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Specialist High Skills Major Certifications


The following is a list of certifications that TRCA can offer to SHSM students. All certifications come with the required evaluation and upon successful completion, all students receive certification with TRCA and a proof-of-certification wallet card for their portfolio.

For additional information on costs and booking please contact CCudmore@trca.on.ca .

Stay tuned as TRCA will be adding to this list every year! 

Click here to learn more about the SHSM Ontario program for secondary students.

Select your SHSM to see what certifications can be completed through the TRCA:

Agriculture

Horticulture & Landscaping

Arts & Culture

Hosptiality & Tourism

Aviation & Aerospace 

Information & Communications Technology

Business

Justice, Community Safety & Emergency Services

Construction

Manufacturing

Energy

Mining

Environment

Non-Profit

Food Processing

Sports

Forestry

Transportation

Health & Wellness



 

Agriculture

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time:  Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge. 

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 

 

Arts & Culture

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 

 

Certification: Advanced Training in a Technology: Ancient Technologies

Run Time: Full Day (6 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive full day course, students travel back in time to gain knowledge and experience learning about ancient technologies and tools. This program will focus on tools and technologies that were used by First Nations people of earlier times.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation 

 

Aviation & Aerospace

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time:  Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge. 

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre

 

Business

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 

 

Construction

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field

 

Energy

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field

 

Environment

Certification: Knots Techniques

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

In this half day workshop, participants will learn the basic principles of working with rope, a selection of frequently used knots and their applications, and will be challenged to use them in a practical context.

Available at: Tommy Thompson Park

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time:  Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge. 

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Species ID - Bird

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

In this three hour program, students will gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the many species of birds that live and migrate through this part of southern Ontario.  Participants will learn the basics of bird identification, noting that song, size, shape, colour, habits and habitat can all aid in classification.  Students will also have an opportunity to examine adaptations using hands-on specimens.  Field investigations will utilize bird guides and binoculars, as participants experience a birding survey around the property. Students will then take part in an independent bird survey to demonstrate the skills they have learned. 

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Species ID - Plankton

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

Using plankton nets, sieves and other equipment, students will collect plankton samples from Lake St. George.  After a brief review of classification, slide preparation and microscope work, students will use available resources to identify, sketch and photograph various plankton found on their microscope slides.  An emphasis will be placed on the critical role that microorganisms play in aquatic ecosystems.  This program is offered mid-May to October at Lake St. George Field Centre.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre

Certification: Species ID - Tree

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

In this three hour program, students will gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, a wide variety of local coniferous and deciduous trees.  Participants will learn the basics of tree identification, such as distinguishing opposite and alternate branching, bud or leaf type, bark characteristics and more. Field investigations will utilize a dichotomous key as participants take part in an independent tree identification activity to demonstrate the skills they have learned.

Available at: Lake St. George Filed Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Species ID – Fish

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

In this three hour program, students will gain an understanding of the importance of fish to both human and natural systems, current issues in the management of this natural resource, and how to identify a wide variety of fish species inhabiting Lake St. George.  Participants will be part of the capture and release process by cooperatively hauling in a seine net.  Students must demonstrate their ability to use a dichotomous key to identify a fish and complete a short multiple choice quiz in order to receive the certification.  This program is offered mid-May to October at Lake St. George Field Centre.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre

Certification: Species ID – Shoreline Vegetation

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

 

Students will be introduced to basic wetland plant identification before completing a survey and map of a shoreline zone.  The importance of a natural shoreline to the health of aquatic ecosystems will be examined.  This is a three hour certification course offered between May and October at Lake St George Field Centre.  Two options exist for the vegetation study: (i) wetland shoreline on foot, or (ii) lake shoreline from canoes*.

*Must pass prior swim test to use canoes

 

Certification: Watershed Management

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

Students will learn about the components and natural features of a watershed, land use patterns and effects, and the importance of managing watersheds to ensure healthy environments.  An emphasis will be placed on the Oak Ridges Moraine in controlling groundwater movement and quality, as well as the role of Conservation Authorities in watershed management.  Outdoor activities may include the investigation of a kettle lake aboard a solar pontoon boat as an indicator of overall watershed health or a hike to examine watershed features and stressors.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre

Certification: Wilderness Survival - Basic

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will work in a cooperative team situation, to understand and practice some important aspects of basic survival techniques in the outdoors.  Each working group will be challenged to construct a shelter from non-living, natural materials.  They will also construct a small cooking fire and boil water for cedar tea.  Key elements of this lesson stress a no trace camping philosophy, as well as the safety aspects of preparation and planning for a successful outdoor experience.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

 

Food Processing

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field

 

Forestry

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field

 

Health & Wellness

Certification: Group Dynamics

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will focus on basic principles of working successfully within a team.  Students will complete activities that promote co-operation, communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.  Working in small groups, students will learn to trust their peers as they participate in a low ropes challenge course.  An engaging debrief will allow students to make connections with their own lives and help them discover crucial understandings about the power of collaboration.

