What is a SHSM?

Specialist 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 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 through cooperative education placements.


Who are they for?

Grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • heading for 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.

WDHS offers 3 Specialist High Skills Majors programs


ENVIRONMENTAL SHSM

CONSTRUCTION SHSM

HEALTH AND WELLNESS SHSM

Certifications Offered in 2017

  • CPR with AED
  • Standard First Aid
  • WHMIS
  • GPS navigation/Map and Compass
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Species Identifcation
  • Pleasure Craft Operator License
  • Leave No Trace
  • Leadership Skills

Certifications Offered in 2017

  • CPR with AED
  • Standard First Aid
  • WHMIS
  • Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
  • Working at Heights
  • Health and Safety (basic)
  • Leadership Skills
  • Fire Extinguisher Safety
  • Confined Space Awareness

Certifications Offered in 2017

  • CPR with AED
  • Standard First Aid
  • WHMIS
  • Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
  • Infection Control
  • Leadership Skills
  • Personality Dimensions
  • Customer Service

SHSM Application Form 2017: