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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).


This is a 2-Day Training!
Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday October 9, 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: 9:00 am – 3:30pm

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


Wednesday October 9, 2019
Ethical Considerations for Justice
Training Provider: Common Compass

In this interactive session, students will learn about the ethics involved in managing teams and how to use reflective practice to make ethical decisions in a diverse world. Students will gain an understanding of how their own identities and experiences can influence their decision making. Case scenarios, team competitions, and other participatory activities will be used.
Training time is from 9:15am-2:30pm.

Training will take place at St. Benedict’s CSS

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 1 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.


December 11, 2019
Emergency Response and Incident Management Training
Hotzone Training Consultants , Cambridge

Thinking about a career in Emergency Services?
During this 1 day training, start thinking about how everyone deals with emergencies. Experience a fire simulator, and hear first hand stories from firefighters and paramedics about how they’ve dealt with emergency situations.

Plus! Demonstrate what you’ve learned through a simulated emergency with the group, where you will be put into action to manage an “emergency”.

Training time is: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 3 elective certification(s).


Semester 2

March 5, 2020
Conflict Resolution and Lifting Techniques Training
Hotzone Training, Cambridge

At Hotzone Training in Cambridge, you will learn from paramedics and others in the health care industry how to deal with difficult behaviour and diffuse conflict.
This is excellent training when working with the public and in stressful situations.

In the afternoon you will learn the various methods and techniques for safely moving and transferring patients.

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 2 certifications.

Online Sign-up Opens Feb 3, 2020

March 12, 2020
Law Day: Mock Trial Event
Hosted by Waterloo Region Law Association,

Law Day is a national event celebrating the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The mock trial event offers an opportunity to educate and inform students about the role and importance of the law on the justice system in people’s lives.

The mock trial is conducted by real lawyers using real court house staff and is presided over by judges of the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. Some students will be selected to play the role of jurors. These jurors will be selected from the students attending the event. Some students will also be chosen prior to the event to play the role of witnesses and the accused.

At the end of the mock trial there will be a pizza lunch followed by a question and answer session with members of the local legal profession. We anticipate that there will be lawyers, paralegals, police officers, court staff and judges in attendance to answer questions. This is a great opportunity for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession to find out what it is really like!

Lunch is provided.
You will earn 2 certifications.

Online Sign-up Opens Feb 10, 2020

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