Sports Specialist High Skills Major


SHSM: What is it?

Specialist High Skills Major Certificates student info sheet

Ontario Skills Passport

Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM’s seal on their diploma when they

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student’s selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • gain important skills on the job with employers.

Who Is It For?

Grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • heading for an apprenticeship, training, college, university or the workplace.
  • wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications

When Do I Start It?

Grade 11 is the time to start. See your guidance counsellor to create a plan when in Grade 10. There are many components of SHSM.   Take PLF4MI and Coop in your Grade 11 high school year.  Expect that your coop placement will be in a Sports related career field.