Points for education – Federal skilled workers

(Maximum 25 points)

You can earn selection points for your education.

To get points, you must:

  • prove that you earned a Canadian diploma or certificate, OR
  • have your foreign education assessed by an agency approved by CIC to show it is valid and equal to a completed Canadian credential.Footnote 1

You must include your Canadian credential or your foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report when you apply.

Education Maximum 25 points
University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equalNote de bas de page 1 25 points
University degree at the Master’s level or equalNote de bas de page 1 OR University level entry-to-practice professional degree (or equalNote de bas de page 1). Occupation related to the degree must be:
  • NOC 2011 Skill Level A, and
  • licensed by a provincial regulatory body.

Note: Degree program must be in one of these fields of study: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.

23 points
Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas or equalNote de bas de page 1 (at least one must be for a program of at least three years) 22 points
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equalNote de bas de page 1 21 points
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equalNote de bas de page 1 19 points
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program, or equalNote de bas de page 1 15 points
Canadian high school diploma, or equalNote de bas de page 1  5 points

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Having your foreign education assessed.

If you do not have a Canadian degree or diploma (in some cases, a “certificate”), you must get your foreign education verified and assessed to prove it is equal to a completed Canadian credential.

You must send an original Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report with proof of your foreign credential (diploma or certificate, and transcripts) or we will not process your application. The ECA report must be done by an agency approved by CIC.

If your report shows that your credential is not equal to a completed Canadian one, you are not eligible to apply under the FSWP.

Note: If you get an ECA, it does not guarantee you a job in your field or that you will be able to get a license in Canada. If you plan to work in an occupation that is regulated in Canada, you should contact the regulatory authority in the province where you plan to live. They can give you important information about getting your license, including any steps you can take before you leave your home country.

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