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Sprinkler System Installer 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. 194/2016
1 These trade regulations may be cited as the Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“emergency services” means the necessary work performed on a fixed fire protection system to restore the system to its pre-incident state following activation of the system as a result of an incident for which the system is designed;
“fixed fire protection system” means a stationary high- or low-pressure pipeline system that supplies water, foam, gases, air or any other substance or material for the purpose of extinguishing or preventing fire;
“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;
“routine maintenance” means lubricating control valve stems, adjusting packing glands on valves and pumps and bleeding moisture and condensation from air compressors, air lines and dry-pipe system auxiliary drains;
“sprinkler system installer trade” means the occupation of a sprinkler system installer, consisting of installing, inspecting, testing, maintaining and repairing fixed fire protection systems, but does not include work performed in an industrial or manufacturing facility that involves any of the following:
(i) repairing or maintaining a fixed fire protection system as a part of the routine maintenance of the system,
(ii) emergency services on a fixed fire protection system,
(iii) visually inspecting a fixed fire protection system,
(iv) pre-fabricating components of a fixed fire protection system in a permanent structure,
(v) installing and maintaining pre-engineered fixed automatic extinguishing systems for commercial cooking ventilation systems.
(2) A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.
Sprinkler system installer trade is compulsory certified trade
3 The sprinkler system installer trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.
Person other than sprinkler system installer performing work in the trade
4 A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the sprinkler system installer trade may perform work included in the definition of the sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer trade.
Term of apprenticeship for sprinkler system installer trade
6 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.
Wage schedule for apprentices in sprinkler system installer trade
8 (1) Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by a sprinkler system installer apprentice in each portion of a level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for a sprinkler system installer journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Sprinkler System Installer Apprentice
Level of Apprenticeship
Hours in Portion of
Level of Apprenticeship
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ a sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer trade is 10 800 hours.
Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in sprinkler system installer trade
10 (1) A certificate of qualification in the sprinkler system installer trade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.
(2) A certificate of qualification in the sprinkler system installer 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 an identity card in their possession when practising the designated trade and produce it on request, a person is practising the sprinkler system installer 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.
12 A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg 70/2014, the sprinkler system installer trade continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.