The Nova Scotia Skills Competition is governed by a set of official regulations that cover eligibility, registration, payment, qualifications, medals, contest rules, conflict resolution, and cancellation policy. Any person who wants to participate in the Competition must agree to these terms.
A. Secondary (Junior & Senior High School)
Secondary level competitors must meet the following criteria in the current school year:
a) Attend a public or private secondary institute, or be enrolled in a registered home school program through the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD);
b) Be between 13 and 21 years of age on January 1 of the year of the Competition. Competitors are responsible for verifying this information if requested;
c) Have been earning junior or senior high school credits any time during the current academic year (September to June);
d) Be registered as a competitor with Skills Canada – Nova Scotia;
e) Possess Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) status and be a resident of Nova Scotia. Competitors are responsible for verifying this information if requested;
f) Have completed and submitted a signed release form by a parent or guardian if under the age of 19.
B. Post-Secondary (Registered Students & Apprentices)
Post-Secondary competitors must meet the following criteria in the current school year:
a) Be enrolled in a community college, university or private school OR be a registered apprentice with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education in the sector in which they intent to compete;
b) Be registered as a competitor with Skills Canada – Nova Scotia;
c) The competitor cannot be a certified journey-person in the contest area in which they intent to compete;
d) Possess Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status and be a resident of Nova Scotia. Competitors are responsible for verifying this information if requested;
e) Have been earning post-secondary credits in a sector relevant to the one in which they wish to compete (i.e. to compete in carpentry, the student would be earning credits in any construction-related trade) at any time during the academic school year (September to June);
f) All competitors must be able to show either current apprenticeship status and/or proof of enrollment in a post-secondary institution upon request of the Provincial Technical Committee or Skills Canada – Nova Scotia.
Each contest area has a limited number of registration vacancies. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, an objective of the Nova Scotia Skills Competition is to be representative of all regions of Nova Scotia. As a result, registrants from different regions will take priority. If there are several registrants from the same region, some may be placed on the waitlist in the order in which they registered.
There may also be some contest areas which require completion of a qualifying contest conducted by the Provincial Technical Committee or instructors of a particular post-secondary course. The contest description will outline any specific qualifying contest information.
If a student arrives on the day of contest and is not registered with Skills Canada – Nova Scotia as a competitor, they may or may not be allowed to compete based on the discretion of the Provincial Technical Committee. Those who are waitlisted are encouraged to check in at registration on the day of the contest in the event that there are no-shows.
Competitors may compete in more than one contest area at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition with the following stipulations:
a) Competitor must indicate their first choice contest area. If competitor is registered for other contest areas, it is understood that new participants will take priority over their registration.
b) If a competitor wins a gold medal in more than one contest area, and is eligible to advance on to the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) for more than one contest area, the competitor can choose which contest area they would like to compete in at the SCNC. The silver medalist for the other contest area(s) would be offered the opportunity to advance to the SCNC if eligible.
c) Registration fees will be charged for every contest area that a competitor registers in.
A non-refundable competition fee of $40 per competitor is required for entrance to the Nova Scotia Skills Competition. This fee is required to compete, and provides registration packages for competitors, contest materials, lunch for competitors and awards. This fee must be paid at the time of acceptance into the Competition in order for a competitor’s place to be confirmed, and will not be reimbursed for cancellations and no-shows.
A minimum score of 60% will be required to receive any medal or eligibility for advancement to the Skills Canada National Competition. Please note that not all provincial contest areas are eligible for the Skills Canada National Competition.
Skills Canada – Nova Scotia awards gold, silver and bronze medal for each contest area. The person or team achieving the highest score is awarded the gold medal. The person or team achieving the second highest score is awarded the silver medal, and the third highest scoring person or team is awarded the bronze medal. No ties are permitted. No matter what their score, all competitors attending the Competition will receive a certificate of participation from Skills Canada – Nova Scotia.
Competitors must adhere to the following on the day of the contest:
a) Competitors may not speak to spectators during their contest (this includes teachers and advisors);
b) Competitors may be disqualified at the judges and Provincial Technical Committee Chair’s discretion;
c) Translators, readers, or other assistants (hearing impaired) are permitted in the contest area only by prior arrangement through the Skills Canada – Nova Scotia office;
d) Competitors may be excused for washroom breaks – with an escort – at the discretion of the Provincial Technical Committee Chair;
e) Lunch break will be taken at the discretion of the Provincial Technical Committee Chair;
f) Books, notes, materials and assisting devices are permitted at the discretion of each Provincial Technical Committee Chair. These will be identified in the contest description or during the orientation session;
g) Cell phones, smart phones or PDAs must be turned off for the duration of the contest;
h) Competitors must be on time for their contest – late arrivals may be allowed but no “make-up” time will be permitted. Penalty will be at the discretion of the Provincial Technical Committee Chair and judges;
i) Any competitor caught cheating will be removed from the contest immediately and will not be able to compete for Skills Canada – Nova Scotia competitions again in the future;
j) Competitors must wear/bring appropriate dress/safety equipment (PPE)/tools as specified in the contest description (scope);
k) The use of alcohol, cannabis and illegal drugs is strictly prohibited;
l) All competitors must attend an orientation meeting directly before the contest begins. During this time the project will be explained with expectations, and all safety guidelines will be reviewed.
Competitors must adhere to the following in the case of a protest:
a) The conflict resolution procedure is in place to ensure all competitors are treated equally and fairly during the Nova Scotia Skills Competition.
b) Competitors are asked to submit an informal protest, either verbally or in writing to the Provincial Technical Committee Chair if they feel they have been treated unfairly.
c) Protests will only be considered if made within 20 minutes of the incident.
d) It is encouraged that the competitor discusses the informal protest with the Provincial Technical Committee Chair as soon as possible during the competition, so a resolution can be determined. Through discussion, the competitor and Provincial Technical Committee Chair will work to determine a resolution to the situation;
e) If a resolution cannot be found to suit both parties, the Provincial Technical Committee Chair must notify Skills Canada – Nova Scotia’s Executive Director or Competition Coordinator who will bring the issue to the attention of the Conflict Resolution Committee.
Skills Canada – Nova Scotia reserves the right to cancel a contest area if necessary (example: weather, low enrollment). A full refund will be granted to those registered at the time of cancellation.
In the event of low enrollment Skills Canada – Nova Scotia may administer a skills test and determine if a competitor may represent the province at the Skills Canada National Competition.
In the event of low registration, a skills test may be administered to a competitor; the Provincial Technical Committee (PTC) will jointly develop the test. The test should examine the overall skills that the contest area was designed to achieve. Ideally it will test the skills that are identified in the national contest description for the Skills Canada National Competition. An evaluation rubric will accompany the test to allow the competitor to understand testing criteria. The test will be administered and proctored by a third party appointed by Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (other than the competitor’s instructor). The test may be written or hands-on or a combination of both.
The final test papers and / or project will be returned to the PTC who will evaluate the test using the stated rubric. A competitor must achieve a minimum mark of 60% to advance to the Skills Canada National Competition.
The skills test must be administered and evaluated by the PTC a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the Skills Canada National Competition to allow the competitor to train. Exceptions to this timeline may be made based past performance of a competitor at a Skills Canada National Competition.