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Labour and Advanced Education:

Apprenticeship Registration and Certification

Who needs apprenticeship registration and/or certification?

In Nova Scotia, there are more than 65 trades that are designated under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act. Of these trades, a number are specified as compulsory certified. For a complete list of designated and compulsory certified trades in Nova Scotia, please visit the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency’s website.

To work in a compulsory certified trade, a certificate, temporary work permit or apprentice status is required. In non-compulsory trades, certification is not required. However, having it may assist you in securing employment.

Issuing Department / Agency:

N.S. Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

Where can you get more information?
  Phone Local: 902-424-5651
  Toll-free number: 1-800-494-5651 (valid in Nova Scotia)
  In Person: For contact information, please visit the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

Application Forms & Process:

Please contact the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and ask to speak to the Training Officer for your trade/region.

Waiting Period:


Expiry & Renewal:

For compulsory certified trades, certification is valid for five years and is renewable.

Price: (HST is included)

Please contact the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency for information about fees.

Related Requirements:

If an individual from another jurisdiction within Canada has a certificate in one of Nova Scotia’s designated trades and wishes to work in Nova Scotia, they may visit Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency's website for information.

Additional Information:

For more information about registering as an apprentice or obtaining certification in one of Nova Scotia's designated trades, please visit the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency's website.

Legislative Authority:

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations

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