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Alarm and Security Technician Trade Regulations
made under Section 17A of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
N.S. Reg. 203/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)
1 These trade regulations may be cited as the Alarm and Security Technician Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“alarm and security technician trade” means the occupation of an alarm and security technician, consisting of installing, adjusting, altering, inspecting, testing, activating, repairing and servicing security systems with voltages of 50 V or less, but not fire alarm systems, and including all of the following:
(i) analyzing security requirements and risks,
(ii) conducting a physical survey of the areas to be secured and their functions, and a survey of client behaviours and lifestyles,
(iii) designing the security system, including selecting input and output devices, any necessary control, monitoring, viewing or signal[l]ing equipment and any accessories essential to the operation of the equipment,
(iv) preparing for the system installation by reading the work order and checking the site drawings to confirm locations for the security equipment,
(v) confirming the availability of all third-party services such as telephone lines and power,
(vi) obtaining the tools, equipment and supplies required for installing a security system,
(vii) locating all shut-offs and conducting safety hazard assessments,
(viii) installing cable and wire terminations to all devices, equipment and system accessories as part of the installation of a security system,
(ix) programming on-site control equipment and conducting off-site programming, including downloading software,
(x) establishing the necessary records for off-site monitoring,
(xi) conducting post-installation follow-up, including system performance tests,
(xii) providing the customer with a system demonstration and operational training,
(xiii) performing both on-site and off-site tests and maintenance and maintaining a repair history;
“fire alarm system” means a control panel combined with detection devices, pull stations and alarm devices, all of which are separate from a security system and are required to meet the standards set out in the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations made under the Building Code Act;
“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;
“security system” includes all of the following:
(i) an intrusion alarm system,
(ii) an access control system,
(iii) a closed-circuit video system,
(iv) a remote signal[l]ing system connected to an alarm output from a fire alarm system or sprinkler system and any equipment or accessories essential to the operation of the remote signal[l]ing system.
(2) A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.
Term of apprenticeship for alarm and security technician trade
3 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the alarm and security technician trade consists of all of the following:
(a) 5400 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 alarm and security technician trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for alarm and security technician trade
4 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 alarm and security technician trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.
Wage schedule for apprentices in alarm and security technician trade
5 (1) Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by an alarm and security technician apprentice in each portion of levels 1 and 2 and in level 3 in their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for an alarm and security technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Alarm and Security Technician Apprentice
Level of Apprenticeship
Hours in Level or
Portion of Level
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ an alarm and security technician 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 alarm and security technician trade through trade qualification
6 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 alarm and security technician trade is 8100 hours.
Compliance with identity card requirements of General Regulations
7 For the purposes of Section 34 of the General Regulations, which requires an apprentice or journeyperson to keep their identity card in their possession when practising the designated trade and produce it on request, a person is practising the alarm and security technician 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.
8 A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the Alarm and Security Technician Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 186/2012, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.