Agriculture

Mitchell District High School

The SHSM–Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on agricultural equipment or animal and crop science.

Apprenticeship Training College
Arborist Agricultural Equipment & Supplied Technical Salesperson
Blacksmith Customer Support Representative
Dairy Herdsperson Farmer & Farm Manager
Farm Equipment Technician Technical Sales Specialist
Fruit Grower Veterinary Equipment & Supplies Salesperson
Horse Groomer Winery & Viticulture Technician
Parts Person
Swine Herdsperson
University Workplace
Agricultural Chemist General Farm Worker
Agricultural Inspector Greenhouse Worker
Agronomist Harvesting Labourer
Chemical Engineer Mechanic Helper
Mechanical Engineer Pet Groomer & Animal Care Worker
Soil Scientist Specialized Livestock Worker
Veterinarian

Did You Know

327,000 people were employed in Canadian agriculture in 2008, representing 1.8 percent of the Canadian labour force.

- Statistics Canada 2008

Required Components for the Agriculture Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of ten grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four agriculture major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and a choice of business studies or science
    • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (three compulsory and a choice of three electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Development of Essential Skills and work habits are required in the sector, and documentation of them using OSP

Agriculture Pathways Chart

Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
SHSM Major Credits (2 in each grade) BMI3C, TTJ3O, TDJ3O, TMJ3E TDJ4O, CGR4M, BDV4C, TTJ4E, TMJ4E TDJ3M, TTJ3C, BMI3C TTJ4C, TDJ4M, CGR4M, BAT4M SPH3U, TDJ3M, SCH3U, SBI3U SCH4U, BAT4M, CGR4M, SPH4U, SBI4U TMJ3E, TDJ3O, TTJ3O, TCJ3E TMJ4E, TDJ4O, TTJ4E, TCJ4E
English ENG3C ENG3C ENG3U ENG4E
Math MBF3C MAP4C MDM4U MEL3E
1 Credit in Science or Business BDI3C, SBI3C, SCH4C BDI3C, SBI3C, SCH4C SBI3U, SCH3U, SCH4U BDI3C, SVN3E, SNC4E
Co-op 2 credits 2 Credit Co-op Tied to SHSM Sector
Certifications Certifications - Compulsory (3)
Standard First Aid, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A, General WHMIS
Certifications - Electives (3)
Basic Electrics, Basic Hydraulics, Chain Saw Safety, Equipment Operation Safety, Fall Protection, Grain Grading, Hazardous Atmosphere and Confined Spaces, Large Animal Handling, Level 1 Fundamentals of the Combine, Level 2 Theory of Combine Settings and Adjustments, Lift Truck Training, Livestock Medicine, Lockout Procedures, Nutrient Management, Personal Protective Equipment in Agriculture, Pesticide Handling and Safety

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Three Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Standard First-Aid
Three electives from the list below
Chainsaw Safety Electric - Basic Equipment Operaton Safety Fall Protection
Fundamentals of the Combine - Level 1 Grain Grading Hazardous Atmospheres & Confined Spaces Hydraulics - Basic
Large Animal Handling Lift Truck Safety Livestock Medicine Lockout/Tagging
Nutrient Management Personal Protective Equipment - Agriculture Pesticide Handling & Safety Safe Lifting
Small Engines Maintenance Theory of Combine Settings & Adjustments - Level 2 Tractors & Other Self Propelled Equipment

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Agriculture Major may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education Credit 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Business Studies or Science or Additional Cooperative Education Credit 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.
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This program is funded by the
Government of Ontario.