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apprenticeship@novascotia.ca
(902) 424-5651; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
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  1. Who administers the apprenticeship program?
    The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency administers the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Program.
  2. What is apprenticeship/apprenticeship training system?
    Apprenticeship is an agreement between an apprentice and an employer that combines on-the-job experience with technical training. Apprentices who complete all work and technical training requirements, receive competence verification by a qualified tradesperson and successfully pass the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam are awarded a Certificate of Apprenticeship and a Certificate of Qualification and become certified journeypersons in a trade.
  3. What is an apprenticeship agreement?
    An apprenticeship agreement is a document signed by the employer, sponsor or joint apprenticeship training committee and the apprentice outlining the roles and responsibilities of both parties to the term of apprenticeship. The agreement is registered with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.
  4. What is an apprentice?
    An apprentice is someone learning their trade on the job, under the supervision and mentorship of a certified journeyperson, with periods of technical training, in an apprenticeable trade and registered as an apprentice with the Government of Nova Scotia.
  5. What is a youth apprentice?
    A youth apprentice is from 16 to 19 years of age and works part or full time in one of Nova Scotia's designated trades. For more details about youth apprenticeship, contact the Agency's Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator.
  6. How long is an apprenticeship?
    The Apprenticeship program recognizes 2,000 hours as one year of training (in most trades). In addition to the technical training and skill development requirements of an apprenticeship training program, each designated trade has a specific number of hours which must be completed in order to qualify to write the certification exam. The number of hours required in each designated trade is determined by industry and incorporated into a set of Trade Regulations. Generally, the time requirement to complete an apprenticeship training program is three to four years (6,000 to 8,000 hours) with the average apprenticeship lasting approximately four years.
  7. What is a journeyperson?
    A journeyperson is someone who has acquired the knowledge and skills in a trade and has been issued a Certificate of Qualification as attested to by a provincial or territorial authority.
  8. What is the trade qualification program?
    The trade qualification program is an avenue through which an individual may obtain certification in Nova Scotia. An individual may apply through this program if they have significant experience working hands-on in one of Nova Scotia's designated trades and can prove that their skills and work experience meet the standards set for a certified skilled tradesperson in this province. If an individual applies, they need letters of reference from two qualified trades people, as well as letters from employers proving they have completed the required number of hours of hands-on work in the trade. The required number of hours governing each trade are specified in the relevant trade regulations. If approved, an individual is eligible to write the Red Seal Exam. For additional information, contact the Training Consultant for your trade/region.
  9. What is a designated trade?
    A designated trade is one which is regulated by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations. This Act provides for formal training and the issuance of Certificates of Qualification for trades that have been designated. Certification in a designated trade demonstrates proof of a person's qualifications to work in a specific trade to a provincial or a national standard. Designated trades in Nova Scotia.
  10. What is a compulsory certified trade?

    Several trades are compulsory certified under our legislation (the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act) and are identified on the list of trades by a yellow dot . This means there is a legal requirement to be certified or registered as an apprentice with the Agency.

    Some trades are compulsory certified under another regulatory authority and are identified on the list of trades by a green dot . Their licensing or certification requirements must be complied with.

    Most trades are NOT compulsory certified.

