Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Learn More About the NOC?

A NOC 2011 Training Tutorial is available online for individuals who wish to develop an understanding of the classification system and how it can be used to explore the world of work. This tutorial is self-directed and allows individuals to study specific parts of the NOC.

Where do I find information on credential recognition?

Information on foreign credential recognition is available through the Job Bank Web site. This service is designed for internationally-trained and educated individuals who wish to have their credentials recognized in Canada. It provides information, guidelines and referral services to help people put their skills to work in Canada more rapidly.

Additional information on foreign credential recognition can be found at the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials.

If you need help to find the NOC 2011 code for your occupation, please Ask Us.

Where do I find information about immigration?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) uses the NOC 2011 as part of their processing of applications for Skilled Workers and Professionals Program.

If you need help in finding your NOC 2011 code, which you will need in order to complete your immigration application, please Ask Us.

If your question is related to immigration procedures or processes, please contact CIC directly.

Information on living in Canada can be found on Citizenship and Immigration Canada Living in Canada’s Web site.

How often is the NOC updated?

The NOC is updated every five years to coincide with Census cycles through a collaborative partnership with Statistics Canada. The NOC was most recently updated for 2011.

How can I access information on wages, salaries and jobs in my field of work?

Canadian labour market information is available on the Job Bank’s Web site. This site answers questions about jobs, skills, wages, salaries and the availability of work in specific areas across Canada. Users can perform searches by NOC 2006 codes.

Where can I find information on education and training programs?

The NOC 2011 provides education and training information in the Employment Requirements section of each occupational description. Training and education in Canada are the responsibilities of individual provincial and territorial governments. You may contact the Ministry of Education and Training in your province or territory for additional details.

Information about Canadian universities, colleges, scholarships and programs is also available through the CanLearn Web site.

Please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials Web site for information about regulated trades and professions in Canada, including the regulatory bodies responsible for licensure.

How can I find a job?

Please consult the following resources for information on current employment opportunities in Canada:

Careers in the federal public service
Job Bank

For training, career and worker information, please visit:
Job Bank

What are NOC Skill Types and Skill Levels?

The NOC classifies occupations on the criteria of Skill Type and Skill Level.

The first digit of the NOC code identifies the Skill Type of an occupation which indicates the broad area of work. For example, Health Occupations start with the digit 3. Management Occupations, which are found across all Skill Types, from 1 through 9, start with the digit 0.

The NOC classifies occupations on one of four broad skill levels identified as A through D. These levels correspond to the kind and/or amount of training or education required for entering an occupation. Please see the NOC Introduction for further details.

Occupations in Skill Types 1 through to 9 are classified under Skill Levels A, B, C or D. The second digit of the NOC code represents the level as follows: A = 0 and 1, B = 2 and 3, C = 4 and 5, and D = 6 and 7. Management occupations, which span all Skill Types, are included in Skill Level A as shown in the NOC Matrix 2011.

Skill Level A represents occupations usually requiring university education. Skill Level B refers to occupations usually requiring college education or apprenticeship training. Skill Level C occupations generally require completion of secondary school and some job-specific training or completion of courses directly related to the work. Skill Level D occupations usually require some secondary school, on-the-job training, short demonstration sessions or instruction that takes place in the work environment.

How can I make use of the NOC 2011 Web Service (NOCWS)?

The NOC 2011 Web Service (NOCWS) enables users to integrate NOC 2011 information directly into their organizations' Internet-enabled applications (i.e.: Web sites).

The NOCWS 2011 is designed to help organizations provide better quality services to their clients. It enables organizations to:

  • Improve timely access to relevant occupational and skill information;
  • Ensure accuracy and consistency of information in their products and services;
  • Seamlessly integrate occupational information into Web sites under their own look and feel; and
  • Save money on costs related to application development, database uploading and maintenance.

For more information on how NOCWS 2011 can provide useful solutions for your organization, please Ask Us.

Is there a crosswalk between the NOC 2006 and the NOC-S?

For information on how to obtain crosswalks - or concordance tables - between previous editions of the NOC and the NOC-S, please visit the Statistics Canada Web site.

Please refer to the Concordances Table in the Introduction for the crosswalk between the NOC 2006 and the NOC 2011.