"Skilled Work Experience" for Canadian Immigration

Many of Canada’s immigration programs require applicants to have “skilled work experience”. (For example, applicants applying for permanent residency status under the Canadian Experience Class require the applicant to have 12 months of skilled work experience.)

To determine whether a job is “skilled”, the Government of Canada uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to classify jobs. And jobs that are considered “skilled” are those in the following groups:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero) – Management jobs (eg. restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing))
  • Skill Level A — Professional jobs. People usually need a degree from a university for these jobs (eg. doctors, dentists, architects)
  • Skill Level B — Technical jobs and skilled trades. People usually need a college diploma or to train as an apprentice to do these jobs. (eg. examples: chefs, electricians, plumbers)

A broader range of jobs are classified on the NOC Matrix 2011.

The following are some examples of occupations from NOC system that represent skill levels A, B, or 0 (zero) displayed according to the NOC code and label.

Occupation starting with Letter: A

0632-Accommodation Service Managers
6313-Accommodation, Travel, Tourism and Related Services Supervisors
1311-Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers
5135-Actors and Comedians
1241-Administrative Assistants
1221-Administrative Officers
0421-Administrators - Post-Secondary Education and Vocational
0124-Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers
2146-Aerospace Engineers
2222-Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors
8252-Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
2123-Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists
8252-Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors, and Specialized Livestock Workers
2271-Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors
2272-Air Traffic Control and Related Occupations
2244-Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors
7315-Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors
3124-Allied Primary Health Practitioners
3213-Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians
5231-Announcers and Other Broadcasters
7332-Appliance Servicers and Repairers
2251-Architectural Technologists and Technicians
0212-Architecture and Science Managers
5244-Artisans and Craftpersons
1314-Assessors, Valuators and Appraisers
5225-Audio and Video Recording Technicians
3141-Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
5121-Authors and Writers
7321-Automotive Service Technicians, Truck Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers

Occupation starting with Letter: B

0122-Banking, Credit and Other Investment Managers
2221-Biological Technologists and Technicians
2121-Biologists and Related Scientists
5224-Broadcast Technicians
4163-Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants

Occupation starting with Letter: C

7247-Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians
3217-Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists, n.e.c.
9231-Central Control and Process Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
2134-Chemical Engineers
2211-Chemical Technologists and Technicians
2231-Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2131-Civil Engineers
4021-College and Other Vocational Instructors
0433-Commissioned Officers of the Canadian Forces
0431-Commissioned Police Officers
0213-Computer and Information Systems Managers
2281-Computer Network Technicians
2147-Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
2174-Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
7282-Concrete Finishers
5132-Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
1226-Conference and Event Planners
2224-Conservation and Fishery Officers
5112-Conservators and Curators
2234-Construction Estimators
2264-Construction Inspectors
0711-Construction Managers
7311-Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics
7204-Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7202-Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications
7302-Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Equipment Operator Crews
7301-Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
8222-Contractors and Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Services
7201-Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades and Related Occupations
7205-Contractors and Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers
7203-Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
8255-Contractors and Supervisors, Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance and Horticulture Services
0601-Corporate Sales Managers
1227-Court Officers and Justices of the Peace
1251-Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists and Related Occupations
7371-Crane Operators
6314-Customer and Information Services Supervisors
1315-Customs, Ship and Other Brokers

Occupation starting with Letter: D

2172-Database Analysts and Data Administrators
2273-Deck Officers, Water Transport
3222-Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists
3223-Dental Technologists, Technicians and Laboratory Assistants
3132-Dietitians and Nutritionists
2253-Drafting Technologists and Technicians
7372-Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction

Occupation starting with Letter: E

4214-Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
4162-Economists and Economic Policy Researchers and Analysts
4166-Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4033-Educational Counsellors
2241-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2133-Electrical and Electronics Engineers
7333-Electrical Mechanics
7244-Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers
7241-Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
3217-Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists and Cardiology Technologists
2242-Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)
4032-Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
7318-Elevator Constructors and Mechanics
4156-Employment Counsellors
1228-Employment Insurance, Immigration, Border Services and Revenue Officers
2274-Engineer Officers, Water Transport
2262-Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
0211-Engineering Managers
1222-Executive Assistants
6312-Executive Housekeepers

