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Sports Leadership, Administration and Management


​The SHSM–Sports has the following five required components:

1. A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

For a checklist of required Grade 11 and 12 Courses, click on the following link: SHSM Required Courses - Sports.pdf

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four sports major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector.
    (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);
  • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations must be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the sports sector. The three credits include:
    • one in English;
    • one in Mathematics; and
    • one in Science or Business Studies or Social Sciences and Humanities (or a cooperative education credit related to the sector, which would be additional to the two cooperative education credits required in the bundle; see below);
  • two cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.

2. Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

The SHSM in sports requires students to complete six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs. Of these, three are compulsory and the remaining three are electives that must be chosen from the list in the following table. Note that items in the table that are capitalized are the proper names of specific certifications or training courses/programs that are appropriate for the SHSM. Items that are lowercased are names of the areas or categories within which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below.

Three (3) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)Standard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction


Three (3) electives from the list below
advanced training a technique (e.g., fundamental skills in sport, fundamental movement skills, paddling technique, Spinning)climbing techniquescoaching – performancecoaching – theory
communication skillscompass/map/global positioning system (GPS)concussion awarenessconflict resolution
customer serviceequity and inclusionergonomicsethical considerations
event coordinationfitnessgeographic information system (GIS)group dynamics
health and safety – basicHIGH FIVEincident managementinstructor certification
leadership skillslife-saving (Bronze Cross)marine safety/marine first aidofficiating
personal trainingPleasure Craft Operatorrisk managementsoftware: sports application
sport nutritionsport program designsports team trainer certificationwilderness first aid
wilderness survivalworking with individuals with disabilitieswrapping and taping for performance and injury 



3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the sports sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an employee in the sports sector (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • a volunteer experience at a community sports facility or at a professional sports team event
  • an experience coaching an elementary school student or team in an extracurricular activity
  • participation in an exercise class at a fitness facility
  • a tour of an athletic facility
  • attendance at a sports sector career fair

4. Reach ahead experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector

5. Essential Skills and work habits and the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)

Students will develop Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector and document them using the OSP, a component of the SHSM.


Occupations in the Sports Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the sports sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

Apprenticeship TrainingCollege
  • Special Events Coordinator 1226
  • Arena Manager 0721
  • Broadcasting Sports Director 5131
  • Broadcast Technician 5224
  • Film or Video Camera Operator 5222
  • Recreation Facility Manager 0721
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Director 0513
  • Sports Agent 5124
  • Sports Announcers and Broadcasters 5231
  • Sports Photographer/Videographer 9474
  • Sports Photojournalist 5221
  • Technical and Coordinating Occupations in Sports Broadcasting 5226
  • Athletic Therapist 3144
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher 4141
  • Kinesiologist​ 4167
  • Nutritionist 3132
  • Recreation/Sport Consultant 4167
  • Sports Author or Writer 5121
  • Sports Journalist/Columnist 5123
  • Sports Media Producer 5131
  • Sports Psychologist 4151
  • Sports Public Relations and Communications 5124
  • Athlete 5251
  • Coach 5252
  • Fitness/Sports Instructor 5254
  • Lifeguard 5254
  • Operators and Attendants in Recreation and Sport 6671
  • Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guide 6442
  • Personal Trainer 5254
  • Recreation/Sport Program Instructor 5254
  • Sports Equipment Assembler and Inspector 9498
  • Sports Officials and Referees 5253
  • Sports Retailer 0621