Landscape Horticulturist Trade Regulations

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Landscape Horticulturist Trade Regulations
made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2012-55 (February 29, 2012), N.S. Reg. 57/2012


1     These regulations may be cited as the Landscape Horticulturist Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications ActGeneral Regulations made under the Act;


“hardscape” means the inanimate elements of a landscape, including precast concreteproducts, natural stone, wood, metals and other natural or fabricated materials usedin landscape structures, furnishings and features;


“landscape” means the lay of the land, including plants and other physical featuressuch as lawn or meadow areas, waterways, pavement, utilities and structures;


“landscape horticulturalist” means the occupation of a landscape horticulturist,consisting of laying out, preparing and maintaining a sustainable landscape, andincluding


                         (i)     installing and maintaining hardscape and softscape, and


                         (ii)    pre-installation activities, such as planning and organizing the installationand preparing the site;


“softscape” means the animate elements of a landscape, including soil, soilamendments, mulch, seed, turf and plant material used in the landscape.


       (2)    The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.

Term of apprenticeship for the landscape horticulturalist trade

3     The term of apprenticeship for the landscape horticulturist trade is 6000 hours ofcombined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director and acertification examination, and may include a probationary period of up to 3 months.

Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons

4     An employer in the landscape horticulturist trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1journeyperson to 2 apprentices, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied inaccordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.

Wage schedule

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage rate for each hour worked by anapprentice in the landscape horticulturist trade is a percentage of the wage for alandscape horticulturist journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out inthe following table:

Wages for Landscape Horticulturist Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)










       (2)    An employer must not employ a landscape horticulturist apprentice at a wage foractual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimumwage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the LabourStandards Code.

Certificate through trade qualification

6     For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, which authorizesthe Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person whodoes not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meetscertain requirements, 9000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required forthe landscape horticulturist trade.