Saskatchewan has been growing steadily during the past twenty years and this growth has spurred a demand for tradespeople. As with most of the provinces in Canada the province of Saskatchewan requires Certificates of Qualification (C of Q) for its trades. In addition there is a “Real Seal” initiative provided by the Interprovincial Standards Program that allows qualifications in many trades to be standardized across the country.
In some trades such as electricians the overseeing body is SaskPower and this is standard whether in Regina or Saskatoon.
As it is with many provinces in Canada the electrical trade in Saskachewan requires compulsory certification. Persons must attain a Certification of Qualification or be a registered in the apprentice program to work in this trade. In addition, licenses are required by electrical contractors, employers, and individuals who work in electrical installation services. This is in keeping with the provincial program for protection against potential dangers associated with electrical installations. The licensing program was established under The Electrical Inspection Act and is administered by SaskPower.
The work of an electrician includes the installation, repair, testing and maintenance of wiring, controls, motors and other electrical programs and devices. An electrician is required for the installation of kitchens and bathrooms
As a designated trade requiring a Certification of Qualification (C of Q) or Registered Apprentice, plumbers may also train to qualify for licensing as gas fitters.
In their own trade plumbers provide installation, fittings, alterations and repairs for water and soil pipe, rain-water leaders, baths and bathroom installation, kitchen water and drains and fire protection equipment for houses or other buildings. This includes the junction to the sewer mains and the connecting of tanks to sewers and mains.
Qualified plumbers may also install, maintain, refit and repair gas installations and equipment as set out in the Gas Licensing Act as well as any medical gas installations and equipment. Because of this rating a plumber can install gas lines in kitchen and bathroom remodeling whether in Regina, Saskatoon or Prince Albert. The rules are the same all over the province.
A gas fitter is not a designated trade but included as part of the plumber or steam fitter-pipe fitter trade. However to install bathroom and kitchen gas facilities a plumber must have a gas fitter certification. Licensing programs for gas fitters apply to contractors, employers, and individuals who work on gas installation services and perform work for public and private premises. The licensing programs are in conjunction with all permit and inspection details as established under The Gas Inspection Act and administered by SaskPower.
Gas Fitter (Domestic): With this designation a tradeperson may work on residential, commercial or industrial natural gas and/or propane systems including any gas appliance that does not exceed a 400,000 Btuh rating. This also includes the piping and fittings, air supply and venting.
Gas Fitter (General): Under this certification a person may work on gas-related renovations or installations in residences, businesses or industry, including the appliances and associated pipes and fittings, air supply and venting. There are no limits to the rating.
Propane (Domestic): This person can only work with propane and not natural gas.
The job of a refrigeration mechanic is to provide installation and upkeep for residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. This also includes heating, ventilation and cooling systems as well. Designated trade requiring compulsory certification. Persons must hold a Certification of Qualification or be a Registered Apprentice to work in this trade.
Sheet metal workers in Saskatchewan use or metal of 10 gauge or lighter to make and repair products and buildings. The job designation of a sheet metal worker is to plan, cut, assemble and install furnace parts, ventilation systems and other sheet metal products in many varying classifications. A “Red Seal” program is in effect for this trade as well.
The sheet metal trade requires compulsory certification. Persons must hold a Certification of Qualification or must be a Registered Apprentice to work in this trade.