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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)


Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) at Carleton Place High School

What is a SHSM?

Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements

Who is a SHSM for?

Grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • heading for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace
  • wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.

How can obtaining a SHSM help?

Students have the opportunity to:

  • gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.

NOTE: The above information was retrieved from the UCDSB website, which was provided by the Government of Ontario.


Carleton Place High School offers five (5) different SHSMs. Select the SHSM sector below to be directed to the Ontario Ministry of Education website, which provides a more detailed overview of each specific SHSM.

Each SHSM at CPHS is organized and overseen by an incredible team. The SHSM leads at CPHS are:

If you are interested in joining a SHSM, or would like more information, please reach out the SHSM lead of the sector you are interested in.

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