  11. What is a temporary permit?
    A temporary permit allows an individual to work in a compulsory certified trade for a specific period of time (not exceeding three months). A temporary permit may be issued to a potential apprentice serving a probationary period, a student enrolled in a training institution, an internationally trained worker or a trade qualifier who has made application to challenge the Red Seal Exam.
  12. What is a Certificate of Apprenticeship?
    A Certificate of Apprenticeship is issued to an apprentice who has successfully completed a formalized apprenticeship training program.
  13. What is a Certificate of Qualification?
    A Certificate of Qualification is a document issued to a person who has met the provisions of the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations, by writing and passing a certification exam for a designated trade. The Certificate of Qualification, along with an identification card, confirms the person has demonstrated his or her competence in a specific trade and has met all of the requirements for certification.
  14. I am a journeyperson. What do I do when my photo ID card expires?
    • If you work in a non-compulsory-certified trade (such as Welder, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), etc.), please submit and complete the REPLACEMENT Form.
    • If you are a Blaster, or you work in a compulsory-certified trade (such as AST, Construction Electrician, etc.), please complete and submit the RENEWAL Form.
  15. What are the fees?
    For information about fees, click here.
  16. What is the Red Seal Program?
    The Red Seal Program was established to provide skilled workers with greater mobility across Canada. Through the program, both apprentices who have completed their training and certified journeypersons are able to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their Certificate of Qualification by successfully completing, where applicable, an Interprovincial Red Seal Exam (IP Exam). Individuals who obtain the Red Seal endorsement can work anywhere in Canada without further training or examination. Red Seal website.
  17. What is an Industry Training Consultant?
    An Industry Training Consultant is assigned to work with apprentices and their employers to identify learning needs and monitor training throughout an apprenticeship program. Consultants are also available to counsel skilled tradespersons to assist them in the process of achieving trade certification.
  18. What are the requirements for working in the blasting trade in Nova Scotia?
    Blasting activities are provincially regulated by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Please click here for information about blasting requirements, regulations, training and frequently asked questions.
  19. I would like to immigrate to Nova Scotia. What do I need to do?
    For information about immigrating to Nova Scotia, click here.
Office Addresses Office Addresses

Bridgewater Office (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne)

  • (902) 543-0649; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 543-0648
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, 270 Logan Rd, PO Box 3500, Bridgewater, NS B4V 3V3

Halifax Office: Main Office (Halifax Regional Municipality)

  • (902) 424-5651; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 424-0717
  • Mail: Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, PO Box 578, Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
  • Walk-in Address/Couriers: Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, 1256 Barrington St, Thompson Building, 3rd Fl., Halifax, NS B3J 1Y6

Kentville Office (Kings, West Hants)

  • (902) 679-6731; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 679-4343
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, 5 Shylah Dr, Unit 1, Kentville, NS B4N 0H2

New Glasgow Office (Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou)

  • (902) 755-8540; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 928-3697
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, 187 Terra Cotta Dr, New Glasgow, NS B2H 6B6

Port Hawkesbury (Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness, Richmond)

  • (902) 625-3761; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 625-4264
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, c/o NSCC Strait Area Campus, 226 Reeves St, Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

Sydney Office (Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Victoria)

  • (902) 563-2149; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 563-5743
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, 1030 Upper Prince St, Suite 4, Sydney NS B1P 5P6

Truro Office (Colchester, Cumberland, East Hants)

  • (902) 893-5988; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 893-6104
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Suite 8 - 60 Lorne St, Truro, NS B2N 3K3

Yarmouth Office (Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth)

  • (902) 742-0775; TF (NS): 1-800-494-5651
  • Fax: (902) 742-5660
  • Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, c/o NSCC Burridge Campus, 372 Pleasant St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

Industry Training Consultants

  Annapolis County   Annapolis County
Natalie Landry  (902) 742-0775 
 Email Natalie Landry
  Antigonish County   Antigonish County
Halifax Apprenticeship Office  1-800-494-5651
  Cape Breton Island   Cape Breton Island

Inverness & Richmond Counties:
Almon Chisholm: (902) 625-8401
Email Almon Chisholm

Cape Breton & Victoria Counties Select trade:

