Journeyperson Diploma

The NSCC Journeyperson Diploma recognizes the accomplishments of graduates who have successfully completed an extensive combination of technical training, essential skills education, and practical experience in a designated trade and are recipients of their Certificate of Qualifications in their respective trade.

The Journeyperson Diploma will be awarded at NSCC for the following Trades:

Requirements

In order to be awarded the Journeyperson Diploma students must successfully complete course-based apprenticeship training at NSCC, the Interprovincial Certificate of Qualification Examination and NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.

Specific Requirements

  • Course requirements are listed in the training standards documents specific to each individual trade (16-32 courses depending on the program)
  • Participants must pass the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Certificate of Qualification examination, often referred to as Interprovincial certification
  • Complete or have credit for the following employability skills courses:
    • Communications I (COMM 1227)
    • Communications II (COMM 1228)
    • Computer Applications I (COMP 1217)
    • Portfolio (PORT 1900)

Communication, computer, and portfolio courses are available through NSCC's Online Learning. Graduates of pre-employment programs may transfer applicable credits towards the Journeyperson Diploma. Residency requirement for credential: at least one-third of the courses must be completed through NSCC. Please note: Not all courses are available each term.

Application Procedure

Candidates for the Journeyperson Diploma can contact admissions at 1-866-679-6722. For more information concerning Apprenticeship Training visit nsapprenticeship.ca.

Trades

Automotive Service Technician *

Automotive Service Technicians learn the composition of the engine, automotive functions, electrical systems and related designs, and how to deal effectively with customers in the diagnosis, inspection, and repair of vehicles. Technician's service/repair brakes, suspension, engines, and all other mechanical components on cars and light trucks. Automotive Service Technicians are employed by motor vehicle dealers, retail establishments, specialty shops, garages, and service stations.

  • Institute of Technology Campus
  • Burridge Campus
  • Marconi Campus

Boilermaker *

Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, anti-pollution systems, and pressure vessels (containers for storing or moving liquid or gas under pressure) and other heavy metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, ship building, and similar industrial establishments.

  • Marconi Campus

Bricklayer

Bricklayers work with pre-cut stone, bricks and blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches, fireplaces, barbeques, walkways, and other brick structures. They work from plans and specifications to create damp-resistant foundations, construct arches and other ornamental work, and do repairs to existing structures. Bricklayers work alone or in teams, both indoors and out. Bricklayers must be able to work with their hands, follow plans, work at heights, and have a high degree of precision.

  • Akerley Campus

Carpenter

Carpentry covers a vast area of work including site preparation, foundation work, framing and finish work, and specialty areas, such as cabinets and stairs. Carpenters may work from blueprints to cut and shape the materials and join them accurately, or work with prefabricated components. Work opportunities exist in residential, commercial and industrial construction or renovations and maintenance. Individuals in this trade should be in good physical condition and be prepared to work in all weather conditions.

  • Marconi Campus
  • Institute of Technology Campus
  • Burridge Campus

Construction Electrician *

Electrical Construction mainly consists of residential work including single-family dwellings, duplex and row housing and apartment buildings, light commercial buildings and office buildings. Construction Electricians install and maintain distribution and services, circuits and wiring, motors and motor controls, controls and automation systems, power generation and stand-by power systems.

  • Burridge Campus
  • Marconi Campus
  • Institute of Technology Campus

Cook

A cook prepares and presents a wide variety of foods such as soups and sauces, meat and poultry, hot and cold buffets, baked goods, desserts and hot and cold beverages. The cooks develop the skills, attitude, and knowledge necessary for the efficient co-ordination of planning menus, ordering supplies, preparing and cooking foods for use in hotels, restaurants, institutions and other establishments. Instructional emphasis is placed on sanitation, personal hygiene, and safety.

  • Marconi Campus
  • Akerley Campus

Gas Fitter II

Gas Fitters work in both residential and industrial sectors providing installation and service for the natural gas and propane industry. Work typically involves installation, service, maintenance, testing, purging, de-activation and re-activation of propane and natural gas, delivery, appliance, and related equipment.

