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Ironworker (Reinforcing) Trade Regulations
made under Section 17A of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
N.S. Reg. 217/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)
1 These trade regulations may be cited as the Ironworker (Reinforcing) 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;
“ironworker (reinforcing) trade” means the occupation of an ironworker (reinforcing), consisting of all of the following, but not including fabricating and assembling materials in an industrial manufacturing plant:
(i) reading and understanding all shop and field drawings, including those taken from original architectural and engineered drawings,
(ii) cutting, bending, laying out, placing and welding reinforcing steel rods according to design specifications and drawings,
(iii) rigging, erecting, installing and assembling reinforcing bars, welded wire fabric and pre-stressed and post-tension cables in reinforced concrete structures.
(2) A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.
Term of apprenticeship for ironworker (reinforcing) trade
3 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the ironworker (reinforcing) trade consists of all of the following:
(a) 3600 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 ironworker (reinforcing) trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for ironworker (reinforcing) 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 ironworker (reinforcing) trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.
Wage schedule for apprentices in ironworker (reinforcing) 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 ironworker (reinforcing) apprentice in each portion of a level in their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for an ironworker (reinforcing) journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Ironworker (Reinforcing) Apprentice
Level of Apprenticeship
Hours in Portion of
Level of Apprenticeship
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ an ironworker (reinforcing) 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 ironworker (reinforcing) 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 in the ironworker (reinforcing) trade and is applying for a certificate of qualification is 5400 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 ironworker (reinforcing) 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 Ironworker (Reinforcing) Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 224/2013, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.