Information and Communications Technology

Students enrolled in the SHSM–Information and Communications Technology will be involved in today’s rapid and exciting changes in technology and will contribute to new and emerging media and technologies in the years to come.

The SHSM–Information and Communications Technology 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 communication systems, computer systems, or software and digital media. Where a choice of focus areas is offered, students may select one (Ministry of Education, 2010)

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Computer Network Technician Audio & Video Recording Technician
Help Desk Technology Support Analyst Broadcast Technician
Telecommunications Installation & Repair/Network Cabling Specialist Electrical & Electronics EngineeringTechnologist & Technician
Telecommunications Line & Cable Worker Electronic Service Technician
Film & Video Camera Operator
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator
Systems Testing Technician
User Support
Web Designer & Developer
University Workplace
Computer Engineer Desktop Publishing Operator
Computer Programmer & Interactive Media Developer Residential & Commercial Installer & Servicer – Satellite Dish Installer
Information Systems Analyst Retail Salesperson & Sales Clerk
Software Engineer & Designer Telecommunications Cable Installer Helper & Splicer Helper
Technical Sales Specialist
Did You Know?

On average, and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) worker earned $67,225 in 2010, or 52% more then the economy-wide average of $44,366. Industry Canada, 2011.

- Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council, 2012

Required Components for the Information & Communication Technology Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four information & Communication Technology 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

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Three Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Three electives from the list below
Advanced training in a technique (e.g., website design, coding, digital lighting, search engine optimization (SEO)) Basic electrical safety CISCO networking Computer hardware
Counterfeit detection Customer service Electronics - basic Elevated work platforms
Ergonomics Fall Protection Health & Safety -Basic Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
Intellectual Property Interfacing equipment Internet security Ladder safety training
Leadership skills Lighting & sound equipment maintenance Lockout/tagging Network cabling
Network configuration Portfolio development Project management Recording equipment
Sector-specific hardware 1 Sector-specific hardware 1 Specialized skills training program/competition Technical support
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
Information & Communications Technology 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.
The Arts or 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.

* Complete a minimum of one assignment (~ 6-10 hrs. of work) geared towards information & comunications technology in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics and a choice of the arts, business studies or science.