  • Strait Area Campus (online only)

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

A heavy duty equipment technician is a tradesperson who possesses the full range of knowledge, abilities and skills required to diagnose, repair, adjust, overhaul, maintain, operate and test mobile heavy duty off-road equipment. Heavy duty equipment technicians are employed by companies that own and operate heavy equipment, heavy equipment dealerships, rental and service companies, construction contractors, forestry companies, mining companies and government departments that service and repair their own equipment. Technicians can work in the following industries: construction, forestry, mining, marine, oil and gas, material handling, landscaping and land clearing. Many heavy duty equipment technicians have experience on a wide variety of equipment types and manufacturers.

  • Marconi Campus
  • Akerley Campus

Industrial Electrician

Industrial Electricians would normally be found in manufacturing and processing plants, mills and mining operations. Industrial Electricians install, maintain, test and repair electrical equipment such as communication and data systems, power distribution, climate control devices, emergency stand-by systems, motors, generators and associated electrical and electronic controls in industrial settings.

  • Burridge Campus
  • Marconi Campus
  • Institute of Technology Campus
  • Kingstec Campus

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

Industrial mechanics (millwrights) are employed in manufacturing plants, utilities or other industrial establishments. They tend to specialize in the post installation, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment. In the accomplishment of their job responsibilities, the industrial mechanics (millwrights) must possess and apply a wide range of knowledge, abilities and skills to perform some or all of the following duties: participating in the enhancement of workplace health and safety; assisting in the planification of work activities; selecting, testing and processing metals; tooling parts and components; machining parts and components using stationary equipment; cutting and assembling metal components using welding equipment; assembling components using various types of fasteners; installing and removing equipment and systems; maintaining, repairing and replacing machinery and associated equipment; fabricating, modifying and overhauling equipment.

  • Marconi Campus
  • Institute of Technology Campus

Ironworker (Generalist)

Ironworkers build, erect, construct, install, repair, and service structural ironwork, concrete reinforcements, curtain walls, precast concrete, ornamental ironwork and other metals used in the construction of buildings, bridges and towers. Ironworkers also erect and construct hoists, derricks, cranes, conveyers and robotic equipment. Ironworkers must be familiar with the operation of cranes and must be able to safely rig heavy loads and communicate effectively with crane operators at all times. Agility, good physical condition, precision and coordination are essential.

  • Pictou Campus

Machinist

A Machinist would produce items such as shafts, couplings, bearings, bushings, and housings. These items could be made of steel, brass, castings and synthetics. Some of the types of operations machinists would perform when making the above items could include measuring, turning, boring, milling, sawing, planing, and precision grinding. A good foundation in mathematics and science is essential, as is the ability to understand engineering drawings and specifications.

  • Institute of Technology Campus

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

Metal Fabricator is a person who interprets drawings and is involved in the development, layout, marking, cutting, burning, sawing, shearing, punching, rolling, bending, drilling, shaping, forming, straightening, fitting and assembling, reaming, bolting, riveting, welding, testing, inspecting, preparing, priming, painting, rigging and handling of structural and mechanical fabrications constructed from plates and structural shapes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in the Metal Fabrication Trade.

  • Marconi Campus

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal & Paint)

The motor vehicle body repairer (metal and paint) is a skilled tradesperson who possesses a wide range of knowledge and skills in areas such as: repair and replacement of glass and glass assemblies; repair and replacement of sheet metal panels; repair and replacement of plastic and composite panels; repair and replacement of frame and structural components; repair and replacement of mechanical components; repair and replacement of electrical components; diagnose and repair electronic systems; assessment of damage; refinishing; detailing; and welding. Depending on the place of employment, a motor vehicle body repairer (metal and paint) may be called upon to work on any type of motor vehicle from the smallest of automobiles to the largest of trucks.

  • Akerley Campus

Oil Burner Mechanic *

Oil Burner Mechanics would install, maintain, and repair oil burners in furnaces used to heat residential and commercial buildings. Training also includes safety and fire protection, types of heating systems, combustion, electrical circuitry, controls, energy-efficient burners and components, maintenance schedules and more.

