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Boilermaker 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. 186/2016
1 These trade regulations may be cited as the Boilermaker Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“boilermaker trade” means the occupation of a boilermaker in a heavy industrial establishment, consisting of assembling, erecting, repairing and testing field-assembled installations of all of the following:
(i) boilers and associated equipment,
(ii) pollution control equipment,
(iii) pressure vessels,
“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;
“heavy industrial establishment” includes a power plant, steel mill, heavy water plant, cement plant, oil refinery, chemical plant, incinerator plant, pulp and paper plant and any other establishment where an installation referred to in the definition of “boilermaker trade” is required.
(2) A term defined in the General Regulations has the same meaning when used in these regulations.
Boilermaker trade is compulsory certified trade
3 The boilermaker trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.
Person other than boilermaker performing work in trade
4 A person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the boilermaker trade may perform work included in the definition of the boilermaker 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 boilermaker 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 boilermaker trade.
Term of apprenticeship for boilermaker trade
6 (1) The term of apprenticeship for the boilermaker 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 boilermaker trade as permitted by subsection 12(2) of the General Regulations must be no longer than 3 months.
Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons for boilermaker 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 boilermaker trade, unless varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations, is 1 journeyperson to each apprentice.
Wage schedule for apprentices in boilermaker 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 boilermaker apprentice in each portion of a level of their term of apprenticeship is a percentage of the wage for a boilermaker journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Boilermaker Apprentice
Level of Apprenticeship
Hours in Portion of
Level of Apprenticeship
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ a boilermaker 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 boilermaker 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 boilermaker trade is 8100 hours.
Term and renewal of certificate of qualification in boilermaker trade
10 (1) A certificate of qualification in the boilermaker trade is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.
(2) A certificate of qualification in the boilermaker 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 boilermaker 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 Boilermaker Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 63/2009, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.