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Landscape Horticulturist Trade Regulations
made under Section 29 of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
O.I.C. 2012-55 (February 29, 2012), N.S. Reg. 57/2012
1 These regulations may be cited as the Landscape Horticulturist Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;
“hardscape” means the inanimate elements of a landscape, including precast concrete products, natural stone, wood, metals and other natural or fabricated materials used in landscape structures, furnishings and features;
“landscape” means the lay of the land, including plants and other physical features such as lawn or meadow areas, waterways, pavement, utilities and structures;
“landscape horticulturalist” means the occupation of a landscape horticulturist, consisting of laying out, preparing and maintaining a sustainable landscape, and including
(i) installing and maintaining hardscape and softscape, and
(ii) pre-installation activities, such as planning and organizing the installation and preparing the site;
“softscape” means the animate elements of a landscape, including soil, soil amendments, mulch, seed, turf and plant material used in the landscape.
(2) The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.
Term of apprenticeship for the landscape horticulturalist trade
3 The term of apprenticeship for the landscape horticulturist trade is 6000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director and a certification examination, and may include a probationary period of up to 3 months.
Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons
4 An employer in the landscape horticulturist trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.
5 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage rate for each hour worked by an apprentice in the landscape horticulturist trade is a percentage of the wage for a landscape horticulturist journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Landscape Horticulturist Apprentice
Hours in Term
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ a landscape horticulturist apprentice at a wage for actual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimum wage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the Labour Standards Code.
Certificate through trade qualification
6 For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, which authorizes the Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meets certain requirements, 9000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the landscape horticulturist trade.