Trade Regulation Changes

Trade Regulation Changes

For an overview of trade regulation changes, please find your trade below (be sure to check for your trade under each date heading, as changes may have been made on more than one date).

December 5, 2018


Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

  • The scope of the trade was expanded to include non-mechanical components of Heavy Duty Equipment:
    • Repairs all mechanical components of and maintains heavy construction and off-highway vehicles, whether wheeled or tracked.
  • To respond to labour shortages and to create more opportunities in the trade, set the minimum ratio at 1 journeyperson to every 2 apprentices. In the current regulations, the ratio is 1:1.
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level.

Landscape Horticulturist

  • Term of apprenticeship is 6,000 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 9,000 hours
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

April 1, 2018


Elevating Device Mechanic | New Trade Regulation

  • Elevating Device Mechanic trade is designated as a trade for the purpose of the Act
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours

September 27, 2017


Gasfitter Class B

  • Term of apprenticeship is 3,600 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 5,400 hours

April 1, 2017


In the fall of 2016, changes were made to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations and trade regulations to align our programs and training across the country.

These changes will help apprentices complete their training more easily, so they can take full advantage of the opportunities here in the province. Creating consistency across the country will also help employers recruit the people they need. The amendments took effect starting April 1, 2017, and will impact your apprenticeship program.

For a complete list of the changes, please visit:

Agricultural Equipment Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level:

Alarm and Security Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Automotive Glass Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 3,600 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 7,200 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Automotive Service Technician and Service Centre Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship:
    • 7,200 hours (Automotive Service Technician)
    • 5,400 hours (Service Centre Technician)
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier:
    • 10,800 hours (Automotive Service Technician)
    • 8,100 hours (Service Centre Technician)
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • a change of ratio to 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices
  • changing the name of a Service Centre Mechanic to a Service Centre Technician
  • changes to the hours of a Service Centre Technician

Blaster

  • Term of apprenticeship is: First Class: 3,600 hours; Second Class: 2,250 hours; Third Class: 900 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is: First Class 5,400 hours; Second Class: 3,375 hours; Third Class: 1,350 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Boat Builder

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 9,450 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Boilermaker

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Bricklayer

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • removal of outdated provisions

Carpenter

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Construction Electrician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Cook

  • Term of apprenticeship: 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier: 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • a change of ratio to 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices

Floor Covering Installer

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Gasfitter

  • Term of apprenticeship: Gasfitter Class A: 3,600 hours; Gasfitter Class B: 1,800 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier: Gasfitter Class A: 5,400 hours; Gasfitter Class B: 2,700 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship: 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier: 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level
  • Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include a more detailed definition of the trade.

Industrial Electrician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Instrumentation and Control Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Insulator (Heat and Frost)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Ironworker (Generalist)

  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the change in hours per level

Ironworker (Reinforcing)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 3,600 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 5,400 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Landscape Horticulturist

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Machinist

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Marine Fitter

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Marine Service Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours (no change)
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours (no change)
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Mine Electrician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 4,500 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 6,750 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Mine Mechanic

  • Term of apprenticeship is 4,500 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 6,750 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Oil Heat System Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Painter and Decorator

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Plumber

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Powerline Technician

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Restoration Stone Mason

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Roofer

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Sheet Metal Worker

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Sprinkler System Installer

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Steamfitter/Pipefitter

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Truck and Transport Mechanic

  • Term of apprenticeship is 7,200 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 10,800 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level

Additional changes recommended by the Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the trade include:

  • a more detailed definition of the trade
  • a change of ratio to 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices
  • removal of outdated clauses (vocational training, residency requirements, etc.)

Welder

  • Term of apprenticeship is 5,400 hours
  • The number of hours required to challenge the certification exam as a trade qualifier is 8,100 hours
  • The waiting period after an unsuccessful attempt of the certification exam is 30 days
  • Wage schedules have been changed to reflect the term of apprenticeship and the change in hours per level