Plumber Trade Regulations

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Plumber Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2011-276 (July 19, 2011), N.S. Reg. 239/2011


1     These regulations may be cited as the Plumber Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


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


                (b)    “Code” means the latest issue of the National Plumbing Code of Canada published by the National Research Council of Canada, as amended or revised, or its successor code;


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


                (d)    “plumber trade” means the occupation of a plumber, consisting of designing, installing, altering and repairing piping systems in accordance with the Code, including all of the following piping systems:


                         (i)     drainage systems,


                         (ii)    venting systems,


                         (iii)   water supply systems,


                         (iv)   specialty piping systems,


                         (v)    potable water distribution systems,


                         (vi)   residential or commercial hot water heating systems that operate under pressure of up to and including 30 psi;


                         (vii)  sewage disposal systems.


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

Compulsory certified trade

3     The plumber trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than plumber 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 plumber trade may perform plumbing work if the person holds a certificate of qualification in another designated trade and the work to be performed comes within the scope of that other designated 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 plumber trade.

Term of apprenticeship for plumber trade

6     The term of apprenticeship for the plumber trade is 8000 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 plumber 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 a plumber apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a plumber journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Plumber Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)


















       (2)    An employer must not employ a plumber 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, 12 000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the plumber trade.

Renewal of certificate of qualification

10   A certificate of qualification is valid for the 5-year period set out in the certificate and may be renewed by the Director on application by the holder either before or after the certificate expires, on payment of the fee set out in the General Regulations.


11   A person who on the coming into force of these regulations is an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the regulations for the plumber trade, N.S. Reg. 168/77, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 77-1547 dated December 13, 1977, continues as an apprentice under these regulations.

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