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  • National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • National Occupational Classification (NOC)
You may have seen the term “NOC” on this site. It is short for the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The NOC is a system used by the Government of Canada to classify jobs (occupations). Jobs are grouped based on the type of work a person does and the types of job duties.

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). Find your job title, code and skill level or type.

There are some codes used only in specific immigration cases. If you can’t find the NOC for your case in the table below or on the NOC website, check these alternate codes.

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

Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs.

examples: restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)

Skill Level A — professional jobs. People usually need a degree from a university for these jobs.

examples: 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.

examples: chefs, electricians, plumbers

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

Skill Level D — labour jobs. On-the-job training is usually given.

examples: cleaning staff, oil field workers, fruit pickers

Your job, and the work you have done in the past, must be skill type 0, or level A or B to use Express Entry. The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence if you want be considered:

  • as a Federal Skilled Worker,
  • under the Federal Skilled Trades Program,
  • or under the Canadian Experience Class.

Your work experience must be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.

  • you may be able to come to Canada as a provincial nominee (all skill types/levels) ,
  • you may be able to come to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (skill type/level 0, A, B, or C), or
  • you may be able to work here for up to two years.
People who come to work on a temporary basis are not permanent residents. However, some go on to immigrate here on a permanent basis.
  • Find your job title, code and skill type
Use this table to find the NOC information that best matches your jobs:
  1. Enter your job title in the “Filter items” field. As you type in the words, the table will adjust to display the NOC related to the words you entered.
  2. Click on the NOC title (to visit the NOC site) and make sure the main duties listed match what you did at your job (if they do not, you will need to find a different job title with duties that match yours).
  3. Write down the numeric code shown on the left column (example: 7253).
  4. Write down the NOC title shown on the center column (example: Gas fitters).
  5. Write down the skill level or type shown on the right column (example: B).
NOCtittleSkill level or type
0011Legislators0
12Senior government managers and officials0
13Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services0
14Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations0
15Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.0
16Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities0
111Financial managers0
112Human resources managers0
113Purchasing managers0
114Other administrative services managers0
121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers0
122Banking, credit and other investment managers0
124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers0
125Other business services managers0
131Telecommunication carriers managers0
132Postal and courier services managers0
211Engineering managers0
212Architecture and science managers0
213Computer and information systems managers0
311Managers in health care0
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