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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Trade Regulations
made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. 2012-53 (February 29, 2012), N.S. Reg. 55/2012
1 These regulations may be cited as the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;
“refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic” means the occupation of a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, consisting of diagnosing, repairing, installing, servicing and maintaining industrial, residential and commercial refrigeration systems, including, except as provided in subsection (2), all of the following:
(i) air handling, cooling, heating, humidification, ventilation and air exchange systems,
(ii) air cleaning systems,
(iii) cooling towers,
(iv) evaporative condensers and heat pump equipment,
(v) controls and control circuitry,
(vii) freezer plants,
(viii) temperature-controlled containers,
(ix) blast food freezing,
(x) ice-making equipment,
(xi) automated controls,
(xii) ultra-low-temperature applications,
(xiii) controlled environments,
(xiv) interconnected piping and accessories.
(2) For the purposes of these regulations, the occupation of refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic does not include diagnosing, repairing, installing, servicing or maintaining any of the following:
(a) refrigerated appliances manufactured primarily for residential use;
(b) reefer units and other refrigerated shipping containers, or the manufacture of those types of units and containers;
(c) residential humidification and air exchange systems.
(3) The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.
Compulsory certified trade
3 The refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.
Person other than refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 practise a compulsory certified trade, a person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade may perform refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic work if the person 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade.
Term of apprenticeship for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade
6 The term of apprenticeship for the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is 8000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director and a certification examination, and may include a probationary period of up to 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices
7 An employer in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is a percentage of the wage for a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprentice
Hours in Term
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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 refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic 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, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the trade regulations for the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade, N.S. Reg. 33/80, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 80-295 dated March 4, 1980, continues as an apprentice under these regulations.