Specialist High Skills Major


An SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

What are the benefits?

Students can:

  • customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents
  • develop specialized knowledge and skills
  • earn credits that post secondary educational institutions and the sector recognize
  • gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training


Grades 11 – 12

Four health and wellness major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills

Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations may be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the health and wellness sector

  • one in English;
  • one in mathematics; and
  • one in science or social sciences and humanities (covered with HSP 3U/3C)

Two Co-op credits with placements in the specific sector

Sector specific certifications (7) ex; First Aid/CPR

CreditsApprenticeship Training Grades 11 - 12College Grades 11 - 12University Grades 11 - 12Workplace Grades 11 - 12
Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
English may include a CLA1111
Mathematics may include a CLA1111
Science or Social Sciences and Humanities may include a CLA
May be substituted with 1 cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
Cooperative Education2222
Total number of credits9999
Four (4) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Level C or Health Care Provider (HCP); both include automated external defibrilationinfection controlStandard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) - generic (ie. not site-specific) instruction
Three (3) electives from the list below
advanced training in a technique (e.g. feeding assistance, airway management, IV insertion)davanced training in a technology (309)allergy awarenessambulation, lifting, and transfers
animal first aidanti-oppression and allyship trainingapproaches to healingbabysitting
behaviour managementchild safety and injury preventioncommunication skillsconcussion awareness
conflict resolutioncustomer servicedietary considerationsequity and inclusion
ethical considerationsfire safety and fire extinguisher useFirst aid/CPR/AED awarenessfitness
Food Handler Certificationgroup dynamicslab practicesleadership skills
marin and wilderness first aidmedical terminologymental health awarenessMental Health First Aid
non-violent crisis interventionpersonal trainingpersonality inventoryportfolio development
project managementsafe body mechanicssafe food handling - basicsign language
spa service (208)specialized care (e.g., diabetes, dementia, nutrition)sterile techniquesstress management techniques
waste managementwrapping and taping for performance and injury