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Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
R.S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. 82-516 (April 20, 1982), N.S. Reg. 84/82
as amended by O.I.C. 96-268 (April 16, 1996), N.S. Reg. 75/96

1 (1) In these regulations

(a) "engaged" means employed for hire or remuneration;

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

(c) "sprinkler system installer trade" or "trade" means the work performed by a journeyman in the

(i) assembling, installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining of high-pressure or low- pressure pipeline systems for supplying of water, foam, gasses, air piping or any other substance or material for the purpose of extinguishing and preventing fire; hereto referred to as fire protection, or

(ii) installing and repairing of outside services when these services are for fire protection use, or

(iii) examining of drawings and specifications of sprinkler and fire protection systems or installations, or

(iv) installing or repairing of fire protection and fire control systems (either by hand or power equipment) all piping or tubing and appurtenances or equipment pertaining thereto, as well as standpipes and hose connections (when installed in connection with sprinkler systems) to sprinkler supply mains, sprinkler tank heaters, fire extinguishers, air lines and thermal systems used in connection with sprinkler alarm systems (excepting electrical alarm systems) and all tanks, pumps and air compressors with respect thereto, and other fixed systems used for fire protection purposes, or

(v) connecting of equipment and fittings to piping systems related to sprinkler and fire protection installation, or

(vi) testing of sprinkler and fire protection systems for leaks with air or liquid pressure.

(2) Unless the context otherwise requires, words defined in the Act or General Regulations have the same meaning when used in these regulations.

2 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 2 replaced: O.I.C. 96-268, N.S. Reg. 75/96.

3 The term of apprenticeship for the trade is four (4) years.

4 The wage of an apprentice shall be no less than is prescribed in the following wage schedule and shall include the increases to which the apprentice is entitled on successful completion of each six month period:

during the first six months at 40% of the journeyman's rate;
during the second six months at 50% of the journeyman's rate;
during the third six months at 55% of the journeyman's rate;
during the fourth six months at 60% of the journeyman's rate;
during the fifth six months at 65% of the journeyman's rate;
during the sixth six months at 70% of the journeyman's rate;
during the seventh six months at 75% of the journeyman's rate;
during the eighth six months at 80% of the journeyman's rate.

5 (a) An employer in the trade shall not employ more than one apprentice for each certified journeyman sprinkler-fitter [system installer] in his employ.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the ratio of apprentices to journeyman employed by an employer in the trade may be varied from time to time with the approval of the Director after consideration of the employment situation and the availability of certified journeymen in the trade.

6 A person who

(a) satisfies the requirements of Section 19 of the General Regulations; and

(b) has been engaged in the trade for six (6) years, or for five (5) years if the applicant has successfully completed a vocational training course approved by the Director,

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

[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.]