Training & Workshops

Farm Safety Nova Scotia coordinates training and workshops to ensure farms have access to the training needed.  FSNS makes every effort to have discounted training rates for its members, see Member Benefits. FSNS hosts various training courses and workshops throughout the year. Farms and industry organizations are also able to request training as needed.

Pricing below reflects the participant cost for registered farms at FSNS hosted courses.  Pricing may differ for those wishing to host training on their individual farm – quotes will be provided on request.

All courses are subject to our Training & Workshop Policies.

Use the Digital Passport To Safety Booklet to document and track online or in-class safety training.  Once a course has been completed, add the date taken, an expiry date and/or notes to keep track of the training.  Refer back to the Passport to Safety to identify further training that may be required or you wish to complete.  Use it as a reminder for when new training or retraining may be needed.  This is a great tool for farmers to ensure workers have the training required to do their jobs safely on farm.

Workplace Safety Courses

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Emergency & Standard First AidIn The KnowMental Health First AidMental Health & Wellness in the WorkplaceWHMISForkliftConfined spaceFall protectionChainsawLockout/TagoutOHS CommitteeSafety Program Management CoursesOHS Legislation Courses

Emergency and Standard First aid are offered in two learning formats: in-class only and blended learning.

In-Class only requires the participant to attend class at the pre-arranged location and time.  Emergency First Aid in-class is 8 hours or 1-day in length and Standard First aid is 16 hours or 2-days in length.

Blended learning requires the participant to do online and in-class training.  Emergency First aid requires the participant to do 4 hours of training online and 4 hours of skills training in-class at the pre-arranged date and time.  Standard First Aid requires the participant to do 8 hours of training online and 8 hours of skills training in-class at the pre-arranged date and time.  The online training is self-paced and you can do as much as you want over a period of time as long as it is complete before the classroom date.  This option cuts the amount of time off-farm in half.

The recertification period for both learning formats  is every three (3) years and meets the Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations.  Courses are also available in Spanish upon request.

At a worksite where there are:

  • 1-19 employees, at least one employee must have emergency first aid training. An exception of this is if a worksite with fewer than 20 employees is more than 30 minutes from an emergency care facility at least one person shall have standard first aid training or, at least 30% of the employees must have emergency first aid training.
  • 20-99 employees, at least one employee must have standard first aid training.
  • 100 or more employees, at least one employee must have advanced first aid training.
  • Anyone who is working alone must have emergency first aid.

Emergency First Aid In-Class Only Cost: $60

Emergency First Aid Blended Learning Option Cost:$70

Standard First Aid In-Class Only Cost: $80

Standard First Aid Blended Learning Option Cost: $90

Check the Events Calendar.  Find a course date that works, then click here to register online.

To request a course a private course click here.

In the Know is a mental health literacy training program for farmers and the agricultural community.

It’s a five-hour virtual mental health literacy training workshop designed to fit better with the framing community’s limited availability due to rigid daily schedules, it contains critical mental health information, and it incorporates the agricultural community culture.

The objective of the program is to address farmer specific barriers to accessing mental health programming and resources. The program identifies the specific struggles of farming, and supports building confidence in recognizing mental health struggles, in talking about mental health, and in helping others.

This workshop is designed for farmers, producers, and those who have direct contact with the farming community such as family members, peers, veterinarians, breeders, seed or feed salespeople, financial institutions, accountants or community members.

Check the Events Calendar.  Find a course date that works, then click here to register online.

To request a course a private course click here.

Virtual Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, or a colleague.

Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

Program Set up:

Module 1: Self Paced Interactive Online Program (approximately 2 hours and has to be completed prior to the “live” training)

Module 2: Online live with facilitator (3 hours)

Module 3: Online live with facilitator (3 hours)

Minimum of 10 people required.

Cost: $127.50

Check the Events Calendar.  Find a course date that works, then click here to register online.

To request a course a private course click here.

Virtual Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace

This course is a one-day peer support-based course designed to address and promote mental health wellness and reduce stigma in the workplace. Individuals will gain skills, comfort, and knowledge to better identify and guide a colleague towards a resilient outcome.

After completing the course, participants will have:

  • More mental health and wellness knowledge, including stigma awareness.
  • Knowledge of the psychological and social risk factors that may create barriers to the work environment.
  • An understanding of stress and burnout and the effects of trauma and suicidality.
  • Effective tools and approaches that reduce stigma and help support and improve employee resilience.

Minimum of 10 people required.

Cost: $116.25

Check the Events Calendar.  Find a course date that works, then click here to register online.

To request a course a private course click here.

Cost: $50

This course is designed to educate a worker, supervisor or manager on the major elements of the WHMIS Program. The student is taught how to implement a WHMIS Program in compliance with existing legislation. Every effort will be made to address concerns to the participants’ requirements.

