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The SHSM–Environment enables students to build a foundation of career-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. Schools may focus on different areas within the sector, such as on environmental science or environmental studies.

The Environment SHSM is currently offered at Waterdown District and Westmount.

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Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Healthy Living and Outdoor Activities, Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership, Environment and Resource Management, Living in a Sustainable World and Environmental Science
  • Three other required courses: Math, Grade 11 English and Grade 12 English
  • Two Cooperative Education credits in an environmental related placement

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

Coop placements could include conservation areas, Royal Botanical Gardens, Environmental management companies, landscape architecture, garden centres and environmentally conscious retailers.


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 2 2 2 2
Mathematics including a CLA in each credit 1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 9 9 9 9


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) compass/map global positioning system (GPS) Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site- specific) instruction


Three (3) electives from the list below

advanced training in a technique (e.g., knots techniques) animal and plant management Below Zero chainsaw safety
customer service fire safety and fire extinguisher use geographic information system (GIS) habitat restoration
Hike Ontario introduction to stream assessment protocol ladder safety training leadership skills
Leave No Trace life-saving (Bronze Cross or higher) Ontario Hunter Education paddling techniques
Pleasure Craft Operator portfolio development project management Project Wild
radio operator search and rescue sector-specific vehicle operation and safety species identification (e.g., fish, birds, plants, trees, small mammals)
water/ice safety watershed management wilderness first aid wilderness survival
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Experiential Learning

  • Environmental field studies
  • Hiking, Camping, and Canoe Trips
  • Job Shadowing, Job Twinning, or Short Term Work Experience with an environmental professional

Reach Ahead Examples

  • Talks with industry professionals
  • Dual credit classes at Mohawk College
  • Visits to post-secondary institutions offering Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs

Occupations in the Environment 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


  • Arborist 2225
  • Aquaculture Operator and Manager 8257
  • Biological Technologist or BiologicalTechnician 2221
  • Conservation Officer or Fishery Officer 2224
  • Environmental Technician 2231
  • Field Technician – Air Pollution 2231
  • Forest Ecologist 2121
  • Forestry Technologist/Technician 2223
  • Geological and Mineral Technologist/Technician2212
  • Habitat Management Technician 2221
  • Hatchery or Fisheries Technician 2221
  • Mapping and Related Technologist/Technician
  • 2255
  • Quality Control – Chemical EngineeringTechnologist 2211
  • Silviculture and Forestry Workers 8422
  • Soil Testing Technologist 2231
  • Technician – Pollution Control 2231



  • Air Quality Meteorologist 2114
  • Chemical Engineer 2134
  • Climatologist 2114
  • Environmental and Occupational Toxicologist 2121
  • Environmental Biologist 2121
  • Environmental Engineer 2131
  • Environmental Impact Analyst 4161
  • Environmental Planner 2153
  • Environmental Program Coordinator 4161
  • Forestry Professional 2122
  • Geological Engineer 2144
  • Geologist and Geochemist 2113
  • Interpretive Naturalist 2121
  • Landscape Architects 2152
  • Meteorologist 2114
  • Urban and Land Use Planners 2153
  • Waste Diversion Consultant 4161
  • Canoeing Guide 6442
  • Fishing Guide 6442
  • Hunting Guide 6442
  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance
  • Workers 8612
  • Outdoor Sport and Recreation Guide 6442
  • Outfitter 6442
  • Recreation Program Leader 5254
  • Recycled Paper Handler 7452
  • Silviculture and Forestry Workers 8422
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 9424
Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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