The SHSM–Environment 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. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on environmental science or environmental studies. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Arborist Agriculture Operator & Manager
Biological Technologist or Biological
Conservation Officer or Fishery Officer
Environmental Technician
Field Technician – Air Pollution
Forest Ecologist
Forestry Technologist/Technician
Geological & Mineral Technologist/Technician
Habitat Management Technician
Hatchery or Fisheries Technician
Mapping & Related Technologist/Technician
Quality Control – Chemical Engineering
Silviculture & Forestry Workers
Soil Testing Technologist
Technician – Pollution Control
University Workplace
Air Quality Meteorologist Canoeing Guide
Chemical Engineer Fishing Guide
Climatologist Hunting Guide
Environmental & Occupational Toxicologist Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Workers
Environmental Biologist Outdoor Sport & Recreation Guide
Environmental Engineer Recreation Program Leader
Environmental Impact Analyst Recycled Paper Handler
Environmental Planner Silviculture & Forestry Workers
Environmental Program Coordinator Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Forestry Professional
Geological Engineer
Geologist & Geochemist
Interpretive Naturalist
Landscape Architects
Urban & Land Use Planners
Waste Diversion Consultant
Did You Know?

There are approximately 682,000 environmental professionals within major industry groups across Canada.

- Environmental Careers Organization Canada, 2010

Required Components for the Energy Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four energy major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics and business studies or science or Canadian & world studies
    • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Six 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

Environment Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defribrillation (AED) Compass/map global positioning system (GPS) Standard First-Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) - generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three electives from the list below
Advanced training in technique (e.g. knots techniques) Animal and plant management Below Zero Chainsaw safety
Customer service Fire safety and fire extinguisher use Geographic Information System (GIS) Habitat restoration
Hike Ontario Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Introduction to stream assessment protocol Ladder safety training
Leadership skills Leave No Trace Life-saving (Bronze Cross or higher) Ontario Hunter Education
Paddling techniques Pleasure Craft Operator Portfolio development Project management
Project Wild Radio operator Search and rescue Sector-specific vehicle operation and safety
Species identification (e.g., fish, birds, plants, trees, small mammals) Water/ice safety Watershed management Wilderness first aid
Wilderness survival Working at Heights

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