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What is SHSM?

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program that allows students to gain credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and focus their learning on a specific economic sector at the same time. The SHSM is a Ministry of Education approved program.

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 industry certifications like first aid and CPR qualifications

  • gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements

Pursuing an SHSM can help students:

  • customize their high school education to suit their interests and talents

  • develop specialized knowledge and skills

  • earn credits that postsecondary educational institutions and employers recognize

  • gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training

  • engage in STEM-related activities that develop innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship

  • identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future

  • transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways, should their goals and plans change