Available at: Claremont Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre

 

Horticulture & Landscaping

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 

 

Hospitality & Tourism

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time:  Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 

Certification: Wilderness Survival - Basic

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will work in a cooperative team situation, to understand and practice some important aspects of basic survival techniques in the outdoors.  Each working group will be challenged to construct a shelter from non-living, natural materials.  They will also construct a small cooking fire and boil water for cedar tea.  Key elements of this lesson stress a no trace camping philosophy, as well as the safety aspects of preparation and planning for a successful outdoor experience.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Wilderness Survival  

Run Time: Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

During this full day workshop, students will focus on wilderness survival skills related to health and wellness and the environment. The program is delivered by trained environmental educators who have insight and training on proper wilderness survival techniques and methods. This program can be offered in all seasons, and will be modified accordingly.  Offered at Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan ON

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation

 

Information & Communications Technology

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 


Justice, Community Safety & Emergency Services

Certification: Group Dynamics

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will focus on basic principles of working successfully within a team.  Students will complete activities that promote co-operation, communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.  Working in small groups, students will learn to trust their peers as they participate in a low ropes challenge course.  An engaging debrief will allow students to make connections with their own lives and help them discover crucial understandings about the power of collaboration.

Available at: Claremont Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field 

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time:  Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge. 

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Wilderness Survival - Basic

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will work in a cooperative team situation, to understand and practice some important aspects of basic survival techniques in the outdoors.  Each working group will be challenged to construct a shelter from non-living, natural materials.  They will also construct a small cooking fire and boil water for cedar tea.  Key elements of this lesson stress a no trace camping philosophy, as well as the safety aspects of preparation and planning for a successful outdoor experience.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Wilderness Survival  

Run Time: Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

During this full day workshop, students will focus on wilderness survival skills related to health and wellness and the environment. The program is delivered by trained environmental educators who have insight and training on proper wilderness survival techniques and methods. This program can be offered in all seasons, and will be modified accordingly.  Offered at Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan ON

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation


Manufacturing

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre


Mining

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time:  Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation


Non-Profit

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre


Sports

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive full day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre

Certification: Map, Compass & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Run Time: Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

Students will be introduced to basic map and compass terminology and skills through a combination of a presentation, hands-on learning, and outdoor challenges, while gaining an appreciation for the importance of maps and compasses in the workplace and in their daily lives.  Participants will also learn how GPS works, what it can be used for, and how it relates to topographical maps.  Learners will gain familiarity with handheld GPS devices, and use them to navigate around the local property and compete in a friendly geocaching challenge. 

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Risk Management

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will learn the basics of risk management by using programming in an outdoor setting to help them in the identification, assessment and reduction of risk. The course will culminate with students working in small groups to complete a Risk Management Plan.  This program runs year-round at Lake St. George Field Centre.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre

Certification: Wilderness Survival - Basic

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this three hour workshop, students will work in a cooperative team situation, to understand and practice some important aspects of basic survival techniques in the outdoors.  Each working group will be challenged to construct a shelter from non-living, natural materials.  They will also construct a small cooking fire and boil water for cedar tea.  Key elements of this lesson stress a no trace camping philosophy, as well as the safety aspects of preparation and planning for a successful outdoor experience.

Available at: Lake St. George Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Albion Hills Field Centre, Kortright Centre for Conservation

Certification: Wilderness Survival  

Run Time: Full day (6 hrs)

Description:

During this full day workshop, students will focus on wilderness survival skills related to health and wellness and the environment. The program is delivered by trained environmental educators who have insight and training on proper wilderness survival techniques and methods. This program can be offered in all seasons, and will be modified accordingly.  Offered at Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan ON

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Kortright Centre for Conservation

 

Transportation

Certification: Leadership Skills

Run Time: Half day (3 hrs)

Description:

During this interactive half day course, students gain insight, experience and effective leadership skills required to be a leader in today’s rapidly changing world. This program will focus on building the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge of students to become effective leaders in any setting.

Available at: Kortright Centre for Conservation, Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Field Centre, Lake St. George Field Centre