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Insulator (Heat and Frost) Trade Regulations

made under Section 17A of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

N.S. Reg. 215/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)


1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Insulator (Heat and Frost) 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;


“insulator (heat and frost) trade” means the occupation of an insulator (heat and frost), consisting of work performed in manufacturing, fabricating, assembling, moulding, handling, erecting, spraying, pouring, mixing, hanging, preparing, applying, adjusting, altering, repairing, dismantling, reconditioning, testing, and maintaining insulating materials, and includes all of the following:


                         (i)     handling or distributing insulating materials on job premises,


                         (ii)    operating equipment and tools necessary for the trade,


                         (iii)   applying pipe and boiler coverings,


                         (iv)   insulating hot and cold surfaces such as ducts and flues,


                         (v)    abating and removing asbestos,


                         (vi)   applying all protective covering required on insulation materials.


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

Term of apprenticeship for insulator (heat and frost) trade

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

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for insulator (heat and frost) 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 insulator (heat and frost) trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.

Wage schedule for apprentices in insulator (heat and frost) 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 insulator (heat and frost) apprentice in each level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for an insulator (heat and frost) journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Insulator (Heat and Frost) Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Level

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)














       (2)    An employer must not employ an insulator (heat and frost) 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 insulator (heat and frost) 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 insulator (heat and frost) trade is 10 800 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 insulator (heat and frost) 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 Insulator (Heat and Frost) Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 105/2000, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.