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Welder Trade Regulations made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. 2004-347 (August 26, 2004), N.S. Reg. 200/2004
1 These regulations may be cited as the Welder Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
(a) "General Regulations" means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations; and
(b) "welder trade" means the occupation of a welder, which consists of laying out, fabricating, repairing, installing and modifying metal assemblies, and includes the use of plastic materials to carry out these undertakings.
(2) The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations unless the context otherwise requires.
Term of apprenticeship
3 (1) The term of apprenticeship for completing the apprenticeship program, which for greater certainty is defined in the General Regulations as comprising the practical experience, technical training and certification examination, for the welder trade is 6000 hours.
(2) The term of apprenticeship for the welder trade includes a probation period of not less than 3 months and not more than 6 months.
4 The wage rate for an apprentice in the welder trade must not be less than
(a) from 0 to 2000 hours of the term of apprenticeship, 65% of the journeyperson’s rate in the place of employment;
(b) from 2001 to 4000 hours of the term of apprenticeship, 75% of the journeyperson’s rate in the place of employment;
(c) from 4001 to 6000 hours of the term of apprenticeship, 90% of the journeyperson’s rate in the place of employment.
Certificate through trade qualification
5 For the purpose of Section 30 of the General Regulations, under which the Director may issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship if the person applies and meets certain requirements,
(a) the period of employment in the welder trade is 7200 hours; and
(b) demonstration of competence in the tasks of the welder trade must include
(i) proof that the person holds current or expired tickets issued by a recognized licensing body in the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process for the vertical, flat, horizontal and overhead positions,
(ii) documentation of the person’s experience in one of the following processes:
(A) gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) for the vertical, flat, horizontal and overhead positions,
(B) gas metal arc welding (GMAW) for the vertical, flat, horizontal and overhead positions, or
(C) flux cored arc welding (FCAW) for the vertical, flat and horizontal positions,
(iii) documentation of the person’s experience in high pressure pipe welding using the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process, and
(iv) proof that the person has had acceptable technical training, such as CWB 47.1/59 Standards training provided by the Welding Institute of Canada.
6 (1) In this Section, "previous welder trade regulations" means the regulations respecting the welder trade made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 89-1040 dated September 12, 1989.
(2) A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the previous welder trade regulations
(a) to become a Class "C" welder or a Class "B" welder may continue in that apprenticeship program for not more than 2 years from the date on which these regulations come into force; or
(b) to become a Class "C" welder, Class "B" welder or Class "A" welder may continue as an apprentice in the apprenticeship program in accordance with these regulations.
(3) The Director may issue a welder’s Class "C" or Class "B" certificate of qualification to a person referred to in clause (2)(a) who completes the apprenticeship program under the previous welder trade regulations within the 2-year limit prescribed in clause (2)(a).
(4) The Director may grant credits to a person referred to in clause (2)(b) for their training and experience in the apprenticeship program under the previous welder trade regulations.