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Construction electricians to be licensed in Nova Scotia


August 20, 2008
By Anthony Capkun

The Province of Nova Scotia is seeking input on plans to introduce a licensing process for the construction electrician trade.

The
Department of Labour and Workforce Development encourages comments and
suggestions from industry representatives and other interested groups
to replace the current C of Q renewal with a licence to do work.




‘We’re
working to improve service delivery regarding the trades in Nova
Scotia, while maintaining efficient government operation and improving
safety,’ said Mark Parent, minister of labour and workforce
development. ‘We look forward to working with those who work in the
industry and other interested parties to meet these goals.’




In the
proposed model, a certificate of qualification and licence will both be
needed
. Once a C of Q is received, it remains valid forever (similar to
a high school diploma or university degree). However, permission to do
work
must be granted through the issuing of a licence to practice the
trade (similar to nurses and pilots).




The
proposed process for obtaining a valid licence will require
construction electricians to meet current training and upgrading
qualifications, which differs from the current process. This aspect
will be clarified throughout the consultation process. Parent said
these changes will ensure Nova Scotia’s tradespeople and consumers
benefit from the highest standards possible when it comes to safety
requirements.




The new
process for replacing renewals with licences may eventually affect all
nine compulsory certified trades, specified under the Apprenticeship
and Trade Qualifications Act. However, the concept is to pilot the
system with construction electricians (along with oil burner
mechanics). This model has been based on the certification and
licensing model used for the gas fitter trade.




Discussion
papers outlining further information about proposed changes to the
process will be circulated to industry representatives and posted HERE on the department’s website.




Better hurry! Consultations end August 29.