Nova Scotia High Skills Major Certificate

The High Skills Major certificate program enables students to earn credits toward their high school diploma while completing courses, and experiencing real-world opportunities related to their career interests. This pilot program launched in 2023. Students can choose between four certificates: Arts, Health and Wellness, Skilled Trades, and Technology.


Why enrol?

Students increase their awareness of labour market options and can make informed decisions about their education and future. Students develop specialized skills, earn sector-valued credentials, and have opportunities to network with professionals and employers.

After completing all requirements, students earn a certificate in addition to their high school diploma. Plus, students can share their portfolio with post-secondary programs and employers.

How to Enrol?

There is no formal application process. Students should notify their school counselor as soon as they know they would like to pursue a High Skills Major Certificate. Ideally, students should decide to enter the program during the course selection process in grade 9. However, students can enrol at a later point in high school, as long as they can complete all the components of the program.

If students are currently enrolled in a recognized program such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Options and Opportunities (O2), or French Immersion, they can still earn a High Skills Major Certificate.

Participating Schools

The following schools will pilot one of four certificates: Arts, Health and Wellness, Skilled Trades, or Technology. In upcoming years, the High Skills Major program will expand to more schools. As the program grows, schools can apply to offer a major in other career sectors.

  • Central Kings Rural High School (Skilled Trades)

  • Glace Bay High School (Arts)
  • Breton Education Centre (Health & Wellness)

  • École Beau-Port (Skilled Trades)

  • Cobequid Educational Centre (Arts)

  • Cole Harbour High School (Skilled Trades)
  • JL Ilsley High School (Technology)

  • Liverpool Regional High School (Skilled Trades)

  • Richmond Education Centre/Academy (Skilled Trades)

  • Shelburne Regional High School (Skilled Trades)
For additional information, talk with your school counsellor.