Basic requirements for admission into the SHEC program include all of the following:

  • A related undergraduate degree (with a preference for health sciences or education degrees) or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Those seeking entrance based on equivalency must detail such experience in their application and could be requested to provide further community endorsement.
  • Please note that Options for Sexual Health accepts 1-3 of these types of applicants per cohort.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

*Students must complete a Sexual Attitudes Reassessment (SAR) workshop recognized by Options for Sexual Health as a part of SHEC certification. This workshop is offered online by many other organizations in North America. Students planning to apply for SHEC will need to include the SAR workshop they plan to attend on their application form. See FAQ for more details.

All interested applicants should note that SHEC is a competitive course with limited enrollment and not all qualified applicants will be accepted. In some cases, further evidence to support an application might be requested.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must complete the SHEC online application (link below), where the following documents will also be submitted:
    • CV demonstrating a related undergraduate degree (with a preference for health sciences or education degrees) or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
    • Letter of intent, including your reasons for applying, and your education and learning goals
    • Two professional letters of recommendation (including contact information) from past or current employers, supervisors or professors.
    • Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector check
    • Proof of completion (within the last five years) or registration of an upcoming SAR (within the SHEC year you are applying for).
  1. Interviews may be performed as part of the application process.

*Application letters should be addressed to the SHEC Advisory Committee at Options for Sexual Health.

Upcoming SHEC 

Applications for SHEC 2024 cohorts are closed. 

Click here to apply for the waitlist.

Full attendance is mandatory for SHEC modules. They run Friday-Sunday; 9am-5pm PST

Below are the 2024 course dates:

SHEC 2024 Spring: ONLINE — in progress

  • Module One: April 26 – 28, 2024
  • Module Two: May 24 – 26, 2024
  • Module Three: June 21 – 23, 2024
  • Module Four: July 19 – 21, 2024
  • Module Five: Sept 13 – 15, 2024

SHEC 2024 Fall: ONLINE 

  • Module One: Oct 4 – 6, 2024
  • Module Two: Nov 1 – 3, 2024
  • Module Three: Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2024
  • Module Four: Jan 10 – 12, 2025   
  • Module Five: Feb 7 – 9, 2025


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