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‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äčagriculture.jpgA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Agriculture‚Äč sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from animal science and livestock management, to cash crop production and agri-business management, to agricultural equipment sales and service. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Agriculture possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Agriculture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Agriculture industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  

‚ÄčThe Agriculture SHSM Program consists of five required components:‚Äč

1. Bundled Cre‚Äčdits

Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Agriculture sector. ‚Äč

‚ÄčCredits

‚Äč‚ÄčApprenticeship 

(Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčCollege (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčUniversity (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčWorkplace (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčMajor Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit 

‚Äč4 

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚ÄčEnglish (Including a CLA)

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚ÄčBusiness or Science (Including a CLA) 

‚Äč1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚ÄčCo-Operative Education‚Äč

‚Äč2

‚Äč2

‚Äč2

‚Äč2


2. Certification and Training‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčThree Compulsory Certifications ‚Äč ‚Äč

‚ÄčCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C ‚Äď Includes AED 

‚ÄčStandard First Aid 

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic ‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčThree Elective Certifications ‚Äč ‚Äč ‚Äč

‚ÄčAnimal First Aid 

‚ÄčBasic Electrical Safety 

‚ÄčChainsaw Safety 

‚ÄčCompass/Map/GPS 

‚ÄčCustomer Service

‚ÄčEquipment Operation Safety 

‚ÄčFundamentals of the Combine ‚Äď Level One 

‚ÄčGPS in Farming

‚ÄčGrain Grading 

‚ÄčHazardous Atmospheres and Confined Spaces

‚ÄčHerbicide and Pesticide 

‚ÄčHydraulics ‚Äď Basic 

‚ÄčInfection Control 

‚ÄčLarge Animal Handling 

‚ÄčLeadership Skills

‚ÄčLift Truck Safety

‚ÄčLivestock Medicine ‚Äč

‚ÄčLivestock Production

‚ÄčLockout / Tagout

‚ÄčNutrient Management ‚Äč

‚ÄčPersonal Protective Equipment ‚Äď Agriculture 

‚ÄčPrinciples of Drainage

‚ÄčSafe Lifting

‚ÄčSector-Specific Vehicle Operation and Safety‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčSeed Saving

‚ÄčSmall Engines Maintenance

‚ÄčSoil Testing Techniques

‚ÄčTheory of Combine Settings and Adjustments ‚Äď Level Two

‚ÄčTractors and Other Self-Propelled Equipment

‚ÄčTransgenic Plant Identification

‚ÄčVehicle Lift Safety

‚ÄčWeed and Pest Identification

‚ÄčWorking at Heights‚Äč

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3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

‚Äč4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student‚Äôs post-secondary plans. 

5. Sector-Partnered Experience

Students will complete a sector-partnered contextualized learning experience.

SHSM Program Recognition

  • Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:
  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  

Career Pathways

The Agriculture SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčArborist
Blacksmith
Farm Equipment Technician
Fruit Grower
Horse Groom
Livestock Herdsperson
Parts Person  

‚ÄčAgriculture Equipment Salesperson
Customer Support Representative
Farmer and Farm Manager
Greenhouse Technician
Technical Sales Specialist
Veterinary Assistant
Winery and Viticulture Technician  

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

‚ÄčAgricultural Business Consultant
Agricultural Inspector
Agronomist
Animal Scientist
Bio-Resource Management Specialist 
Soil Scientist
Veterinarian

‚ÄčGeneral Farm Worker
Greenhouse Worker
Harvesting Labourer
Mechanic Assistant
Pet Groomer and Animal Care Worker
Specialized Livestock Worker

For more information about the Agriculture SHSM program, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.