Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is increasingly becoming an essential part of many industries. There are requirements to save time and increase efficiency, advance technology and innovation, for electronic access to finances or online shopping, creativity, marketing, and communications. ICT includes both the hardware and information technology skills, as well as the creative, communications and graphic arts expertise.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Information and Communications Technology sectors while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

SHSM helps student become Software Developer

This major is offered at : 

Monsignor Doyle | Resurrection | St. Benedict | St. David | St. Mary’s

Required Components: 


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.
    • Six certifications/trainings/workshops related to the industry
    • 3 Compulsory, 3 Elective
    • Examples include: Electrical Safety, Electronics, Lighting & Sound Equipment 3D Printing, TV Production, Software Training, App Development, Computer Programming & Engineering, Internet Security, Technical Support,  Standard First Aid & CPR‐C, and more!
    • View all Training & Certification topics for ICT SHSM Here


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits which students earn:


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Information & Communications Technology Placements: Mobile Computing, Digital Media & Production, Telecommunication companies, IT Support, Engineering Companies.
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Help Desk Technology Support Analyst
  • Telecommunications Installation and
  • Repair/Network Cabling Specialist
  • Telecommunications
  • Audio and Video Recording Technician
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Technologist and Technician
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Film and Video Camera Operator
  • Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator
  • Systems Testing Technician
  • User Support Technician
  • Web Designer and Developer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer and Interactive Media
  • Developer
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Software Engineer and Designer Technical Sales Specialists
  • Desktop Publishing Operator
  • Residential and Commercial Installer and
  • Servicer – Satellite Dish Installer
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerk
  • Telecommunications Cable Installer Helper and Splicer Helper

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.