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Energy Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Offered at:

St. Mother Teresa High School


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

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

Sector-recognized certifications & training

  • 4 compulsory certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS (generic), CPR (Level C) with AED
  • 3 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 energy sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an energy sector worker (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the energy sector (an example of work experience)
  • attendance at an energy sector trade show, a conference, a symposium, or a job fair
  • a tour of an energy-efficient building to explore passive-solar design and green building materials
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national contest or competition with a focus on energy
  • a tour of a wind farm or generating station
  • volunteering with a non-profit organization focused on energy conservation