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New apprentice crane operators

The regulatory change was applicable when it came into effect on July 18, 2013 for candidates who have not yet obtained their apprentice competency certificate (ACC) for the trade of crane operator.

After obtaining their vocational studies diploma in crane operation, apprentices will now have to complete two apprenticeship periods of 2,000 hours (a total of 4,000 hours) before being eligible to register for the provincial qualification examination for crane operator. Once they have passed the exam, they will obtain a crane operator journeyman competency certificate (JCC).

Concrete pump operator

To become an operator of concrete pumps with distribution mast, apprentice crane operators may register for the provincial qualification examination for this specialty once they have finished their first 2,000-hour apprenticeship period. These hours may have been worked as an operator of concrete pumps with distribution mast. Once these workers have passed the exam, they will obtain an operator of concrete pumps with distribution mast JCC.

What is the apprentice wage?

The wage for the first 2,000-hour apprenticeship period will be equivalent to 70% of that of a journeyman crane operator. The wage for the second apprenticeship period will be equivalent to 85% of that of a journeyman.