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Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change

Pump Installer Certificate of Qualification

Who Needs This Certificate of Qualification?

Anyone who wants to hold themselves out as water well pump installer on any property which that person does not own or lease.

Issuing Department / Agency:
  Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change
Where can you get further information?
Where can you get further information?
    Any Regional or District Office of Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change
Application Forms & Process:

You can get an application form for this Certificate by downloading a form or by contacting the Central Regional Office as listed above. After completing the form, submit it and the appropriate fee to the above address.

Applicants for this certification must meet certain requirements, please see Additional Information below.

The application is reviewed and the applicant will then be invited to attend an interview with the On-site Advisory Board. At the end of the interview, an exam will be given. (Oral examinations are available to those who require them.) If all requirements are met and the examination is passed, the applicant will receive their certification by mail approximately within 30 days.

Applications which have had no follow up in 12 months will expire.

Expiry & Renewal:
  This certificate is valid until December 31 of the year in which it is issued. It must be renewed annually. A renewal notice will be sent out prior to expiration to all current certificate holders. A renewal form can be downloaded by clicking here.
Price: (No tax is charged)

New Application & Renewal Fees:

  • $58.30 for Class II Pump Installers
  • $116.65 for Class I Pump Installers

Please make cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance.

Related Requirements:

In preparation for the exam, study material can be obtained from the Nova Scotia Ground Water Association. For re-certification each pump installer must collect 100 continuing education points over a four year period in order to remain qualified to hold a certificate of qualification. See Nova Scotia Ground Water Association website for details.

Applicant must provide valid Commercial Liability Insurance.

Registration with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks Companies, if applicable.

Additional Information:
  The applicant must:
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Class II Certificate - have no less than 3000 hours of work experience, supervised by a certified pump installer, installing water pumps of 1 ½ HP or under single-phase motor driven;
    Class I Certificate - have no less than 1000 hours of work experience, supervised by a certified Class I pump installer, installing industrial or commercial water pumps of over 1½ HP single- or multi-phase driven while a holder of a Class II pump installer certificate;
  • Successfully complete a written or verbal test of competence in pump installation and demonstrate a working knowledge of the Well Construction Regulations; and
  • Submit the appropriate fee as indicated above.
Certificate Classes:
  • Class I Pump Installers are licensed to work on all water well pumps.

  • Class II Pump Installers are licensed to work on only single-phased motor driven pumps up to 1½ HP for water wells.

Requests for accommodation can be emailed to

Legislative Authority:
  Environment Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95, Chapter 1, Well Construction Regulations

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