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Oil Heat System Technician 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. 190/2016
1 These trade regulations may be cited as the Oil Heat System Technician 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;
“oil heat system technician trade” means the occupation of an oil heat system technician, consisting of installing, repairing and maintaining oil-burning and oil-combination-burning equipment and appliances that utilize up to and including grade No. 2 oil, waste oil or biofuels for heat production in residential applications or commercial applications, and work in relation to the following:
(i) fuel supply lines,
(ii) burners and waste oil burners,
(iii) oil-supply burner pumps,
(iv) domestic oil-fired hot-water heaters, but not potable water distribution systems,
(v) oil-fired hot-water system components and controls in residential applications only,
(vi) venting for exhaust gases to a chimney or flue together with draft regulators and controls,
(vii) wiring for associated control components and safety devices, and
(viii) connection to an adjacent power supply that is fed from a dedicated furnace emergency shut-off switch;
“residential applications” means single family dwellings or duplexes.
(2) A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.
Oil heat system technician trade is compulsory certified trade
3 The oil heat system technician trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.
Person other than oil heat system technician performing work in trade
4 A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the oil heat system technician trade may perform work included in the definition of the oil heat system technician 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 oil heat system technician 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 oil heat system technician trade.
Term of apprenticeship for oil heat system technician trade
6 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the oil heat system technician 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 oil heat system technician trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for oil heat system technician 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 oil heat system technician trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.
Wage schedule for apprentices in oil heat system technician trade
8 (1) Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by an oil heat system technician apprentice in each portion of a level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for an oil heat system technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Oil Heat System Technician Apprentice
Level of Apprenticeship
Hours in Portion of
Level of Apprenticeship
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ an oil heat system technician 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 oil heat system technician 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 oil heat system technician trade is 8100 hours.
Term and non-renewal of certificate of qualification in oil heat system technician trade
10 (1) A certificate of qualification in the oil heat system technician trade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.
(2) A certificate of qualification in the oil heat system technician trade may not be renewed.
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 oil heat system technician 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 Oil Heat System Technician Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 241/2011, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.