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.

AMDSB has a vibrant agriculture program at Mitchell District High School with a focus on animal science.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
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
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
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Agriculture Pathways Chart

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.