Construction SHSM

Interested in becoming an SHSM student? Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!

With a Construction Specialist High Skills Major, students focus on a career path to match their skills and interests in this sector. By making courses more relevant to students, kids get a better understanding of the Construction sector because they learn it in a real world environment. Students learn on the job with employers through Co-op and Experiential Learning opportunities, as well as in school. At graduation they receive a specially designated diploma.

A Construction SHSM may be for you if you are interested in any of the following careers:

Apprenticeship Training

  • Brick and Stone Mason
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Millwright
  • Electrician
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plumber
  • Roofer


  • Architectural Design Technician/Technologist
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Construction Estimator
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Technologist
  • Contractor and Supervisor - Electrical Trades and Telecommunications
  • Home Inspector
  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Home Builder or Renovator


  • Architect
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer


  • Carpenter Helper
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Construction Trades Helper and Labourer
  • Demolition Worker
  • Drywall Installer
  • Helper - Construction Trades
  • Home Renovator

A Construction SHSM will provide students with an assortment of the following TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS specific to the Construction sector:

  • Standard First Aid
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR - Level A
  • Health and Safety - Basic
  • Fall Protection
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Elevating Work Platforms
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Electrical Safety
  • Lift Truck Safety
  • Hoisting and Rigging
  • Powder-Actuated Tools
  • Propane in Construction
  • Scaffold Safety
  • Suspended Access Equipment
  • Traffic Control
  • Trenching Safety
  • Insulated Concrete Forming
  • Personal Protective Equipment in Construction

Regional Construction SHSM

Regional Construction students are selected from the various schools throughout the DSBN to spend a semester building a home from the ground up. Approximately 15 grade 11 and 12 students work along with the Regional Construction teacher and various contractors and trades people and participate in all aspects of the home building construction process.

Regional Construction SHSM students receive all their certifications and trainings while on the home build. Travel to and from the build site is the responsibility of each student.

Once the semester is complete they return to their home schools to complete the other required courses to achieve their Construction SHSM.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student? Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!