Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulations

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Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2014-182 (May 20, 2014), N.S. Reg. 70/2014


1     These regulations may be cited as the Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“emergency services” means the necessary work performed on a fixed fire protection system to restore the system to its pre-incident state following activation of the system as a result of an incident for which the system is designed;


“fixed fire protection system” means a stationary high- or low-pressure pipeline system that supplies water, foam, gases, air or any other substance or material for the purpose of extinguishing or preventing fire;


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


“routine maintenance” means lubricating control valve stems, adjusting packing glands on valves and pumps, and bleeding moisture and condensation from air compressors, air lines and dry-pipe system auxiliary drains;


“sprinkler system installer trade” means the occupation of a sprinkler system installer, consisting of installing, inspecting, testing, maintaining and repairing fixed fire protection systems, but does not include work performed in an industrial or manufacturing facility that involves any of the following:


                         (i)     repairing or maintaining a fixed fire protection system as a part of the routine maintenance of the system,


                         (ii)    emergency services on a fixed fire protection system,


                         (iii)   visually inspecting a fixed fire protection system,


                         (iv)   pre-fabricating components of a fixed fire protection system in a permanent structure,


                         (v)    installing and maintaining pre-engineered fixed automatic extinguishing systems for commercial cooking ventilation systems.


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

Compulsory certified trade

3     The sprinkler system installer trade is specified as a compulsory certified trade.

Person other than sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer trade may perform sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer trade.

Term of apprenticeship

6     The term of apprenticeship for the sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer 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

8     (1)    Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the minimum wage for each hour worked by a sprinkler system installer apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a sprinkler system installer journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Sprinkler System Installer Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)


















       (2)    The increase in wages at the end of each 1000-hour period applies only if the sprinkler system installer apprentice has successfully completed both the technical training and the practical experience for that period.


       (3)    An employer must not employ a sprinkler system installer 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 sprinkler system installer 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 regulations respecting the sprinkler system installer trade, N.S. Reg 84/82, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 82-516 dated April 20, 1982, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.

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