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Auto Industry Certification

Since 2000, the NS Automotive Sector Council has worked with Industry to address industry’s critical workforce development issues. On behalf of automotive employers, the Council provides leadership for recruitment, improved employee retention, certification and partnership development.

The ASC has been instrumental in moving the industry towards certification, and has been working with Industry, Collision Repairers, Automotive Glass Installers, Insurance Appraisers, Transmission Technicians, and Automotive Service Technicians to this end. The Collision Repair Association of Nova Scotia and the Automotive Human Resource Sector Council submitted an application to the Apprenticeship Board to specify the trade as compulsory certified. On August 4th, 2009, Motor Vehicle Body Repair (Metal and Paint) was specified as a compulsory certified trade in Nova Scotia.

Dale Crawford A/Director, Apprenticeship Training states,
“In order to build the number of journeypersons in the trade, in October 2007 the Department of Labour and Workforce Development began providing examination preparation courses and allowing those who qualify to write the exam to do so at no cost. Since that time, more than 100 motor vehicle body repairers have written the exam, with an 88 percent pass rate. The fees will continue to be waived until August 4th, 2011. Although compliance and awareness initiatives will continue; an enforcement strategy will not be implemented until August 2011. This will allow for people who are already working in the trade with time to prepare and write the exam. “

Compulsory Certification Workforce Impact Study (2006)

The N.S. Automotive Industry Human Resource Sector Council, in partnership with provincial industry leaders and the Collision Repair Association of Nova Scotia (CRANS), completed Phase II on compulsory certification for the auto body and collision repair industry.

The Workforce Impact Study surveyed the demographics and apprenticeship status of the auto body workforce and incorporated provincial communication meetings for industry consultation. The open forum meetings provided Industry employers and employees, an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and raise any concerns.

A move to compulsory certification is designed to protect public safety and the environment. "In addition to ensuring public safety, an important benefit of compulsory certification," says Marjorie Davison, Director, Apprenticeship Training, "is to promote training as a pathway to trade certification, increasing the breadth and depth of skills in the Nova Scotia workforce."  Currently, there is no certification requirement for technicians by the Department of Education.

Anticipating approval from the Minister of Education, Nova Scotia will be the fifth province in Canada to implement compulsory certification for the motor vehicle repair (metal and paint) trade.

Update: The Workforce Impact Study and Recommendations Report is currently before the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Board. The Board advertised in the Chronicle Herald in August 2006 to establish an Industry Adhoc Committee to review the studies, prior to making a recommendation to the Nova Scotia Minister of Education.

Inquiries can be directed to Dale Crawford, Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development Division (902) 424-0872 or the Automotive Human Resource Sector Council Office
(1-877-860-3805)

Provincial Review Process:

(Yarmouth , Kentville, Bridgewater, Dartmouth, Truro and Sydney)

Research Findings

Table 1:  Survey Population

Category of Respondents

Number

Percent

Journeypersons

139

48.6%

Registered Apprentices

26

9.1%

Non-certified Repairers

121

42.3%

Total

286

100 %

Find all the report details in the Workforce Impact Study Final Report

Project Communication Documents

Benefits of Certification
CCIF Article
CCIF Presentation - by Corrie Robley Project Manager, June 24, 2006

Industry Advisory Committee Members

Industry Advisory Committee Members

Alistair McElwee Colonial Honda
Laurie Hutt MacPhee Pontiac Buick
Blaine North North’s Auto Body
Kelvin Campbell Chapman Auto Body
Lennie Adams, Lic. Technician Carroll Pontiac Buick GM
Maurice Anderson Canavan’s Central Appraisals
Richard Sharpe NS Apprenticeship Board
Walter Roy Nova Scotia Community College
Lindsay Gates Collision Repair Association of Nova Scotia
Graham Conrad NS Automotive Human Resource Sector Council
Corrie Robley NS Automotive Human Resource Sector Council
Joy Conrad NS Automotive Human Resource Sector Council

For more information, contact the Project Office:

Automotive Sector Council

192 Wyse Road, Suite 8
Dartmouth NS B3A 1M9
Toll Free: 1-877-860-3805
Telephone: (902) 464-0168
Fax: (902) 465-5734

Shannon Smith, Executive Director 
Nikki Barnett, Program Coordinator

© 2017 Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia
Partners: This initiative is funded by the Government of Canada & the Nova Scotia Community College.

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