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What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

An SHSM is a Ministry approved specialized program that allows  grade 11 or 12 students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D).   Upon completion of their SHSM, students will receive a red seal on their diploma.

The requirements include:

  • completing a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field

  • earning valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • gaining important skills on the job with employers through a co-op placement linked to their SHSM

**For more information check out
 the Ministry SHSM Fact Sheet


SHSM's at Westlane:

DSBN Regional SHSM's:


Please see Guidance for more information on signing up for an SHSM!