Specialized Courses

Your Central Tech advantage!

Choose from our specially developed programs that allow you to get your High School Diploma and A BIG HEADSTART on your skilled trade career. You’ll get to:

  • focus on real-life skilled trade knowledge and skills
  • learn from industry experts in and out of the classroom
  • get recognized certifications while in school
  • prepare for the postsecondary destination of your choice: apprenticeship, college, university or workplace
  • develop the teamwork, leadership and technological literacy that GETS YOU HIRED
  • improve your job prospects with relationships and networks in your chosen field

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post-secondary apprenticeship qualifications right away!

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

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Students who participate in Cooperative Education in an apprenticeable trade are able to participate in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) while they are still in secondary school. This program allows them to start working on post-secondary apprenticeship qualifications right away.
OYAP starts in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) have opportunities to become registered apprentices and work toward becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for OYAP, a student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age and in either Grade 11 or Grade 12
  • have successfully completed at least 16 credits
  • be registered as a full-time student
  • be working toward the completion of all OSSD requirements
  • be interested in a specific skilled profession as a future career pathway

For more information, visit the TDSB OYAP Site or contact us.

SHSM’s position you for leadership in your high demand industry

Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)

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Specialist High Skills Majors are Ministry approved pilot programs. Every SHSM must include the following five components, which are outlined in detail in ministry-approved frameworks developed for each area of specialization:

  1. A package of 6-12 required credits (the majority earned in Grade 11 and 12 courses) that constitute a pathway to one of four possible destinations: apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.
    The package must include:

    • Four credits – called the “major” credits – for courses that provide knowledge and skills closely related to the particular sector of specialization, which are specified in each of the frameworks;
    • Three or four additional credits for courses in English and other relevant disciplines (e.g., science, mathematics, or business studies), as specified in each of the frameworks, which include units of study that are customized to the particular sector. Some credits (e.g., English) may be used to meet compulsory credit requirements for the OSSD;
    • Two cooperative education credits, which may be used to meet two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the OSSD;
    • One-half credit for the Grade 10 Career Studies course (which also meets a compulsory half-credit requirement for the OSSD).
    • Compulsory certifications, which are identified in each SHSM framework.
    • Experiential learning through job shadowing, work experience, and a minimum of 2 credits earned through cooperative education.
    • Use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) to document demonstration of essential skills and work habits.
    • “Reach ahead” opportunities, which allow students to experience learning in their intended post-secondary destination and which can range from a day of attendance at a college, a university, a workplace experience or to the completion of a dual credit.

Coop experience gives you the confidence to pursue your dreams!

Cooperative Education

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Cooperative education — or co-op — is a credit course during which students learn through workplace and classroom experiences. In co-op, students use what they have learned in a school subject by applying it in the workplace. The program allows students to “try out” an occupation and helps them to make decisions about future careers. Students develop work habits, attitudes and job skills necessary for a successful transition from secondary school to post-secondary education or the workplace.

How students can participate:
Students can apply to take cooperative education when they are choosing their high school courses at option time. They will need to complete an application and interview process before being accepted. Before starting in a co-op placement, students will attend “pre-placement” classes in school to prepare them for the workplace, and then throughout the course they will come back regularly for more scheduled classes. There is no limit to the number of co-op credits students can take in secondary school, so they can try out more than one occupation while still in high school!
Plus up to two Cooperative Education credits can now count towards students’ 18 compulsory credits!
To apply for a cooperative education program visit the CTS guidance office.

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Architectural Technology or Construction Engineering Technology – decide while you complete your 1st semester of college FOR FREE!

ArchCon2012 – advanced placement to Architectural and Construction Engineering Technology at George Brown College

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This intensive program, unique in Ontario, allows students to explore, experience and prepare for a career in the construction, design and management of our built environment while simultaneously completing high school and 1st semester college!

In this six credit/one semester course, students are exposed to a rigorous combination of 1st semester concepts from the George Brown College Architectural Technology and Construction Engineering Technology Programs.

Key concepts are chosen from:

    • Construction Field Practices

  • Housing and Small Building Construction
  • Building Science and the Environment
  • Architectural Technology and Sustainable Design
  • Architectural Computer Drawing
  • Building Industry Practices
  • History of Architecture

In addition, students recieve in-class dual credit courses in

  • Mathematics for Building Technologies
  • College English
  • Computer Skills and Applications

On successful completion of the program, students are graduated in time to join the January 2nd semester of either George Brown T109 Architectural Technology or T105 Construction Engineering Technology Programs.
This remarkable opportunity allows a full investigation of the course materials and 3 transferable college credits at no cost.

Future Degree Study Option

Qualified graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in the George Brown College Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree program. Bridge courses may be required for advanced standing. For more information, see transferguide.georgebrown.ca.

Why it works

The program offers the structure and familiarity of high school to develop skills and readiness for college.

George Brown has helped to prioritize and develop course materials that use the overlap in Architectural And Construction disciplines to reinforce an understanding of key course outcomes.
Reach-ahead and college integration opportunities familiarize students with the George Brown Campus.Students who meet the required standard of achievement are eligible to graduate high school and 1st semester college at no cost.


The ArchCon Program at Central Technical School is

organized to match the needs of a broad range of students:

  • Students who have a strong interest in the built environment
  • Students examining a preference for Architecture or Construction
  • Students who may not be immediately ready for college or the world of work
  • Students who are mature and are prepared to graduate early from high school

This program is ideal for senior students requiring 6 or less credits for graduation

mature grade 11 students with 24 credits interested in early completion of high school.

Career Options

Architectural Technologist graduates are qualified for employment in many areas of the architectural building industry. Architectural technologists typically hold advanced responsibilities in their jobs. They work as computer drafting technologists, project administrators, sales and marketing professionals, and building officials such as plans examiners and inspectors. Graduates may also choose to operate their own architectural drafting and design businesses using sustainable building principles.

Graduate construction project managers enter the industry as management assistants leading to senior-level positions as project managers, professional quantity surveyors, estimators, construction superintendents, home builders, general contractors, subcontractors and building/home inspectors. Graduates may choose to start their own businesses.

Criteria for Acceptance

  1. Qualify for registration as a full-time student at Central Technical School
  2. Be available to attend an interview
  3. Bring Credit Counselling Summary and record of attendance
  4. Have a serious interest in pursuing college with the goal of becoming an Architectural or Construction Engineering Technologist
  5. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards school and work. Have a proven record of good attendance and punctuality
  6. Be within 6 credits of an OSS Diplomawith no more than 2 compulsory credits to be completed
  7. Provided by student: all transportation and personal protective equipment
  8. Must be 20 years of age or under