Occupation starting with Letter: F

0714-Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers
4153-Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors
5222-Film and Video Camera Operators
1112-Financial and Investment Analysts
1111-Financial Auditors and Accountants
0111-Financial Managers
6253-Financial Sales Representatives
0432-Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers
8261-Fishing Masters and Officers
7295-Floor Covering Installers
6311-Food Service Supervisors
2122-Forestry Professionals
2223-Forestry Technologists and Technicians
6346-Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Occupation starting with Letter: G

7253-Gas Fitters
3112-General Practitioners and Family Physicians
2212-Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
2144-Geological Engineers
2113-Geoscientists and Oceanographers
0412-Government Managers - Economic Analysis, Policy Development
0413-Government Managers - Education Policy Development and Program Administration
0411-Government Managers - Health and Social Policy Development and Program Administration
5223-Graphic Arts Technicians
5241-Graphic Designers and Illustrators

Occupation starting with Letter: H

6341-Hairstylists and Barbers
1252-Health Information Management Occupations
4165-Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
7312-Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
0712-Home-Building and Renovation Managers
1223-Human Resources and Recruitment fficers
0112-Human Resources Managers
1121-Human Resources Professionals

Occupation starting with Letter: I

1228-Immigration, Employment Insurance, Border Services and Revenue Officers
2141-Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2252-Industrial Designers
7242-Industrial Electricians
2233-Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
2243-Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
2171-Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2283-Information Systems Testing Technicians
2263-Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
4216-Instructors (other)
4215-Instructors of Persons with Disabilities
1312-Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
6231-Insurance Agents and Brokers
1313-Insurance Underwriters
0121-Insurance, Real Estate and Financial Brokerage anagers
5242-Interior Designers and Interior Decorators

Occupation starting with Letter: J

6344-Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations

Occupation starting with Letter: L

2254-Land Survey Technologists and echnicians
2154-Land Surveyors
2225-Landscape and Horticultural Technicians and Specialists
2152-Landscape Architects
4112-Lawyers and Quebec Notaries
1242-Legal Administrative Assistants
5211-Library and Public Archive Technicians
0511-Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery Managers
3233-Licensed Practical Nurses
8241-Logging Machinery Operators

Occupation starting with Letter: M

7231-Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
0512-Managers - Publishing, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Performing Arts
0821-Managers in Agriculture
0823-Managers in Aquaculture
0311-Managers in Health Care
0822-Managers in Horticulture
0811-Managers in Natural Resources Production and Fishing
0423-Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services
0731-Managers in Transportation
0414-Managers in Public Administration (other)
0423-Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services
0911-Manufacturing Managers
3236-Massage Therapists
2161-Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries
2232-Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2132-Mechanical Engineers
3212-Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists Assistants
3211-Medical Laboratory Technologists
3215-Medical Radiation Technologists
1243-Medical Administrative Assistants
3216-Medical Sonographers
3219-Medical Technologists and Technicians (other - except Dental Health)
2142-Metallurgical and Materials Engineers
2213-Technical Occupations in Geomatics and Meteorology
2114-Meteorologists and Climatologists
2143-Mining Engineers
4154-Professional Occupations in Religion
5226-Motion Pictures, Broadcasting (other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations)
7322-Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
7334-Motorcycle, All-terrain Vehicle and Other Related Mechanics
5133-Musicians and Singers

Occupation starting with Letter: N

4161-Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4313-Non-Commissioned Officers of the Canadian Forces
2261-Non-destructive Testers and
3011-Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors

Occupation starting with Letter: O

3143-Occupational Therapists
8232-Oil and Gas Well Drillers, Servicers, Testers and Related Workers
7331-Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics

Occupation starting with Letter: P

7294-Painters and Decorators (except Interior Decorators)
5136-Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
4211-Paralegal and Related Occupations
3234-Paramedical Occupations
5245-Patternmakers - Textile, Leather and Fur Products
1223-Personnel and Recruitment Officers
2145-Petroleum Engineers
9232-Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators
3111-Physicians - Specialist
2111-Physicists and Astronomers
7284-Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
4311-Police Officers (Except Commissioned)
0132-Postal and Courier Services Managers
4012-Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants
7243-Power System Electricians
9241-Power Engineers and Power Systems Operators
3232-Practitioners of Natural Healing
7381-Printing Press Operators
4155-Probation and Parole Officers and Related Occupations
5131-Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
2148-Professional Engineers, n.e.c. (other)
1122-Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting
1123-Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
4154-Professional Occupations in Religion
5254-Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport
4168-Program Officers Unique to Government
1224-Property Administrators
9235-Pulping, Papermaking and Coating Control Operators
1225-Purchasing Agents and Officers
0113-Purchasing Managers

