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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic 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. 192/2016



Citation

1     These trade regulations may be cited as the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Trade Regulations.


Definitions

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;

 

“refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade” means the occupation of a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, consisting of diagnosing, repairing, installing, servicing and maintaining industrial, residential and commercial refrigeration systems, including, except as provided in subsection (2), all of the following:

 

                         (i)     air handling, cooling, heating, humidifying, ventilating and air exchange systems,

 

                         (ii)    air cleaning systems,

 

                         (iii)   cooling towers,

 

                         (iv)   evaporative condensers and heat pump equipment,

 

                         (v)    controls and control circuitry,

 

                         (vi)   freezers,

 

                         (vii)  freezer plants,

 

                         (viii) temperature-controlled containers,

 

                         (ix)   blast food freezing equipment,

 

                         (x)    ice-making equipment,

 

                         (xi)   automated controls,

 

                         (xii)  ultra-low-temperature applications,

 

                         (xiii) controlled environments,

 

                         (xiv) interconnected piping and accessories.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of these trade regulations, the occupation of refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic does not include diagnosing, repairing, installing, servicing or maintaining any of the following:

 

                (a)    refrigerated appliances manufactured primarily for residential use;

 

                (b)    reefer units and other refrigerated shipping containers, or the manufacture of those types of units and containers;

 

                (c)    residential humidifying and air exchange systems.

 

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


Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is compulsory certified trade

3     The refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.


Person other than refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic performing work in trade

4     A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade may perform work included in the definition of the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade.


Term of apprenticeship for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade

6     (1)    The term of apprenticeship for the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.


Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.


Wage schedule for apprentices in refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade

8     (1)    Subject to subsection (2) and to subsection 25(3) of the General Regulations, the minimum wage for each hour worked by a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprentice in each portion of a level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:


Wages for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprentice

Level of Apprenticeship

Hours in Portion of

Level of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)

1

0–900

45%

901–1800

50%

2

1801–2700

55%

2701–3600

60%

3

3601–4500

65%

4501–5400

70%

4

5401–6300

75%

6301–7200

80%

 

       (2)    An employer must not employ a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is 10 800 hours.


Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade

10   (1)    A certificate of qualification in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.

 

       (2)    A certificate of qualification in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade that is renewed in accordance with subsection 41(2) of the General Regulations is valid for a further term of 5 years from its most recent expiry date.


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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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.


Transition

12   A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 55/2012, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.