  • Akerley Campus
  • Marconi Campus

Painter Decorator

Painter Decorators have skills and experience in surface preparation and the application of a wide variety of decorative and protective finishes. They must also be able to calculate areas and relate such calculations to required material. The Painter Decorator must have an eye for detail, an excellent sense of colour, the ability to plan work, and possess knowledge of many types of finishes, their properties and their application. Most painters have a range of experience in residential and commercial work, and many have experience in the increasingly specialized area of industrial work as well. Many tradespeople in this profession also have broad experience with, and knowledge of, different types of finish and processes, which become more or less popular as architectural and other trends come and go.

  • Akerley Campus

Plumber *

Plumbers assemble, install, and repair a wide variety of piping systems/equipment in residential and commercial establishments such as fixtures and appliances, potable water, drainage, waste and venting, baseboard and infloor heating, hydronic heating/cooling, petroleum and medical gas services, private sewage disposal, pumps, specialty piping and backflow prevention devices. Plumbers examine building plans and specifications to determine layout for piping systems, as required by the applicable codes.

  • Akerley Campus

Powerline Technician

A Power Line Technician is a person who installs, constructs, alters, repairs, maintains, tests, services and operates related overhead, underground and marine electrical transmission and distribution systems.

  • Institute of Technology Campus

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic *

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics maintain, troubleshoot and diagnose a variety of refrigeration systems/equipment in residential, commercial, or industrial buildings such as compressors, air exchangers, condensers and receivers, evaporators, cooling towers, artificial ice rinks, and circulating pumps. In order to perform these duties the mechanic will also require knowledge and skills in health and safety, trade tools and test equipment, codes and regulations, basic electricity, blueprint reading, basic welding/brazing and rigging. Mechanics must have good mathematical and science skills and deal safely with various occupational hazards.

  • Institute of Technology Campus

Sheet Metal Worker

Sheet Metal Workers complete the installation of sheet metal products and equipment including gutters, furnaces and heating systems, ventilating hoods, restaurant equipment, sheet metal roofs, flashing, vents, louvers, and some ornamental work, such as copper roofs and trim. An aptitude for mathematics, geometric design, drafting, and blueprint reading is essential.

  • Akerley Campus

Power Engineering

Stationary engineering covers the entire process of heat/refrigeration generation and utilization. It involves the safe operation, inspection and maintenance of the equipment in a power, refrigeration or heating plant. Due to rapid technological development, stationary engineers are required to operate modern equipment with computerized controls and work with program logic controllers and distribution control systems. This requires an understanding of equipment design and limitations. This program covers theoretical training for those presently working in industry.

  • Akerley Campus

Steamfitter-Pipefitter

Steamfitters and pipefitters lay out, assemble, maintain and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals, and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. They select type and size of pipe and other materials, inspect work sites and plan installation, cut, thread, and join pipes, assemble and install a variety of metal and non-metal pipe and pipe fittings, join and secure pipes by welding, threading, cementing or bolting, and test pipe systems for leaks.

  • Akerley Campus
  • Marconi Campus

Truck & Transport Mechanic *

Truck and transport mechanics inspect, troubleshoot, repair, replace and maintain operating systems and components. These include chassis and frames, brakes and steering, cab and body, engine and supporting systems, drive train, and accessories. In addition, truck and transport mechanics perform preventative maintenance and diagnose performance of vehicles. Truck and transport mechanics work on buses, motor homes, tankers, and different types of trucks (dump trucks, flat beds, pick-up trucks, etc.) that are over 4,500 GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight). In some jurisdictions, truck and transport mechanics should check with their respective Departments of Transportation to determine their eligibility to perform inspections. The truck and transport mechanic can be found in small repair shops, large fleet maintenance companies, public transportation companies and construction companies.

  • Marconi Campus
  • Akerley Campus

Welder

Welders use heat to melt and fuse metal pieces together and construct a permanent bond. Welding may be manual (entirely controlled by welder) or semi-automatic (machinery is used to help perform the tasks). Welding is commonly used in shipbuilding, construction, automotive repair and manufacturing. Welders may work from drawings or specifications that require extensive technique and practical knowledge. Welders must be in good physical condition, possess good safety habits, possess manual dexterity, and have knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, mechanical drawing, and metallurgy.

  • Akerley Campus
  • Burridge Campus


* This is a compulsory certified trade in Nova Scotia. To work in this trade, you must register as an apprentice through the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development or hold a current Certificate of Qualification in this trade. For further information please go to nsapprenticeship.ca.

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