The SHSM–Construction enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
  • Heavy Industrial Construction: building industrial facilities such as cement, automotive, chemical, or power plants, refineries, and oil-sands installations.
  • New Home Building and Renovation: building, remodeling, or renovating houses and apartment buildings.
  • Institutional and Commercial Construction: building commercial and institutional buildings and structures such as stadiums, schools, hospitals, grain elevators, and swimming pools.
  • Civil Engineering Construction: engineering projects such as highways, dams, water and sewer lines, power and communication lines, and bridges
Apprenticeship Training College
Brick & Stone Mason Architectural Design Technician or Technologist
Carpenter Civil Engineering Technologist
Construction Millwright Construction Estimator
Electrician Construction Manager
Heating & Air Conditioning Contractor Construction Technologist
Painter & Decorator Contractor & Supervisor, Electrical Trades & Telecommunications
Plumber Home Inspector
Roofer Interior Designer
Residential Home Builder or Renovator
University Workplace
Architect Carpenter Helper
Electrical Engineer Concrete Finisher
Mechanical Engineer Construction Trades Helper & Labourer
Structural Engineer Demolition Worker
Drywall Installer
Helper – Construction Trades
Home Renovator
Did You Know?

Ontario will need 73,000 workers to replace those retiring, plus 84,000 in addition to fill new employment opportunities related to new construction over the 2011-2019 period.

- Careers in Construction, 2011

Required Components for the Construction Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of ten grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
      • Four construction 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
  • Seven sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (five compulsory and a choice of two 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

Construction Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Five Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A Fall Protection Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Health & Safety - Basic Standard First-Aid
Two electives from the list below
Chainsaw Safety Confined Space Awareness Electrical Safety Elevated Work Platforms
Energy Efficiency Training Insulated Concrete Forming Hoisting & Rigging Lift Truck Safety
Power-Actuated Tools Personal Protective Equipment - Construction Propane in Construction Scaffold Safety
Traffic Control Suspended Access Equipment Trenching Safety

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
Construction Major (may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education credit) 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 2 cr.
Math 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 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 10 cr. 10 cr. 10 cr. 10 cr.