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.

Workplace Safety Courses

First Aid - Emergency, Standard and SpanishMental Health First AidWHMISForkliftConfined spaceFall protectionChainsawLockout/TagoutOHS CommitteeSafety Program Management CoursesOHS Legislation Courses
The recertification period for this first aid certificate is every three (3) years. 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

Cost: $70

Required for worksite with 1 – 19 employees.

Standard First Aid

Cost: $90

Required for worksite with 20 – 99 employees.

Mental Health First Aid

Cost: $115

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 the first help for an injured person, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

St. John Ambulance offers private in-house training for groups with a minimum of eight participants as well as regularly scheduled public courses.

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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.

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License Endorsement Testing

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. 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.

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Farm Safety Workshops

On-Farm InspectionsProg Ag Safety DaysYouth Operator DaysRoad Safety Info SessionsWomen's Equipment Operator DaySafe Animal Handling
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: $10/child or $20/family

This workshop provides an opportunity for children 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 different stations where they will learn in fun, interactive ways.

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. NSFA Annual General Meeting

    November 28 @ 8:00 am - November 29 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Farm Safety NS Annual Meeting

    November 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

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