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The SHSM–Construction enables students to build a foundation of career-focused knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.

The construction SHSM is currently offered at Nora Frances Henderson, Saltfleet District, Sherwood, Waterdown, Westdale, Westmount and through the Building Careers from the Ground Up program.

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Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Construction Technology, Custom Woodworking, Manufacturing and Technological Design,
  • Four other required courses: English, Grade 11 and Grade 12 Math, Science or Business
  • Two Cooperative Education credits in a construction related placement

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

Coop placements could include working for employers such as framers, cabinet makers, plumbers, electricians and engineers. Students may participate in coop through their home school or through our HWDSB Building Careers from the Ground Up program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.


Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
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
One credit must be in Gr. 12
One credit must be in Gr. 12
Business Studies or Science including a CLA
May be substituted with 1 cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 10 10 10 10


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.

Five (5) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) health and safety – basic Standard First Aid working at heights Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site- specific) instruction


Two (2) electives from the list below

basic electrical safety Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) – flat chainsaw safety computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM
confined space awareness customer service elevated work platforms energy efficiency training (e.g., Energy Star, LEED)
fall protection fire safety and fire extinguisher use hoisting and rigging insulated concrete forming
land surveying basics leadership skills lockout/tagging ozone-depletion prevention
portfolio development powder-actuated tools project management propane in construction
scaffold safety sector-specific vehicle operation and safety specialized skills training program/competition (e.g., Skills Canada provincial level,WoodLINKS) suspended access equipment
traffic control trenching safety

Experiential Learning

  • Habitat for Humanity “Build Day”
  • Tour of skilled Trades Programs at Mohawk College, Niagara College, or Conestoga College
  • Ontario Skills Competition
  • Shed Installs
  • Fence Builds
  • Home renovations
  • Liuna Trades Symposium
  • Lafarge Tour

Reach Ahead Examples

Interviews with apprentices and journeymen, visits to Mohawk College and other post-secondary and apprenticeship training facilities, guest lectures and skilled trades’ presentations, participation in a dual credit program at Mohawk College.

Occupations in the Construction 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


  • Brick and Stone Mason 7281
  • Carpenter 7271
  • Construction Millwright 7311
  • Electrician 7241
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor 7313
  • Painter and Decorator 7294
  • Plumber 7251
  • Roofer 7291
  • Architectural Design Technician/Technologist 2251
  • Civil Engineering Technologist 2231
  • Construction Estimator 2234
  • Construction Manager 0711
  • Construction Technologist 2231
  • Contractor and Supervisor – Electrical Trades and Telecommunications 7212
  • Home Inspector 2264
  • Interior Designer 5242
  • Residential Home Builder or Renovator 0712



  • Architect 2151
  • Electrical Engineer 2133
  • Mechanical Engineer 2132
  • Structural Engineer 2131


  • Carpenter Helper 7611
  • Concrete Finisher 7282
  • Construction Trades Helper and Labourer 7611
  • Demolition Worker 7611
  • Drywall Installer 7611
  • Helper – Construction Trades 7611
  • Home Renovator 0712
Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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