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Steamfitter/Pipefitter 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. 195/2016


1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Steamfitter/Pipefitter Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;


“steamfitter/pipefitter trade” means the occupation of a steamfitter/pipefitter, consisting of fabricating, installing, altering, maintaining and repairing any type of residential, commercial or industrial piping system, including all of the following:


                         (i)     hot liquid systems,


                         (ii)    high- and low-pressure steam systems,


                         (iii)   boilers and controls for boilers,


                         (iv)   control and indicating devices systems,


                         (v)    heating and cooling systems,


                         (vi)   heat exchanger systems,


                         (vii)  process systems,


                         (viii) power plant systems,


                         (ix)   compressed gas systems,


                         (x)    vacuum, pneumatic and hydraulic systems,


                         (xi)   fire protection systems other than sprinkler systems,


                         (xii)  flue gases systems,


                         (xiii) water treatment systems.


       (2)    A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.

Steamfitter/pipefitter trade is compulsory certified trade

3     The steamfitter/pipefitter trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than steamfitter/pipefitter performing work in trade

4     A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade may perform work included in the definition of the steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter trade, but only if


                (a)    the person who is the subject of the application is an employee of an industrial or process plant and is trained to perform maintenance functions; and


                (b)    the work being performed involves repairing or modifying a piping system as a component of the regular maintenance of the system.

Term of apprenticeship for steamfitter/pipefitter trade

6     (1)    The term of apprenticeship for the steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.

Wage schedule for apprentices in steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice in each portion of a level of their term of an apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for a steamfitter/pipefitter journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Portion of

Level of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)






















       (2)    An employer must not employ a steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter trade is 10 800 hours.

Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in steamfitter/pipefitter trade

10   (1)    A certificate of qualification in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.


       (2)    A certificate of qualification in the steamfitter/pipefitter 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 steamfitter/pipefitter 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 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 240/2011, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.