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CIES | 21-August-2019

Define NOC Code in Canada:-

 National Occupation Classification (NOC) Code is required as part of your immigration application when you are applying to work in Canada on permanent basis or temporary basis. NOC is a unique four digit code assigned to every occupation in the Canadian labor market.  It is vital to explore the job group and job description that better suits your application. It is a standardized way for the IRCC to assess and evaluate candidate eligibility. 

NOC Code - How to Choose? 

Either you are applying through federal express entry system or to one of the PNP Programs, choosing the right NOC code is vital for you. It may make or break your application. 

It is your duty to ensure that your NOC code matches your work experience with document proofs. You can’t expect the Visa officer for reviewing your application once your application is refused or returned to you.

There is an associated job title, lead statement and list of major duties and responsibilities for every NOC code. When you are going for immigration, your actual job title and education are not important while you are choosing NOC code. It’s your work experience that needs to match the lead statement. Your job title might be associated with a NOC code that doesn’t actually match your experience. There may be different NOC codes as per your work experience. 

The best and easy way to ensure whether your classification is classified as NOC 0, A or B is to check it out on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website.

However, NOC codes mostly follow a formula:

 The first digit in a NOC code denotes the Skill Type. There are ten Skill Types (0 to 9) that refer to broad areas of work. For instance, Skill Type 2 includes all ‘Natural and applied sciences and related occupations’.

The second digit in a NOC code refers to the Skill Level. There are four Skill Levels, and each one is associated with two digits: A (0 and 1), B (2 and 3), C (4 and 5), and D (6 and 7). The Skill Level denotes what sort of education and training is generally vital for an occupation. For example, Skill Level A occupations usually need a university education.

The major exception to this formula is Skill Type 0 – Management occupations, because there are management occupations in every area of work. The first digit of every management occupation is 0, and the second digit refers to the Skill Type. For example, a NOC code starting with 03 refers to a management occupation in health.

When an immigration program needs experience in an occupation classified as Skill Level 0, A, or B, it means that either:

Ø  The first digit must be 0, or

Ø  The second digit must be between 0 and 3.

The first digit in a NOC code refers to the Skill Type of the occupation: 


Management occupations


Business, finance, and administration occupations


Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


Health occupations


Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services


Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


Sales and service occupations


Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations


Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations


Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Unless the NOC code starts with 0, the second digit denotes the Skill Level of the occupation: 


0 and 1

Occupations usually need university education


2 and 3

Occupations usually need college education or apprenticeship training


4 and 5

Occupations usually need  secondary school and/or occupation-specific training


6 and 7

On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations

How Job Groups are categorized under NOC

 The main job groups classified under the National Occupation Classification system, as defined by the Government of Canada are as follows:

 Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs such as restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)

Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually require a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists, architects

Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually require a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as chefs, plumbers, electricians

Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually require high school and/or job-specific training, such as long-haul truck drivers, industrial butchers,  food and beverage servers

Skill Level D: labor jobs that usually give on-the job training, such as cleaning staff, oil field workers, fruit pickers.

Jobs with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B are recognized as “skilled” jobs.

 Program Eligibility Based on Skill Type:

Here are the programs an applicant may be interested in, together with the skill type requirements for each one.:- 

Express Entry: The job or jobs you have held in the past must be skill type 0, or skill level A or B to qualify when you are looking to come to Canada a skilled immigrant. This is an opportunity for Permanent Resident (PR) Visa and relates to those that qualify under a Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot:  Your past work experience must be skill type 0, or level A, B, or C when you are looking to go to Canada as a skilled immigrant. 

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): Here individuals whose past work experience falls under any skill type or level (0, A, B, C, or D) may be eligible to apply based upon the labor needs of each province. The skill types/levels qualified will vary depending on roles needed.

Temporary Work Visa/Permits:  Here the individuals whose past work experience falls under any of the skill types/levels may be able to work in Canada for up to two years initially.

Determining Your NOC Code

You are first required to find the NOC title that best suits your work experience. Ensure that the main duties listed are consistent with what you did in your previous job. Try searching for the job title that better does when they don’t match. This title will correlate with a skill level or type, as well as an NOC code. You need to select one NOC code as primary when you have had multiple positions in the past that match multiple NOC codes. This code is vital for your application.

You are also required to provide supporting documentation in the form of an employer reference letter. This will assist the visa officer while reviewing your file to be confident in your eligibility.


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