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If you can no longer attend a session you signed up for, you MUST email shsm@wcdsb.ca
3 school/business days before the training.

Trip privileges may be suspended if you do not follow this procedure.

Semester 1

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Leadership Skills Training
Training Provider: Common Compass

The focus of this training will be:
– Understanding the role of emotionally intelligent leadership in the workplace and developing skills in how to handle these dilemmas
– Developing communication skills for effective problem solving in workplace culture
– Understanding how inclusion can promote an effective workplace culture
– Understanding and implementing various leadership styles and approaches

Training time is from 9:00am-2:30pm.

Training will take place at St. Benedict Secondary School

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 2 elective certification(s).


2 Days:
October 15 & 16, 2019
GPS Training
Shades Mill, Cambridge

Locating points on a map and understanding how GPS works is a very valuable skill. Not only does it help you to measure and locate objects from a distance, but you will also learn about
topographical maps, positioning, and how GPS works in this 2 day training session.

You must attend on both days to earn your certification.

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 1 certification.


October 23, 2019
Plant Identification Training
Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph

At this 1 day training you will have the opportunity to not only tour the University of Guelph but take part in the following two workshops:

1 )Plant Identification
Challenge your knowledge of plants at Bovey Greenhouse. Learn from a Greenhouse Technician about current plant research followed by an interactive activity where students will work in groups to identify a collection of plants.
2) Plant DNA Extraction Lab
Get introduced to plant genetics with the Department of Plant Agriculture. Students will extract DNA from plant tissue accompanied by an informative lecture on applications in plant research and breeding.

9:30 am – 2:00pm

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 2 certifications.


This is a 2-Day Training!
November 6 & 7, 2019
Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Training
St. John’s Ambulance, Cambridge

Every employer wants to have a safe worker! Take this certification to learn how to assist other’s when in need.
Learn how to perform: adult, child and infant CPR, choking procedures for all ages, how to use barrier devices, AED (Automated External Defibrillation), and more.

Plus, add this training to your resume, as it will help you find a part time job!

Earn up to two SHSM certifications!

You must attend on both days to earn your certifications!

Training time is: 8:30 am – 3:00pm

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 2 elective certification(s).


November 28, 2019
Chainsaw Safety Training
LiUNA Local 837 , Cambridge

To identify the parts of the chainsaw, safety features and discusses the inspection and maintenance requirements for chainsaws. The chainsaw operator program consists of four modules (six hours). It is designed to inform operators of the features and parts of the chainsaw, how to maintain the chainsaw, the hazards of chainsaw operation and relevant legislation. The participants will be asked to start up the chainsaw and demonstrate how to properly hold it.

This is an extended- day please consider this before signing up!

Training time is: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 1 elective certification(s).


Semester 2

Summer Training

Take training in your OWN time


!!! SHSM will cover the cost of your CPR Level C & Standard First Aid!!!

*please note that the cost of the blended learning course will not be covered. Please call St. John Ambulance to register for the two-day course to take advantage of this certification free of cost.*

1. Call St. John’s Ambulance below to set up a training session (you cannot register online if SHSM is to pay for the training).

2. You MUST CALL St. John’s Ambulance (do not register online) to inform them:
– your name & school
– you’re a student of the Specialist High Skills Major program
– you’re a student with the Waterloo Catholic School Board
– you need CPR Level C & Standard First Aid

3. Attend training on the date you selected.
*NOTE: You will be charged a fee if you do not attend

4. St. John’s will invoice the SHSM program. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY, and your training will be listed on your progress report by the end of the summer!



1. Select the online training you’d like to complete from the list below:

2. Email SHSM@wcdsb.ca with your:
– Name, school, major and type of training you’d like to take

3. Wait three days for the activation and then complete online training on your own time.

4. Email SHSM@wcdsb.ca to confirm you’ve completed training
(It may take up to two weeks for it to appear on your SHSM record)


Looking for more training, or have questions?
Contact : SHSM@wcdsb.ca or 519-578-3660 ext. 2549