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Information & Communications Technology SHSM

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The SHSM–Information and Communications Technology 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 communication systems, computer systems, or software and digital media.

The Information and Communications Technology SHSM is currently offered at Ancaster High, Nora Frances Henderson, Saltfleet District, Westdale and Westmount.

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Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Communications Technology, Computer Science, Computer Programming, and Physics
  • Three other required courses: English, Math, and Arts, Business or Science
  • Two Cooperative Education credits connected to an information or communications technology-related placement
    • Coop placements could include working at places like Cable 14, graphic design businesses, IT departments for large and small companies

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


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 1 1 1 1
Mathematics including a CLA 1 1 1 1
The Arts or 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 9 9 9 9


Three (3) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) 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., website design, coding, digital lighting, search engine optimization) basic electrical safety CISCO networking computer hardware
counterfeit detection customer service electronics – basic elevated work platforms
ergonomics fall protection health and safety – basic intellectual property
interfacing equipment Internet security ladder safety training leadership skills
lighting and sound equipment maintenance lockout/tagging network cabling network configuaration
portfolio development project management recording equipment sector-specific software 1
sector-specific software 2 specialized skills training program/competition technical support Working at Heights

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • A tour of a local TV studio or network monitoring centre.
  • Participation in local and provincial skills competitions.
  • Attending an ICT job fair or conference.
  • Job shadowing, job twinning or short-term work experience with an industry professional.

Reach Ahead Examples

  • Talks with industry professionals
  • Interviewing a college or university student or apprentice
  • Visits to post-secondary institutions offering ICT programs
  • Participation in a dual credit program at Mohawk College

Occupations in the Information and Communications Technology 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


  • Computer Network Technician 2281
  • Help Desk Technology Support Analyst 2282
  • Telecommunications Installation and Repair/
  • Network Cabling Specialist 7246
  • Telecommunications Line and Cable Worker 7245
  • Audio and Video Recording Technician 5225
  • Broadcast Technician 5224
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologist and Technician 2241
  • Electronic Service Technician 2242
  • Film and Video Camera Operator 5222
  • Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator 5241
  • Systems Testing Technician 2283
  • User Support Technician 2282
  • Web Designer and Developer 2175



  • Computer Engineer 2147
  • Computer Programmer and Interactive Media Developer 2174
  • Information Systems Analyst 2171
  • Software Engineer and Designer 2173
  • Technical Sales Specialists 6221
  • Desktop Publishing Operator 1423
  • Residential and Commercial Installer and Servicer – Satellite Dish Installer 7441
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerk 6421
  • Telecommunications Cable Installer Helper and Splicer Helper 7612


Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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