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Required Components for SHSM

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Construction SHSM

Students will build a solid foundation for a future in the construction sector through this exploratory, hands-on program! By engaging in experiential learning opportunities like trips to the worksite, students will learn about the industry and develop tactile skills in architectural design, carpentry, home building, and electrical/plumbing. They will also participate in relevant training programs and have the chance to earn sector-recognized certifications, such as Working at Heights and First Aid & CPR, to better prepare for their postsecondary pathway.

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Regional Construction SHSM

Career building starts here! Students in Grades 11 and 12 across the DSBN may participate in this full-day, one semester program where they will learn about the broad scope of construction projects. Students will have the chance to network with industry professionals, earn sector-recognized certifications, and potentially become a signed apprentice through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Bricklayers 
  • Carpenters 
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system) 
  • Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics 
  • Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) 
  • Plumbers 
  • Roofers and shinglers 


  • Architectural technologists and technicians 
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Construction estimators 
  • Construction inspectors 
  • Construction managers 
  • Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades, and telecommunications occupations 
  • Home building and renovation managers 
  • Interior designers and interior decorators 


  • Architects 
  • Civil engineers 
  • Electrical and electronics engineers 
  • Mechanical engineers 

Work Experience

  • Concrete finishers 
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers 
  • Home building and renovation managers 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Construction:


  • Exploring Technologies (TIJ 1O): This Grade 9 course is recommended for all students following SHSM pathways that have a technological education focus. The course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of technologies, including agriculture technology, by engaging in activities related to them.
  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.
  • Construction Technology: This course is recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Construction program.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


1.     A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

  • Four major credits
  • Other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. These credits include:
  • one in English
  • two in Mathematics
  • one in Science or Business Studies
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

5.     Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!