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Hospitality & Tourism Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

St. Patrick’s High School


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

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

Sector-recognized certifications & training

  • 4 compulsory certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS (generic), CPR (Level C) with AED, customer service
  • 2 additional certifications and/or training courses as specified in the sector-specific guide

Experiential learning and career exploration activities

  • explore, observe and participate in a variety of Hospitality & Tourism experiences and careers
  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student in an Hospitality & Tourism sector placement (e.g. turbine engine technician, job twinning)
  • a day long observation of an Hospitality & Tourism sector employee, such as a chef (job shadowing)
  • one to two week work experience with a sector employee (e.g. local tourist attraction)
  • attendance at a hospitality or tourism sector trade show, a conference, a symposium, or a job fair
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national contest or competition with a focus on hospitality and tourism
  • a tour of a tourism or hospitality business
  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education
  • assisting at a community competition or event