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Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Trade Regulations

made under Section 17A of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

N.S. Reg. 224/2016 (October 5, 2016, effective April 1, 2017)


1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Metal Fabricator (Fitter) 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;


“manufacturing facility” includes a facility in which the manufacture and assembly of metal parts is carried out before delivery of the parts to the point of final installation;


“metal fabricator (fitter) trade” means the occupation of metal fabricator (fitter), consisting of laying out, cutting, fitting, tacking and fabricating structural steel, plate and miscellaneous metals for use in manufacturing and construction industries, and 1 or both of the following:


                         (i)     making and repairing metal parts in a manufacturing facility for use in constructing buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels, ships and other structures and products,


                         (ii)    assembling and fitting metal sections and plates together to form complete units or sub-units, such as frames, plates, girders and chutes, to be used later in the assembly process.


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

Term of apprenticeship for metal fabricator (fitter) trade

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

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for metal fabricator (fitter) trade

4     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), 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 metal fabricator (fitter) trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to every 3 apprentices.


       (2)    In order for an employer to maintain the minimum ratio of 1 metal fabricator (fitter) journeyperson to every 3 apprentices, at least 1 of the apprentices must be in the final level of their term of apprenticeship.

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

Wages for Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Level

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)











       (2)    An employer must not employ a metal fabricator (fitter) 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 metal fabricator (fitter) 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 metal fabricator (fitter) 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 metal fabricator (fitter) 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 journeXyperson, 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 Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 9/2014, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.