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Sheet Metal Worker Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
R.S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. dated February 21, 1962, N.S. Reg. 9/62
as amended by O.I.C. 96-268 (April 16, 1996), N.S. Reg. 75/96

1 In these regulations

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

(b) "sheet metal worker trade" means the work performed by sheet metal workers on the alteration and construction of buildings, ships, aircraft and boats, and railway and automotive equipment.

2 These regulations apply to the trade in the areas which the Minister may specify from time to time.

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 twelve or its equivalent in the course skills required by the trade/occupation.
Section 3 replaced: O.I.C. 96-268, N.S. Reg. 75/96.

4 (1) The term of apprenticeship training in the sheet metal worker trade is four years including a probationary period of not more than three months.

(2) Where an apprentice has previous experience in the trade, the Director, on the basis of a written examination and a report from previous employers, may grant a credit not exceeding two years towards the completion of the apprenticeship term.

(3) Subject to subsections (4) and (5), where an apprentice has completed a course of instruction approved by the Minister in a vocational or technical school he is entitled to a credit of one year towards the completion of his apprenticeship term.

(4) Where under subsection (3) a credit is granted to an apprentice, the Director may after the apprentice has completed not less than three months' permanent employment, increase or diminish this credit basing his discretion upon a recommendation from the employer, the recommendation of the school from which the apprentice graduated, and the finding of the Examining Board.

(5) An increase in credit may be granted under subsection (4) for any period not exceeding twelve months and shall be retroactive to the first day of permanent employment.

(6) Where an apprentice comes from another province in Canada to Nova Scotia he is to be granted a credit equal to that to which he is entitled in the province from which he comes, the decision to be based on information received from the Director of Apprenticeship of the province from which he came, and also from the former employers.

5 Every employer in the sheet metal worker trade may, subject to the approval of the Director, employ one apprentice for the first journeyman sheet metal worker and thereafter such further apprentices at the ratio of one apprentice to three journeymen.

6 Except as varied by 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 journeyman on the job where the apprentice is employed.

7 (1) The Director shall not register a contract of apprenticeship that provides that the apprentice shall receive a wage at a rate lower than the following rates:

for the first six months, 50% of the journeyman's rate;
for the second six months, 55% of the journeyman's rate;
for the third six months, 60% of the journeyman's rate;
for the fourth six months, 65% of the journeyman's rate;
for the fifth six months, 75% of the journeyman's rate;
for the sixth six months, 80% of the journeyman's rate;
for the seventh six months, 85% of the journeyman's rate;
for the eighth six months, 90% of the journeyman's rate.

(2) Where the term "six months" is used in subsection (1) it means the period required to satisfactorily complete six months of apprenticeship training.

8 Where an apprentice fails to pass the prescribed yearly test, he shall attend at least 85% of the prescribed classes during the next ensuing year, and where an apprentice fails to do so without justification, the Director may consider this sufficient cause for the cancellation of the apprenticeship agreement.

9 When an apprentice fails to pass the prescribed yearly test for two years in succession, the Director may consider this sufficient cause for the cancellation of the apprenticeship agreement.

10 The course of training shall be as laid down by the Director, who may from time to time, after consultation with the trade, prescribe the number and nature of educational classes to be attended by apprentices registered in the trade.

11 When an apprentice is issued a certificate of apprenticeship in accordance with subsection (2), Section 19 of the General Regulations, he is also to receive a certificate of qualification.

12 An apprentice shall have a satisfactory kit of basic tools by the end of the first six months of his apprenticeship, and shall continue to secure additions to this kit according to the demands of his work.

[Please note: the trade name has been amended to comply with the Trade Names Equivalency Regulations, O.I.C. 97-564, N.S. Reg. 113/97.]