The Voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry

About Apprenticeship

Skilled trades professionals are in demand. It is projected that over the next ten years there will be a shortage of tradespeople in Canada. Landscape Horticulture is a trade in Nova Scotia and has recently become involved in the Apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship NS is currently using the Industry Certification Program to move through the Apprenticeship levels!

Click to Learn how Industry Certification is being used as a pathway for Apprentices!!!

Nova Scotia's apprenticeship system can help you get the training and experience you need to become a skilled trades professional (certified journeyperson) in an exciting career. If you're in high school getting ready to make that big decision about what to do with your life, or already out working and want to make a change, this is your opportunity to turn your talents and passion into success.

Apprenticeship can lead you to employment opportunities that pay well.

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Check out some of the Financial Benefits of being an Apprentice! Or Registering an Apprentice!

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Benefits of Apprenticeship Training

  • Earn money while you learn!

    As an apprentice, you receive a salary from the employer that hires you. This salary increases as each stage of the program is successfully completed.

  • Little to no student debt

    Another big benefit of apprenticeship training is that debt loads after completion of apprenticeships are much lower, since apprentices “earn while they learn”. You may also be eligible for taxable financial awards and tax credits. Click herefor more information.

  • Job opportunities

    Skilled workers are in demand in Nova Scotia and across the country. A good work ethic, a can-do attitude and a Certificate of Qualification will provide you with the tools to find a job when you finish your post-secondary education.

  • Mentorship and hands-on-training

    As an apprentice, you will have an opportunity to learn high level skills through personal, on-the-job training from a highly qualified journeyperson.

  • Skills to last a lifetime

    As an apprentice, the skills you learn will not only last a lifetime, they will also open doors to other opportunities. You can take advanced training to continue developing your talent and work your way into challenging and rewarding careers in management or teaching. Many tradespeople start their own businesses.

Become an Apprenticeship!

To become an apprentice in the trade in which you are employed, you must be supervised in the workplace by a certified journeyperson (except in the case of youth apprentices in Nova Scotia, who are individuals from 16 to 19 years of age).

In Nova Scotia, if you are currently working in one of the compulsory certified trades, contact the apprenticeship office nearest you (or call toll-free 1-800-494-5651) and ask to speak with a Training Officer about how to obtain a temporary permit. A temporary permit allows individuals to continue to work in the trade while the registration process takes place.

Discuss the apprenticeship program with your employer and find out if they are willing to sign an apprenticeship agreement with you.

Register as an apprentice! Click here for the instructions on how to complete and submit the Apprenticeship Application and Agreement Package to become an apprentice!

Click here to see the steps to becoming an Apprentice..

Please note: There is a registration/photo ID fee.

Become a Journeyperson!

A journeyperson has a Certificate of Qualification in a trade and may act as a mentor or assist in the on-the-job training of apprentices.

If you received your certification in another jurisdiction in one of the trades that is designated in Nova Scotia and would like to be recognized as a certified journeyperson in this province, please refer to our Credential Recognition section.

Now that you've chosen a career in the skilled trades and registered as an apprentice, you are well on your way to achieving your career goals. There are many benefits to training in the apprenticeship program and becoming a journeyperson.

The division is here to assist you on your journey! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Training Officer or the apprenticeship office in your region.

Roles and Responsibilities

Once an apprentice has signed an apprenticeship agreement, you (the apprentice) and each of the other participants in the agreement (such as the employer and supervising journeyperson) have roles and responsibilities to fulfill. Please find these below.


  • know what is involved in your trade, learn and apply your skills and serve your employer’s productivity needs to the best of your ability
  • take control of your training, ask questions and seek answers
  • participate in and successfully complete the required on-the-job and technical training requirements
  • demonstrate a positive approach to people, work and learning


  • actively support and promote a safe working and learning environment.
  • assign the apprentice to a supervising journeyperson
  • provide an opportunity for the apprentice to learn the full scope of the trade
  • pay the apprentice as set out in the Trade Regulations or Collective Agreements
  • allow the apprentice to participate in the required technical training and take examinations
  • submit the apprentice's Record of Employment (ROE) to enable them to apply for EI benefits when they begin technical training (Employers can now complete and submit apprentices' ROEs online. For details, please visit Service Canada's ROE website.)
  • evaluate the performance of the apprentice with the supervising journeyperson on a regular basis

Note: The Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education has published a brochure on employer responsibilities in regards to workplace safety. Click here for a copy of their brochure.

Supervising Journeyperson

  • model, promote and encourage the highest trade standards
  • teach the apprentice the skills of the trade to the best of your ability
  • provide appropriate supervision and honest feedback

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

  • inform the apprentice and employer of their respective responsibilities in the program
  • register Apprenticeship Agreements and maintain client records
  • schedule all necessary technical training and examinations for the apprentice to complete requirements for certification
  • maintain regular contact with the apprentice and employer
  • administer and enforce the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations and Trade Regulations