Before working in Nova Scotia in any of the skilled trades, you need to know the apprenticeship and trade certification requirements in this province. Click here for a complete list of the designated trades.
- Several trades are compulsory certified Compulsory Certified
To work in a compulsory certified trade, a license, certificate or apprentice/trainee status required. 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 Nova Scotia Apprenticeship 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.
To work in any of the trades that are compulsory certified under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act, an individual must:
- Hold a Certificate of Qualification issued in Nova Scotia; or
- Hold a recognized Certificate of Qualification issued by another province/territory in Canada (you may be required to obtain an equivalency card); or
- Register as an apprentice
- I do NOT hold a trade certificate. How can I obtain a Nova Scotia Certificate of Qualification?
- I hold a Certificate of Qualification issued by another province/territory in Canada. What do I need to do to work in Nova Scotia?
- I am internationally-trained. What do I need to do to work in Nova Scotia?
- How do I register as an apprentice?