Specialist High Skills Majors

Courses focussed towards a career

What are they?

Specialist High Skills MajorsSpecialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM's seal on their diploma when they

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • gain important skills on the job with employers.

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Who are they for?

Grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • heading for an apprenticeship, training, college, university or the workplace.
  • wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.

How can they help?

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.

Specialist High Skills Major Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: PDF, 213 KB

More information

Brendan Tanner Murray Chef Mario Scozzafava of Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls was an inspiration for student Brendan Tanner Murray. Through OYAP, he participated in cooking classes, completed the SHSM program, and was registered with the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) as an apprentice cook. He received the Aramark Food Services Bursary when he graduated.

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Specialist High Skills Majors are now available in:

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Specialist High Skills Majors available in 2015-2016

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Policy and implementation documents, and supplementary resources for SHSM programs:

In the print version:

  1. The SHSM- Business requires completion of 2 elective certifications (pg. BUS-8)
  2. The SHSM- Construction requires a Grade 12 Mathematics credit in the Apprenticeship Training, College and University pathways, and a Grade 12 English credit in the Grade 12 Workplace pathway (pg.CON-9).

Boards and schools can order this document in paper and CD version from ServiceOntario Publications.

SHSM Templates

Contextualized Learning Activities (CLAs)

Contextualized Learning Activities, a minimum of six hours and a maximum of ten hours in length, address curriculum expectations in the context of the sector for the other required courses. Over 700 hundred CLAs have been developed by teachers and are posted on password protected sites for educators:

  • OERB (board log-in and password required)
  • E-community (individual log-in and password required)

SHSM Visual Identity

Additional Policy and Resource Documents

Workplace Safety Documents:

Other Resources: