Sheet Metal Worker Trade Regulations

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Sheet Metal Worker Trade Regulations
made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2014-183 (May 20, 2014), N.S. Reg. 71/2014



1     These regulations may be cited as the Sheet Metal Worker Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“breeching” means the horizontal portion of a combustion venting system used forexhausting fumes and gases;


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


“sheet metal worker” means the occupation of a sheet metal worker, consisting of,except as provided in subsection (2), all of the following:


                         (i)     manufacturing, fabricating, assembling, handling, erecting, installing,dismantling, reconditioning, adjusting, altering, repairing or servicing allferrous and nonferrous sheet metal work of No. 10 U.S. gauge or anyequivalent or lighter gauge, and all other materials used in place of thosematerials,


                         (ii)    reading and understanding shop and field sketches used in fabricatingand erecting sheet metal work, including those taken from originalarchitectural and engineering drawings or sketches.


       (2)    For the purposes of these regulations, the occupation of sheet metal worker does notinclude any of the following work:


                (a)    work on gutters, fascia, or metal studs;


                (b)    work related to installing siding, roofing, breeching or chimneys, regardless ofthe materials used;


                (c)    work performed by way of mass production.


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

Compulsory certified trade

3     The sheet metal worker trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than sheet metal worker 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 sheet metal worker trade mayperform sheet metal worker work if the person holds a certificate of qualification inanother designated trade and the work to be performed comes within the scope of thatother designated 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 thesheet metal worker trade.

Term of apprenticeship for sheet metal worker trade

6     The term of apprenticeship for the sheet metal worker trade is 8000 hours of combinedpractical experience and technical training approved by the Director, including aprobationary period of up to 3 months, and a certification examination.

Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons

7     An employer in the sheet metal worker trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1journeyperson to every 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 a sheet metalworker apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a sheet metal workerjourneyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Sheet Metal Worker Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)


















(2)   An employer must not employ a sheet metal worker apprentice at a wage for actual hoursworked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimum wage rateprescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the Labour StandardsCode.

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, 12 000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required forthe sheet metal worker trade.


10   A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was anapprentice in an apprenticeship program under the regulations respecting the sheet metalworker trade, N.S. Reg. 9/62, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council datedFebruary 21, 1962, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under theseregulations.