Regulatory Requirement: All those working with or in proximity to chemicals must be trained.

Cost: $165

Employers are required under the Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act to provide training to all persons operating forklift equipment. This course focuses on safe practices and procedures for operating forklifts. It is a comprehensive classroom program suitable for both experienced and novice operators. During the training participants will be instructed on the proper operating and safety procedures for forklifts. This classroom portion allows participants to give feedback and participate in class discussion. During the class, the participants will work in groups on case studies.

Upon completion of the classroom portion, participants are given practical training and a practical operator assessment on a functional forklift. Upon successful completions of all portions participants will be qualified forklift operators.

Regulatory Requirement: All those operating a forklift must be trained. The Forklift Training course expires three (3) years from date of completion.

Cost: $165

The participants will learn about the hazards of working in confined spaces, and the protective measures and equipment that help ensure a safer working environment.

Regulatory Requirement: Those entering a confined space must receive training. The Confined Space Entry Awareness courses expire two (2) years from date of completion.

Cost: $165

The goal of this course is to ensure participants know why it is important to have a fall protection procedure in place. This course engages participants with a mix of instructor presentations, class discussion and practical demonstrations using fall arrest equipment.

Regulatory Requirement: Training is required when fall protection is required working from heights. The Fall Protection course expires three (3) years from date of completion.

Cost: $165

This course focuses on safe practices and procedures for handling and operation of chainsaws. It is a comprehensive classroom program suitable for both experienced and novice operators. Uses Forestry Professional Guideline.

The course format will be lecture style, allowing students to give feedback and participate in a class discussion. Practical exercises will be conducted under controlled conditions.

Regulatory Requirement: Employers are required under the Canada Labour Code Part II and Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act to provide training to all persons operating equipment.

Cost: $165

This course is designed to ensure that your farm can develop a lockout system that complies with the applicable legislative requirements and industry best practices.

Cost: $165

Participants will learn the responsibilities of a Health & Safety Committee, how such committees should function and how to apply the lessons learned to the operation of their own committee and organization.

Cost: $165

There are a variety of safety program management courses available to support the implementation of your program – hazard identification, program implementation, incident investigation.

Cost: $165

Participants will gain the knowledge and understanding of health and safety and the law, workplace health and safety, workplace inspections and incident investigations. Participants will also gain an understanding of the function/duties of Safety Committee Representatives and Committee members.

License Endorsement Testing

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You must ensure you have the proper license and endorsement for the type and weight of vehicle you drive.

Endorsement (g)Condition 15Condition 23
Cost: $225 + HST

Valid for a farm tractor and implement combination with a combination weight of 14,000kg or less. Applies to tractor combination only.

Must hold a minimum Class 8 licence.

Cost: $53

Allows you to haul a trailer over 4,500kg with a truck or tractor. The combination vehicle weight is restricted based on your license class:

  • Combined with a Class 5 – combined vehicle weight up to 14,000kg
  • Combined with a Class 3 – combined vehicle weight can be over 14,000kg

Must hold a minimum of Class 5N license.

Cost: $53

Allows you to haul a tractor and implement with a combination weight over 14,000kg. Applies to tractor combination only.

Must hold a minimum Class 5R license.

Condition 23 requires a medical. Click here for a copy of the medical report for the doctor to complete.

This is considered a restricted class upgrade. May be on licenses as Class 3R, Class 3 or Class 5, endorsement will be noted on the back of license.

Farm Safety Webinars & Workshops

Webinar & Workshop Registration
Farmers Safety CornerCultivating your way to burn out?Building a Farm Safety Plan: Sections 1 - 5Under the Influence - Safe & Sober at Work?Violence isn’t just physical! Gear Up for Ag On-Farm InspectionsProg Ag Safety DaysYouth Operator DaysRoad Safety Info SessionsWomen's Equipment Operator DaySafe Animal Handling

This is your opportunity to meet with the Farm Safety Advisor with Farm Safety Nova Scotia to answer your questions in relation to safety on the Farm.  Ask questions about Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, about your current farm safety plan or about developing a farm safety plan, request a best practice or information in relation to a particular safety topic, gain advice on a challenge you are having on farm, or how to access additional information and training resources.

There are two opportunities each month to participate in Farmers Safety Corner.  Meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30am to 12:00pm and the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7-7:30pm.

Click here to register!

With labour shortages, the demands to do more with less, weather, government regulations, financial pressures, public attacks on agriculture, etc. you may find yourself feeling completely exhausted and potentially on your way to burn out. Fatigue and/or burn out can also be a result of not getting enough sleep or it could be the result of an underlying health condition.  Fatigue also plays an important role in your mental health.  Find out if you are on your way to burnout and how what appears to be a simple lack of sleep, could be changing your perspective of life on the farm and your ability to be a resilient farmer. Join the Farm Safety Advisor in some fun activities to get your perspective on the effects of fatigue, learn if you are on your way to burn out which may cause potential mental health challenges as well as gain tools and resources to head it off at the pass.

