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 for exhausting fumes and gases;


“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General 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 all ferrous and nonferrous sheet metal work of No. 10 U.S. gauge or any equivalent or lighter gauge, and all other materials used in place of those materials,


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


       (2)    For the purposes of these regulations, the occupation of sheet metal worker does not include any of the following work:


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


                (b)    work related to installing siding, roofing, breeching or chimneys, regardless of the 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 a certificate recognized by the Director to practice a compulsory certified trade, a person who does not hold a certificate of qualification in the sheet metal worker trade may perform sheet metal worker 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 sheet 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 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 apprentices to journeypersons

7     An employer in the sheet metal worker trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to every 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 sheet metal worker apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a sheet metal worker journeyperson 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 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 sheet metal worker trade.


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

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