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Cook Trade Regulations
made under Section 17A of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
N.S. Reg. 208/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)
1 These trade regulations may be cited as the Cook Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“cook trade” means the occupation of a cook, consisting of implementing the knowledge and skills necessary to do the following:
(i) prepare, cook and serve food for public consumption using appropriate methods in accordance with industry standards, safety requirements, safe work practices and health regulations,
(ii) determine the cost of providing menu items and food services;
“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 cook trade
3 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the cook 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 cook trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for cook 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 cook trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to every 2 apprentices.
Wage schedule for apprentices in cook 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 cook apprentice in each level in their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for a cook journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Cook Apprentice
Level of Apprenticeship
Hours in Level of Apprenticeship
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ a cook 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 cook 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 cook 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 cook 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 Cook Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 298/2009, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.