Webinar: February 2, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

To view the recording click here.

The Guide for the Farm Safety Plan and Workbook are a great resource to start building your own farm safety plan for the operations on your farm.  This 3-hour webinar will review each section of the guide and reference the workbook available in print, online and USB.  Learn the requirements to be included in a farm safety plan such as health and safety policy, inspection checklists, hazard & risk assessments, safe work practices, safety orientations for workers, incident reporting, and emergency response.

For more information go to the Farm Safety Nova Scotia Website to review and download the resources available.

March 19, 2021 @ 9:00am – 12:00pm   Click here to register.

Print Resources Mailed to Farm 1 Week Prior to Webinar: $15

The goal of the fitness for duty and substance abuse program is to provide a work environment that is both healthy and comfortable for all its workers. It is recognized that the use of alcohol or drugs may have serious adverse effects on a worker’s health, safety, and job performance.  Learn about the requirements for farm owners to ensure workers come to work fit for duty, learn how to lay out that expectation on paper, and ask questions as that may apply to your experiences on the farm.  Learn the signs and symptoms of impairment and how to handle difficult situations.

Webinar: March 9, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Click here to register.

Preventing all forms of workplace hazards including risks of workplace violence and harassment in the form of physical assault, threats or intimidation, bullying, gestures of a violent nature, harassment or abuse, and any other conduct that might reasonably give an employee cause for fear, insult his or her dignity or create a hostile or poisonous work environment is key in building a sustainable farm.  Learn how to build a policy statement, code of practice, as well as draft workplace violence surveys to evaluate your farm.

Webinar: February 23, 2021 @ 11:30 am-12:30 pm

To view the recording click here.

Is an interactive program involving personal protective equipment for many types of agricultural exposures with discussion of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for individual exposures.  There is a resource discussion and distribution including local and regional resources as well as distribution of PPE Startup Kit worth up to $75.  A pre-course survey will help customize this training experience specifically to your needs.

This workshop may be subject to public health restrictions.  A virtual backup program is available and will be held on the same day and time.

March 16/21 – Dalhousie Agricultural Campus @ 9:30am – 11:30am  Click here to register.

March 16/21 – 4-H Group @1:30 – 3:00pm  Click here to register.

We have partnered with the OHS Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education on an educational inspection initiative for the farm community. In 2016, OHS identified farming as a priority industry and FSNS worked closely with OHS Division to develop a phased approach to compliance inspections. There are three phases including: On-Farm Inspection Workshops, Individual On-Farm Inspections and Compliance Inspections. For more information visit the On-Farm Inspection Initiative.
Cost: Free

An opportunity for children ages 7 to 13 to learn about the hazards on the farm and what they can do to stay safe. This workshop is great for those that visit, work or live on farms. Children will visit virtual safety stations where they will learn in fun, interactive ways.   Virtual stations include Electricity & Underground Utilities, Stress, ATV Safety, Sun Safety, Chemical Safety, Lawn Equipment, Hearing Protection, Grain Safety to include Equipment, Augers, and PTO as well as Animal Safety.

Check out what this is all about through this YouTube video:

This event requires a 2021 Release Consent Form to be completed prior to attending the virtual event.  Download the form and e-mail to when your register.

March 17, 2021 @ 1 – 3pm

Click here to register.

The Young Operator Day is designed to provide youth aged 14-21 with an introduction to safe equipment operation. The day is jam packed with information and will also include practical sessions so participants get to put to use what they have learned! Sessions include: general worker safety, safe tractor operation, safe implement hitching, equipment maintenance, road safety and more! A minimum of a Class 8 license is required for those who will be operating equipment, but is not a requirement for participation in non-driving elements.

This workshop is for awareness purposes only and does not meet the requirements of a Tractor Safety Course required under the Motor Vehicle Act for hauling implements with a Class 8 license

This info session is intended to provide an overview of the Transportation Guidelines for Nova Scotia Farmers and provide you with an opportunity for questions. This session is delivered by Outreach Officers of Vehicle compliance with representatives in attendance from FSNS and NSFA.
Participants will learn about safe tractor operation, safe implement hitching, equipment maintenance and more! Participants must have a minimum Class 8 License.
Participants will learn the importance of low stress handling techniques, smart facility design and natural behaviour of cattle. Low stress handling and facility design are critical for both the safety and welfare of the animals and people.

Attend Your Event

Are you hosting an event that you would like us to participate in? We’re always looking for opportunities to reach the farm community, please get in touch with us to discuss potential opportunities!


  1. In The Know: Mental Health Literacy Training

    June 9 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

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