What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

Students explore a career path that matches their skills, interests and talents while earning a Specialist Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 

Who is it for?

Grade 11 and 12 students can upgrade their OSSD while they try out a sector that interests them and see if it is the direction they want to take.

What are the key benefits of SHSM? 

  • Build Relevant Industry skills;

  • Industry Recognized Certifications at no cost;

  • Authentic Experiential Learning with Industry partners;

  • Reach Ahead Opportunities (Dual Credit, OYAP);

  • Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship Opportunities; and

  • Receive recognition for your accomplishments

What are the SHSM program requirements? 

Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:

  • complete a specific bundle of 7-9 credits (including 2 in Coop); 

  • earn valuable industry sector recognized certifications (compulsory & electives); 

  • gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements.

What SHSM programs are offered at West? 

  • At West we offer two SHSMs:  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Building Construction


  • To register for SHSM please fill out this Google form

SHSM Supplementary Option Sheet. If you have any questions regarding registration, please speak with your guidance counselor. 

For full details including all other SHSM programs and locations offered within the OCDSB please click the link below!

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