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The SHSM–Business enables students to build a foundation of career-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. Some SHSM courses may be designed to have a particular focus on things such as entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, retail, marketing, international business, economics, management and administration, or event planning.

The Business SHSM is offered at Dundas Valley, Glendale, Orchard Park and Waterdown District.

Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Accounting, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership
  • Three other required courses: English, Grade 11 Math and Grade 12 Math
  • Two Cooperative Education credits in a business related placement

Speak to your guidance counsellor or SHSM subject teachers for specific pathway courses for your school

Coop placements could include working at places like Retail stores, various business offices including accounting firms, law offices, real estate, etc., human resources departments, marketing companies and small business ventures.

Credits

Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11-12

College
Grades 11-12

University
Grades 11-12

Workplace
Grades 11-12

Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
4
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
English including a CLA in each credit 1 1 1 2
One credit must be in Gr. 12
Mathematics including a CLA in each credit 2
One credit must be in Gr. 12
2
One credit must be in Gr. 12
2
One credit must be in Gr. 12
1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 9 9 9

Certifications

This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table.

Four (4) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) customer service Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site- specific) instruction

 

Two (2) electives from the list below

business etiquette cash handling and register training counterfeit detection effective networking
equity and inclusion ergonomics ethical considerations fraud prevention
fundraising health and safety – basic successful exhibiting leadership skills
negotiation training personality inventory portfolio development project management
public speaking retail representative sector-specific software 1 specialized business program/competition (e.g., regional or provincial level DECA, Junior Achievement Company Program, Stock Market Competition, Make Your Pitch, Summer Company Program)

Experiential Learning

  • Tours of local businesses
  • Participation in DECA and Dragon’s Nest competitions
  • Attending leadership conferences
  • Job shadowing, job twinning or short-term work experience with a local business employer

Reach Ahead Examples

  • Talks with local business professionals
  • Interviewing a college or university student
  • Visits to post-secondary institutions offering business studies programs
  • Attending guest lectures

Occupations in the Business Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the arts and culture sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

Apprenticeship Training

College

  • Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer 6421
  • Parts Technician 1472
  • Special Events Coordinator 1226
  • Accounting and Related Clerk 1431
  • Administrative Clerk 1441
  • Administrative Officer 1221
  • Assessor, Valuator, and Appraiser 1235
  • Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Clerk 1434
  • Bookkeeper 1231
  • Conference and Event Planner 1226
  • Court Officer and Justice of the Peace 1227
  • Desktop Publishing Operator and Related Occupations 1423
  • Insurance Adjuster and Claims Examiner 1233
  • Legal Secretary 1242
  • Loan Officer 1232
  • Personnel and Recruitment Officer 1223
  • Personnel Clerk 1442
  • Professional in Business Services 1122
  • Purchasing Agent and Officer 1225
  • Retail and Wholesale Buyer 6233
  • Secretary (except Legal and Medical) 1241
  • Social Policy Researcher, Consultant, and Program Officer 4164
  • Specialist in Human Resources 1121
  • Supervisor – Recording, Distributing, and Scheduling 1215
  • Supervisor, Finance and Insurance Clerks 1212

University

Workplace

  • Business Development Officer and Marketing Researcher and Consultant 4163
  • Economist and Economic Policy Researcher and Analyst 4162
  • Executive Assistant 1222
  • Financial and Investment Analyst 1112
  • Financial Auditor and Accountant 1111
  • Mathematician, Statistician, and Actuary 2161
  • Professional in Business Services 1122
  • Securities Agent, Investment Dealer, and Broker 1113
  • Social Policy Researcher, Consultant, and Program Officer 4164
  • Specialist in Human Resources 1121
  • Accounting and Related Clerk 1431
  • Administrative Clerk 1441
  • Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial
  • Clerk 1434
  • Customer Service and Related Clerks 1453
  • Customer Service Representative – Financial Services 1433
  • Customs, Ship, and Other Broker 1236
  • General Office Clerk 1411
  • Payroll Clerk 1432
  • Personnel Clerk 1442
  • Postal or Mail Clerk 1461
  • Purchasing and Inventory Clerk 1474
  • Real Estate Agent and Salesperson 6232
  • Receptionist, Admitting Clerk 1414
  • Records Management and Filing Clerk 1413
  • Retail and Wholesale Buyer 6233
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerk 6421
  • Shippers and Receivers 1471
  • Storekeeper and Parts Clerk 1472
Updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
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