Occupation starting with Letter: R

7361-Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers
7314-Railway Carmen/women
7362-Railway Conductors and Brakemen/women
1253-Records Management Technicians
2275-Railway Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators
6232-Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
0513-Recreation and Sports Program and Service Directors
4167-Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors Consultants
7313-Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
3012-Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
4217-Religious Occupations (other)
3214-Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists
0631-Restaurant and Food Service Managers
6222-Retail and Wholesale Buyers
0621-Retail Trade Managers
6211-Retail Trade Supervisors
7291-Roofers and Shinglers

Occupation starting with Letter: S

0422-School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary
4013-Secondary School Teachers
1113-Securities Agents, Investment Dealers and Brokers
0012-Senior Government Managers and Officials
0013-Senior Managers - Financial, Communications and Other Business
0016-Senior Managers - Goods Production, Utilities, Transportation and Construction
0014-Senior Managers - Health, Education, Social and Community
0015-Senior Managers - Trade, Broadcasting and Other Services, n.e.c.
7261-Sheet Metal Workers
6343-Shoe Repairers and Shoemakers
4212-Social and Community Service
4164-Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4169-Social Science, n.e.c. (Other Professional Occupations)
4152-Social Workers
2173-Software Engineers
3111-Specialist Physicians
5253-Sports Officials and Referees
1254-Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Occupations
7252-Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
7351-Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators
7252-Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
7235-Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
9223-Supervisors, Electrical Products Manufacturing
9222-Supervisors, Electronics Manufacturing
1212-Supervisors, Finance and Insurance Clerks
9213-Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
9215-Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
9224-Supervisors, Furniture and Fixtures Manufacturing
1211-Supervisors, General Office and Administrative Support Clerks
1213-Supervisors, Library, Correspondence and Related Information Clerks
8211-Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
1214-Supervisors, Mail and Message Distribution Occupations
9211-Supervisors, Mineral and Metal Processing
8221-Supervisors, Mining and uarrying
7305-Supervisors, Motor Transport and Other Ground Transit Operators
9221-Supervisors, Motor Vehicle Assembling
9226-Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing
9227-Supervisors, Other Products Manufacturing and Assembly
9212-Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
9214-Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing
7303-Supervisors, Printing and Related Occupations
7304-Supervisors, Railway Transport Operations
1215-Supervisors, Supply Chain, Tracking and Scheduling Coordination Occupations
9217-Supervisors, Textile, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Processing and Manufacturing
5227-Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts

Occupation starting with Letter: T

6342-Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
2255-Technical Occupations in Geomatics and Meteorology
5212-Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
6221-Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
0131-Telecommunication Carriers Managers
7246-Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers
7245-Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers
7317-Textile Machinery Mechanics and Repairers
5243-Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
3144-Therapy and Assessment (Other Professional Occupations)
7232-Tool and Die Makers
7383-Trades and Related Occupations (other)
5125-Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters

Occupation starting with Letter: U

8231-Underground Production and Development Miners
4011-University Professors and Lecturers
2153-Urban and Land Use Planners
2282-User Support Technicians
0912-Utilities Managers

Occupation starting with Letter: V


Occupation starting with Letter: W

7373-Water Well Drillers
9243-Water and Waste Treatment Plant Operators
2175-Web Designers and Developers
7237-Welders and Related Machine Operators

Disclaimer: This article does not contain legal advice and only provides general information. It is not intended to replace advice from a qualified legal professional and should not be relied upon to make decisions. In all cases, contact your legal professional for advice on any matter referenced in this article before making decisions. Use of this article does not establish a lawyer-client relationship.

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Winnie J Luk, BA, JD, MBA, founder of Landmark Law, is a seasoned Ontario lawyer practicing in Wills and Estates, Real Estate, and Business Law and frequent speaker of free legal education seminar.