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 QualificationsAct General Regulations made under the Act;
(c) “oil heat system technician trade” means the occupation of an oil burnermechanic, consisting of installing, repairing and maintaining oil-burning andoil-combination-burning equipment and appliances that utilize up to andincluding grade No. 2 oil, waste oil or biofuels for heat production inresidential 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 distributionsystems,
(v) oil-fired hot-water system components and controls in residentialapplications only,
(vi) venting for exhaust gases to a chimney or flue together with draftregulators and controls,
(vii) wiring for associated control components and safety devices, and
(viii) connection to an adjacent power supply that is fed from a dedicatedfurnace 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 acertificate recognized by the Director to practice a compulsory certified trade, a personwho does not hold a certificate of qualification in the oil heat system technician trade mayperform oil heat system technician work if theperson holds a certificate of qualification inanother 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 anexemption from the application of subsections 22(2) and (3) of the Act is permitted for theoil 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 ofcombined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director, including aprobationary 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 1journeyperson to each apprentice, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied inaccordance 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 apprenticein the oil heat system technician trade is a percentage of the wage for an oil heatsystem technician journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in thefollowing table:
Wages for Oil Heat System Technician Apprentice
Hours in Term of Apprenticeship
Minimum Wage (% ofjourneyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ an oil heat system technician 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
9 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 oil heat system technician trade.
10 A person who on the coming into force of these regulations is an apprentice in anapprenticeship program under the regulations for the oil burner installer and maintenancemechanic trade (formerly the oil burner mechanic trade), N.S. Reg. 164/92, made by theGovernor in Council by Order in Council 92-767 dated July 28, 1992, continues as anapprentice under these regulations.