Construction & Carpentry

Construction & Carpentry SHSM

The Carpentry & Construction (C and C) SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Construction sector 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, University and the Workplace.


Students will obtain 5 mandatory and 2 Elective certifications during the C and C SHSM.

  • CPR (mandatory)
  • First Aid (mandatory)
  • WHMIS (mandatory)
  • Working at Heights (mandatory)
  • Health and Safety – Basic (mandatory)
  • ICE Training
  • Confined Space
  • Lockout/Tagout Tools
  • Powder Actuated Tool Training

*Certifications may change from year to year.

Reach Ahead

Reach ahead opportunities may vary from year to year. Students have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students during specialized tours of McMaster University, Sheridan College, Mohawk College as well as other institutions such as Hamilton Carpenters Union (Local 27) and the College of Carpenters and Trades.

Experiential Learning

  • Co-op placements with industry professionals
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Halton Skills Competition (Carpentry Individual and 2 Person)
  • Ontario Skills Competition opportunity
  • Industry related tours and field trips
  • Q & A Session with industry professionals

Community Partnerships

The list of community and industry partnerships available to the C and C SHSM students will continue to evolve and develop. These resources and partners will support our students with guest speakers, reach ahead opportunities, industry related training and education, certifications, workshops and field trips.

Sheridan College

Mohawk College

McMaster University

Halton Industrial Education Council

Habitat for Humanity

Carpenter’s Union – Local 27

Skills Ontario

The Beanstalk Project

Course Bundle

Over grade 11 and 12, every C and C SHSM student will complete a bundle of 10 total credits:

  • 4 Core SHSM credits (1 or 2 will be mandatory, depending on pathway)
  • 1 related Art, Business or Science credit
  • 2 Co-op credits

Students will also complete either:

  • Two Math credits
  • One English credit

for Apprenticeship, College, University pathway students


  • One Math credit
  • Two English credits

for Workplace pathway students

C and C Core Courses

  • Construction – Grade 11 & 12 (TCJ3C, TCJ4C)
  • Carpentry – Grade 11 (TCC3E)
  • Tech Design – Grade 11 & 12 (TDJ3O, TDJ3M, TDJ4O, TDJ4M)
  • Transportation – Grade 11 & 12 (TTJ3C, TTJ4C)
  • Visual Art – Grade 11 & 12 (AVI3M, AVI4M)
  • Computer Engineering – Grade 11 & 12 (TEJ3M, TEJ4M)
  • Physics – Grade 11 & 12 (SPH3U, SPH4C, SPH4U)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – Grade 12 (IDC4O, IDC4U)
  • World Issues – Grade 12 (CGW4U)

Ready to Apply?

See the current application process for applying to the Construction and Carpentry SHSM program.