Agricultural Equipment Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Alarm and Security Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Appliance Service Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Automotive Glass Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Automotive Painter
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Automotive Service Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
AST Service Centre Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Baker
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Blaster
Kevin Murphy  (902) 717-7058
Email Kevin Murphy
Boat Builder
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Boilermaker
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Bricklayer
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Cabinetmaker
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Carpenter
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Communications Technician
Don Adams   (902) 219-1260
Email Don Adams
Concrete Finisher
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Construction Craft Worker
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Construction Electrician
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Cook
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Electric Motor System Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Floorcovering Installer
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Gas Fitter
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Glazier
Bill Michalos (902) 717-2904
Email Bill Michalos
Hairstylist
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Heavy Equipment Operator
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Industrial Electrician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Instrumentation and Control Technician
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Insulator (Heat and Frost)
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Ironworker
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Landscape Horticulturist
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Lather
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Locksmith
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Machinist
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Marine Service Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Mobile Crane Operator
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Mobile Crane Operator (Hydraulic)
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Motorcycle Mechanic
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Oil Heat System Technician
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Painter and Decorator
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Partsperson
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Plumber
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
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Power Engineer
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Powerline Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Refrigeration and A/C Mechanic
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Restoration Stone Mason
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Rig Technician
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
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Roofer
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Sheet Metal Worker
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Sprinkler System Installer
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Steamfitter/Pipefitter
Frank Boone  (902) 563-2194
Email Frank Boone
Tilesetter
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Tool and Die Maker
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Tower Crane Operator
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Transport Trailer Technician
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Truck and Transport Mechanic
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
Welder
Charlene Blackie  (902) 563-2554
Email Charlene Blackie
  Digby County   Digby County
Natalie Landry  (902) 742-0775 
 Email Natalie Landry
  Halifax County   Halifax County
Agricultural Equipment Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Alarm and Security Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Appliance Service Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Automotive Glass Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Automotive Painter
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Automotive Service Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
AST Service Centre Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Baker
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Blaster
Kevin Murphy  (902) 717-7058
Email Kevin Murphy
Boat Builder
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Boilermaker
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Bricklayer
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Cabinetmaker
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Carpenter
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Communications Technician
Contact Halifax Office  1-800-494-5651  
Email Halifax Office
Concrete Finisher
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Construction Craft Worker
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Construction Electrician (Company Name A to L)
Lovessa Johnson (902) 483-7272
Email Lovessa Johnson
Construction Electrician (Company Name M to Z)
Bill Michalos (902) 717-2904
Email Bill Michalos
Cook
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Electric Motor System Technician
Ebenezer Annan   (902) 219-1260
Email Ebenezer Annan
Floorcovering Installer
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Gas Fitter
Lovessa Johnson   (902) 483-7272
Email Lovessa Johnson
Glazier
Bill Michalos (902) 717-2904
Email Bill Michalos
Hairstylist
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Heavy Equipment Operator
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Industrial Electrician
Bill Michalos  (902) 717-2904
Email Bill Michalos
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Instrumentation and Control Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Insulator (Heat andost)
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Ironworker
Kevin Murphy  (902) 717-7058
Email Kevin Murphy
Landscape Horticulturist
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Lather
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Locksmith
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Machinist
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Marine Service Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Mobile Crane Operator
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Mobile Crane Operator (Hydraulic)
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Motorcycle Mechanic
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Oil Heat System Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Painter and Decorator
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Partsperson
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Plumber
Lovessa Johnson   (902) 483-7272
Email Lovessa Johnson
Power Engineer
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Powerline Technician
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Refrigeration and A/C Mechanic
Kevin Murphy  (902) 717-7058
Email Kevin Murphy
Restoration Stone Mason
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Rig Technician
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Roofer
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Sheet Metal Worker
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Sprinkler System Installer
Busch Dubay  (902) 483-5929
Email Busch Dubay
Steamfitter/Pipefitter
Busch Dubay  (902) 483-5929
Email Busch Dubay
Tilesetter
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Tool and Die Maker
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
Tower Crane Operator
Peter Blendheim  (902) 491-4589
Email Peter Blendheim
Transport Trailer Technician
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Truck and Transport Mechanic
Dave Mazerall  (902) 456-4667
Email Dave Mazerall
Welder
Don Adams  (902) 225-1372
Email Don Adams
  Kings County   Kings County
Brenda Daniels  (902) 679-6731 
 Email Brenda Daniels
  Pictou County   Pictou County
Halifax Apprenticeship Office  1-800-494-5651
  Queens County   Queens County
Christian Maguire  (902) 541-5710
Email Christian Maguire
  Yarmouth County   Yarmouth County
Natalie Landry  (902) 742-0775 
 Email Natalie Landry
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