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Where can I get more info on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes?

More information on 2011 NOC codes is available on the Employment and Social Development Canada website.

To qualify under the Canadian Experience Class, you need work experience in occupations listed under skill type 0 (management occupations), skill level A (professional occupations) or skill level B (technical and trade occupations).

These codes are used to describe the work performed by many individuals holding similar jobs within an occupational area.

Skill Type 0 - Management occupations

This skill type category contains management occupations. These occupations are considered to be at the top of the organizational hierarchy of workplaces or businesses. Management is characterized by high levels of responsibility, accountability and subject matter expertise.

Decision-making that affects the organization as a whole, or departments within organizations, is undertaken by management.  Expertise is acquired through either formal education or extensive occupational experience.  For these reasons all management occupations in the NOC 2011 are also included within skill level A.

The first digit of the code for all management occupations is 0.

NOC skill level criteria - education/training and other criteria

Skill Level A

These occupations require a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate). For example, such occupations would include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, engineers, etc.

Skill Level B

These occupations generally require

  • two to three years of post-secondary education at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP, or
  • two to five years of apprenticeship training, or
  • three to four years of secondary school and more than two years of on-the-job training, or
  • occupation-specific training courses or specific work experience.

For example, occupations with significant health and safety responsibilities (e.g., fire fighters, police officers and licensed practical nurses) are assigned to skill level B. Occupations with supervisory responsibilities are also assigned to skill level B.

Find out the NOC code, title and skill type or level for your job.

Note: Completing an Express Entry profile is the first step to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker. Completing an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. An Invitation to Apply for permanent residence will be based on your score and rank in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System.

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