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Find Your NOC Job Title Code and Skill Type

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is used in Canada as a standardized system, which assigns a four-digit code with a job description to all the occupations that exist in the Canadian labor market. These codes are further used by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assess an immigration applicant’s work experience. It essentially helps the authorities find and select qualified and skilled working professionals to develop a skilled workforce in Canada. Thus, for all the immigrants, it is required to find their NOC code, and include it with their work experience on the work permit application.

How to Choose Your NOC Code?

  • Search for your NOC through the NOC matrix using the industry or keyword, such as job title.
  • Ensure that the lead statement of code matches your job description.
  • The selected code claim requires relevant proof for it, such as reference letter from past employer.

NOC Skill Type and Level

Below is classification of the of the jobs and respective duties: To immigrate, the main job groups include:

1. Skill Type 0 (zero): Management jobs, such as:

  • Restaurant managers
  • Mine managers
  • Fishing captains

2. Skill Type A: Professional jobs that require a university degree, are:

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Architects

3. Skill Level B: Technical jobs and skilled trades that require a college diploma or training, such as an apprenticeship, and:

  • Chefs
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers

4. Skill Level C: Intermediate jobs that require a high school and/ or job-specific training, are:

  • Industrial butchers
  • Food and beverage servers
  • Long-haul truck drivers

5. Skill Level D: Labour jobs that give on-the-job training, include:

  • Fruit pickers
  • Oil field workers
  • Cleaning staff

For the candidates who are applying for immigration under the Express Entry programs, their previous experience and job type must be of skill type 0, or level A or B.

For the candidates applying through Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, their skillset and work experience must be of skill type 0, or level A, B, or C.

Candidates with Skill Level C or D Can Immigrate to Canada Through:

  • Provincial Nominee (all skill types or levels)
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot program (Type 0 or level A, B or C)
  • Work in Canada for a maximum of two years, and then apply later for permanent residence

NOC plays an important role in application for various immigration programs, thus it is crucial that one chooses an apt one as per their work experience and job duties and attach a reference letter for the same. To select a correct NOC code, take guidance from our licensed immigration consultant at ImmigCanada.