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The Construction SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused  knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.

The Construction SHSM has the following  5 required components:

  • A bundle of 10 courses — Grade 11 & Grade 12 credits
  • 4 construction major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • (For an extensive list of the Construction SHSM major credit courses, please see the attached document:Construction course list
  • four other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and science or business studies, in which some expectations are met through learning activities contextualized to the construction sector
  • 2 Co-operative Education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills.
  • The Construction SHSM requires students to complete 8 sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs. Of these, six are compulsory and the remaining two are electives that must be chosen from the list in the following table.

Refer to the Construction SHSM course list to track requirements. (spans gr. 11 & 12)

Saltfleet Construction Student Tracking Form


Six Compulsory Certifications

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A

& Standard First Aid

Working at Heights WHMIS Training Health & Safety Basic Awareness ICE – Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship


Two Elective Certifications

Chainsaw Safety Confined Space Awareness Electrical Safety Elevated Work Platforms
Energy Efficiency Training Hoisting & Rigging Insulated Concrete Forming Lift Truck safety
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Powder-actuated Tools Propane in Construction Scaffold Safety
Suspended Access Equipment Traffic Control Trenching Safety

Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will be provided one or more reach ahead experience when they participate in the Construction SHSM. These may include: Field trips to Mohawk College, Ontario Skills competition, & The Carpenter – Local 18 Union Hall.

Construction SHSM Partners

Saltfleet’s Construction SHSM program is sponsored by the following community partners: Home Depot, DeWalt, Mohawk College & Habitat for Humanity – Hamilton. Many of the students who enjoy the Construction SHSM program consider taking a Dual Credit program in carpentry at Mohawk College where students can earn both a high school credit toward their OSSD as well as a college level credit.

Experiential Learning (Co-op)

All Construction SHSM students MUST complete a minimum 2 credit Co-operative Education program as part of the SHSM requirement. Please note that at some construction placements it is recommended that the students participate all day in a 4 credit Co-op program to gain more hands-on experience. Students can complete their Co-op portion of the SHSM in the following types of placements:

Home building, framing, plumbing, electrical, stone masonry, cabinetmaking, HVAC , renovations, cement & concrete, just to name a few.

Students will be considered an OYAP student when they perform their Co-op as long as the trade is an apprenticible trade. Therefore students may be signed as an apprentice near the completion of their Co-op placement.

Construction Occupations

The following table provides examples of occupations in the construction sector according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

Apprenticeship Training


Brick & Stone Mason





Heating & Air Conditioning Contractor

Painter & Decorator



Architectural Design Technician / Technologist

Civil Engineering Technologist

Construction Estimator

Construction Manager

Construction Technologist

Contractor & Supervisor

Home Inspector

Interior Designer

Residential Home Builder & Renovator




Electrical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Structural Engineer

Carpenter Helper

Concrete Finisher

Construction Trades Labourer

Demolition Worker

Drywall Installer

Home Renovator

Why Should  I Consider the Construction SHSM?

The Construction industry is one of the largest employers in Canada. There are four categories of work in the construction industry. Each requires the use of different equipment and workers with a variety of skills. Depending on the career chosen, high school graduates could work in any or all of these categories:

  • New home building and renovation, including building, remodelling, or renovating houses and apartment buildings.
  • Heavy industrial construction, including building industrial facilities such as cement, automotive, chemical, or power plants, refineries, oil-sands installations.
  • Institutional and commercial construction, including building commercial and institutional buildings and structures such as stadiums, schools, hospitals, grain elevators, and swimming pools.
  • Civil engineering construction, including engineering projects such as highways, dams, water and sewer lines, power and communication lines, and bridges.


Updated on Friday, February 14, 2020.
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