson’s rate.
(2) Where the term “6 months” is used in subsection (1), it means the period required to satisfactorily complete 1000 hours (6 months) of apprenticeship training.
Examination for persons employed
7 A person other than a registered apprentice who
(a) satisfies the requirements of clauses 19(1)(b) and (c) of the General Regulations; and
(b) produces evidence to prove 5 years or 10 000 hours of practical experience engaged in the trade or 4 years or 8000 hours of practical experience including successful completion of a technical training course in the trade, approved by the Director,
is eligible to be examined for a journeyperson’s certificate of qualification in the trade.