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Boat Builder Trade Regulations

made under Section 17A of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

N.S. Reg. 206/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)


1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Boat Builder Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“boat” means a recreational or small commercial vessel that is used solely or partly to navigate in, on, through or immediately above water using any method of propulsion, including wind or muscular power, and includes such a vessel that is under construction;


“boat builder trade” means the occupation of a boat builder, consisting of constructing and repairing boats and including all of the following:


                         (i)     selecting, using and maintaining hand tools,


                         (ii)    selecting, using and maintaining portable power tools,


                         (iii)   operating stationary power tools,


                         (iv)   dismantling, inspecting, replacing and assembling boat equipment and boat parts,


                         (v)    installing internal and external boat hardware fittings,


                         (vi)   building boat frameworks,


                         (vii)  building interior support structures for boats,


                         (viii) installing insulation in boats;


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


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

Term of apprenticeship for boat builder trade

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

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for boat builder 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 boat builder trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to every 4 apprentices.

Wage schedule for apprentices in boat builder trade

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by a boat builder apprentice in each level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for a boat builder journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Boat Builder Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Level of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)











       (2)    An employer must not employ a boat builder 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 boat builder 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 boat builder trade is 9450 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 boat builder 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 Boat Builder Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 228/2013, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.