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Bricklayer 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. 187/2016


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


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“air barrier” means material used in the exterior part of a structure to retard the passage of air;


“bricklayer trade” means the occupation of a bricklayer, consisting of


                         (i)     constructing, erecting, installing, maintaining and repairing walls, floors, arches, pavings, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks and other structures with brick, stone, precast masonry panels, glass block, light-weight insulated panels, insulation and other masonry units,


                         (ii)    applying air barriers, waterproofing and refractory materials;


“cavity wall” means a wall built of masonry arranged to provide a continuous air space of 50 to 75 mm (2 to 3 in.);


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


“insulation” means material with above-average thermal resistance that inhibits the flow of heat and is installed in a cavity wall;


“light-weight insulated panel” means a panel that is made of refractory material and used for fire control;


“masonry” means bricks, tiles that are at least 5.08 cm (2 in.) thick, stones, manufactured stones, concrete units, or a combination of these materials, bonded with mortar;


“refractory material” means a substance capable of enduring high temperatures that is installed in high-temperature boilers, fireplaces, chimneys, furnaces, tanks and vessels;


“waterproofing” means a coating used to treat the surface of a substrate, preventing liquid from entering but allowing water to move to outside the substrate and evaporate.


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

Bricklayer trade is compulsory certified trade

3     The bricklayer trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than bricklayer performing work in trade

4     A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the bricklayer trade may perform work included in the definition of the bricklayer 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 bricklayer 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 bricklayer trade.

Term of apprenticeship for bricklayer trade

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

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

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

Wages for Bricklayer Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Portion of

Level of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)

















       (2)    An employer must not employ a bricklayer 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 bricklayer 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 bricklayer trade is 8100 hours.

Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in bricklayer trade

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


       (2)    A certificate of qualification in the bricklayer 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 bricklayer 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 trade regulations respecting the bricklayer trade, N.S. Reg. 78/1971, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.