SHSM - Specialist High Skills Major


The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program is a specialized program that allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills, interests, and talents while working towards their secondary school diploma. The program also helps students transition into their chosen path once they graduate. By taking a specific cluster of courses, students gain skills and knowledge related to their chosen field. SHSMs encourage students to focus their secondary school education toward a career area of their choice. Students can earn a SHSM program accreditation no matter what their post-secondary plans — apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.


A SHSM can help students:

  • Get work experience related to their interests
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills
  • Customize their high school experience
  • Gain valuable certifications and training
  • Earn post-secondary scholarships
  • Be recognized by employers
  • Earn a Red Seal Diploma
  • Explore career goals in all pathways

See your guidance counsellor for more information!

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Frequently Asked Questions