The following information outlines how to become an apprentice if you have an employer in Nova Scotia.
To become an apprentice, you must be employed in your trade and there must be at least one certified journeyperson per apprentice at the workplace (except in the case of youth apprentices, individuals 16 to 19 years old).
If you are currently working in one of the compulsory certified trades, contact the apprenticeship office nearest you (or call toll-free 1-800-494 5651) to obtain a temporary permit which allows you to continue to work in the trade while the registration process takes place.
Discuss the apprenticeship program with your employer and find out if they are willing to sign an apprenticeship agreement with you.
Contact the Training Officer responsible for your trade/region. The Training Officer will arrange to meet with you and your employer at your workplace to provide the information and documents required for you to become an apprentice. The Training Officer will also discuss your previous work experience, how to access technical training and how your progress in the apprenticeship program is documented in a logbook.
Please note: There is a registration fee if you are 20 years of age or older.