National Occupational Classification (NOC)

The term “NOC” is short for the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Many of Canada’s immigration programs use it to decide if a job, or type of work experience, is valid for that program’s criteria. For instance, if a person wants to apply as a skilled worker they should check the NOC to see which jobs are considered “skilled” (NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B).

The job information is broken down into a number of groups. For immigration purposes, the main groups are:

  1. Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs.
    • examples: restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)
  2. Skill Level A — professional jobs. People usually need a degree from a university for these jobs.
    • examples: doctors, dentists, architects
  3. Skill Level B — technical jobs and skilled trades. People usually need a college diploma or to train as an apprentice to do these jobs.
    • examples: chefs, electricians, plumbers
  4. Skill Level C — intermediate jobs. These jobs usually need high school and/or job-specific training.
    • examples: long-haul truck drivers, butchers, food and beverage servers
  5. Skill Level D — labour jobs. On-the-job training is usually given.
    • examples: cleaning staff, oil field workers, fruit pickers

If your job is skill level C or D:

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Find your Job Title, Code and Skill Level or Type under Canada’s NOC

 

This page was last updated: August 3rd., 2016.

Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/noc.asp