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A diverse array of career opportunities can be found within theConstruction sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from carpentry and civil engineering, to plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical installations. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Construction possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Construction 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 Construction industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.‚Äč

‚ÄčThe Construction SHSM Program consists of five required components:

1. Bundled Credits

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 Construction sector.  ‚Äč

‚ÄčCredits

‚ÄčApprenticeship (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčCollege (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčUniversity (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčWorkplace (Grades 11-12)‚Äč

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

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

‚ÄčEnglish (Including a CLA)

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2
One credit must be in 
Grade 12

‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

2
One credit must be in 
Grade 12
2
One credit must be in 
Grade 12
2
One credit must be in 
Grade 12

‚Äč1

‚ÄčBusiness or Science (Including a CLA) 

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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
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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

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2. Certification and Training‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčFive Compulsory Certifications‚Äč‚Äč

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

‚ÄčHealth and Safety - Basic

‚ÄčStandard First Aid 

‚ÄčWorking at Heights

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic ‚Äč


‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčTwo Elective Certifications ‚Äč ‚Äč

‚ÄčBasic Electrical Safety 

‚ÄčCanadian Welding Bureau (CWB) ‚Äď Flat 

‚ÄčChainsaw Safety 

‚ÄčConfined Space Awareness 

‚ÄčCustomer Service

‚ÄčElevated Work Platforms

‚ÄčEnergy Efficiency Training

‚ÄčFire Extinguisher Use 

‚ÄčHoisting and Rigging 

‚ÄčInsulated Concrete Forming 

‚ÄčLand Surveying Basics

‚ÄčLeadership Skills 

‚ÄčLockout / Tagout 

‚ÄčPersonal Protective Equipment ‚Äď Construction 

‚ÄčPowder-Actuated Tools 

‚ÄčPropane In Construction

‚ÄčScaffold Safety

‚ÄčSector-Specific Vehicle Operation and Safety 

‚ÄčSpecialized Skills Training Program / Competition

‚ÄčSuspended Access Equipment

‚ÄčTraffic Control

‚ÄčTrenching Safety ‚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). 

4. 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:‚Äč

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  ‚Äč

Career Pathways

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

‚Äč‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčBrick and Stone Mason
Carpenter
Electrician
Heating and Cooling Contractor
Millwright
Plumber
Roofe
‚ÄčArchitectural Design Technician
Civil Engineering Technologist
Construction Estimator / Manager
Home Inspector
Interior Designer
Residential Home Builder or Renovator

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

‚ÄčArchitect
Electrical Engineer
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineer
Structural Engineer
‚ÄčCarpenter Assistant
Concrete Finisher
Construction Labourer
Demolition Worker
Drywall Installer ‚Äč


For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor