Oil Heat System Technician Trade Regulations

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Oil Heat System Technician Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2011-278 (July 19, 2011), N.S. Reg. 241/2011


1     These regulations may be cited as the Oil Heat System Technician Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


(a)“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


                (b)    “General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;


                (c)    “oil heat system technician trade” means the occupation of an oil burner mechanic, consisting of installing, repairing and maintaining oil-burning and oil-combination-burning equipment and appliances that utilize up to and including grade No. 2 oil, waste oil or biofuels for heat production in residential or commercial applications, and work in relation to the following:


                         (i)     fuel supply lines,


                         (ii)    burners and waste oil burners,


                         (iii)   oil-supply burner pumps,


                         (iv)   domestic oil-fired hot-water heaters, but not potable water distribution systems,


                         (v)    oil-fired hot-water system components and controls in residential applications only,


                         (vi)   venting for exhaust gases to a chimney or flue together with draft regulators and controls,


                         (vii)  wiring for associated control components and safety devices, and


                         (viii) connection to an adjacent power supply that is fed from a dedicated furnace emergency shut-off switch;


                (d)    “residential applications” means single family dwellings or duplexes.


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

Compulsory certified trade

3     The oil heat system technician trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than an oil heat system technician performing work in the trade

4     For the purposes of clause 22(2)(e) of the Act, which allows a person who holds a certificate recognized by the Director to practice a compulsory certified trade, a person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the oil heat system technician trade may perform oil heat system technician work if theperson holds a certificate of qualification in another trade, and the work to be performed comes within the scope of that other trade.

Exemption application under General Regulations permitted

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 oil heat system technician trade.

Term of apprenticeship for oil heat system technician trade

6     The term of apprenticeship for the oil heat system technician trade is 6000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director, including a probationary period of up to 3 months, and a certification examination.

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices

7     An employer in the oil heat system technician trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to each apprentice, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.

Wage schedule for apprentices

8     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by an apprentice in the oil heat system technician trade is a percentage of the wage for an oil heat system technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Oil Heat System Technician Apprentice

Hours in Term of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage (% of journeyperson’s wage)














       (2)    An employer must not employ an oil heat system technician 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 through trade qualification

9     For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, which authorizes the Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meets certain requirements, 9000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the oil heat system technician trade.


10   A person who on the coming into force of these regulations is an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the regulations for the oil burner installer and maintenance mechanic trade (formerly the oil burner mechanic trade), N.S. Reg. 164/92, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 92-767 dated July 28, 1992, continues as an apprentice under these regulations.

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