Everything You Should Know About Canada’s National Occupational Classification System

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on February 15, 2022


Canada's National Occupational Classification System

To qualify for skilled immigration to Canada, an applicant must meet one of the key conditions, i.e. having relevant work experience gained abroad or in Canada.

Whether the work experience you have gained in the past is relevant as per Canada’s job market or not and whether employers in Canada will hire you or not majorly depends on your NOC code, i.e. a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system of Canada.

This blog tried to explain why your NOC code holds so much importance and relevance for immigration to Canada.

About National Occupational Classification System

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a standardized system that classifies jobs or occupations in Canada’s labour market. Each occupation has a NOC code and is grouped based on job title, duties, lead statement, and primary duties and responsibilities.

Significant Revisions to the NOC in 2022

The structural framework of the NOC has been revised, and the skill levels have been replaced with the Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) categories.

An all-new terminology is more precise, as the NOC assesses the level of training, formal education, experience, and responsibilities instead of skills.

Also, according to the new NOC structure, there will be six new TEER categories. There will be clear distinctions between the job requirements associated with different TEER categories, resulting in a more homogeneous and consistent classification.

The all-new TEER categories are as follows:

  • TEER 0 (zero): Includes management jobs like:
  • TEER 1: Completion of bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate; or

Years of work experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 2 (when applicable).

  • TEER 2: Completion of post-secondary education (two to three years) at any community college, technical institute or CÉGEP; or

Completion of an apprenticeship training program (two to five years); or

Occupations with significant safety like police officers and firefighters or supervisory responsibilities; or

Years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 3

  • TEER 3: Completion of post-secondary education (less than two years) at any community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or

Apprenticeship training (less than two years); or

At least six months of on-the-job training, specific work experience, or training courses

Years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 4

  • TEER 4: Completion of secondary school; or

Weeks of on-the-job training at secondary school education; or

Years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5

  • TEER 5: Short work demonstration and no formal educational

Also Read: Things to Know While Moving to Canada from India

The third significant change is that the NOC codes will change from 4-digits to 5-digits format. This all-new codification system will offer more flexibility than the previous system and will incorporate more new unit groups.

The new 5-digit NOC code is defined as follows:

  • First digit- Representing the broad occupational category
  • Second digit- Representing the TEER category
  • First two digits- Representing the major group together
  • First three digits- Representing the sub-major group together
  • First four digits- Representing the minor group
  • Full five digits- Represent the unit group or the occupation itself

Coming to Canada as a skilled immigrant via Express Entry

The Federal Express Entry system manages and processes permanent residence applications for skilled foreign workers under the following economic class immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

If you apply for a Canada PR visa via Express Entry, then your job and the work experience you have gained in the past must be of skill type 0, A or B.

Are you struggling with your Canada PR application?

We understand that it can be annoying when you fail to go ahead with your Canadian immigration application merely due to choosing the wrong NOC code. Therefore, to help you find the right NOC code and complete the process in a timely fashion, we at Visas Avenue proffer professional guidance and immigration assistance to aspiring individuals and families. In addition, we ensure a smoother application process owing to our range of services, including:

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