Specialist High Skills Major Programs let students focus on a career path in an employment sector 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 the requirements of the specific SHSM program.
SHSM Fact Sheet
The focused learning experiences of an SHSM program give students the
opportunity to explore, identify, and refine career goals and make informed
decisions related to postsecondary education, training, and next steps towards
The focused learning experiences of an SHSM program give students the opportunity to explore, identify, and refine career goals and make informed decisions related to postsecondary education, training, and next steps towards a career.
The experiential learning opportunities provided in an SHSM enable students to refine their skills and improve their work habits, gain confidence in their ability to succeed, and see the connections between their studies, the real world, and their future careers. Students are also able to begin to establish relationships and networks in their chosen fields.
Students who graduate with a SHSM can look forward to improved prospects after secondary school because of the recognition of and support of the SHSM framework in the postsecondary destination of their choice, whether it be apprenticeship training, a college or university program or the workplace.
What Are the Requirements of a Specialist High Skills Major?
A bundle of Grade 11 and 12 credits that comprises of:∙ four major credits∙ two or three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum∙ two co-operative education credits tied to major credits
Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs including First Aid and CPR
Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
Reach ahead experiences connected with the student's post-secondary plans
Development of Essential Skills and Work Habits using the Ontario Skills Passport