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Construction Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Offered at:

St. Mark High School

St. Peter High School


  • 4 Construction Major Course credits (minimum one Grade 11, one Grade 12)
  • 2 Cooperative Education credits
  • 2 Math credits (Grade 11 and 12)*
  • 1 English credit (Grade 11 or 12)*
  • 1 Business Studies or Science (Grade 11 or 12)*

*Ontario curriculum credits that involve one or more Contextualized Learning Activities delivered in the context of the Construction sector

Sector-recognized certifications & training

  • 5 compulsory certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS (generic), CPR (Level C) with AED, basic health and safety, Working at Heights
  • 2 additional certifications and/or training courses as specified in the sector-specific guide

Experiential learning and career exploration activities

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the construction sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the construction sector (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with an individual employed in the construction sector (an example of work experience)
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national Skills Canada competition
  • a tour of a municipal planning department
  • attendance at a construction sector trade show, conference, or job fair
  • a volunteer experience with a non-profit organization such as Habitat for Humanity