How To Find Your NOC Code For Canada Express Entry and PNP?

Find Noc Code Express Entry

This is a complete How to find NOC CODE (2023) updated guide for Canada Express Entry and PNP with the latest new NOC Code 2021 version.

I have tried my best to cover all the questions regarding the NOC code and updated this guide with the most recent information.

Topics I have covered in this article (with live examples) are :

  • What is NOC CODE and its different skill levels?
  • How to find the right NOC code? (including tips and mistakes to avoid)
  • How to find out if your NOC is in-demand or on the excluded list?
  • What are the changes in the latest 2021 version of the NOC Code?
  • How to find which NOC codes were picked in the recent SINP (Saskatchewan PNP) draws?
  • How to find out if your NOC Code requires a professional license?

Before we talk about ‘How to find your NOC code?‘ It’s important to know about NOC Code first.

What is the NOC code for Canada PR?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system assigns a four-digit unique code and job description for every occupation in the Canadian labour market is called NOC Code.

It’s a nationally recognized and standardized system that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) use to evaluate your work experience

Choosing the right NOC code is one of the most important parts of your immigration procedure.

A wrong NOC code that doesn’t actually match your previous work experience will lead to the refusal of your application.

Note: NOC Codes have switched from the 2016 version to the 2021 version on November 16th, 2022. Make sure you use the latest version from the official website while choosing your NOC code here.

What has changed in the latest 2021 version of the NOC Code?

Basically, the Government of Canada made these 2 major changes in the latest 2021 NOC Code version, first introducing a new 6-category system and 4-digit NOC codes now became 5-digit NOC codes, which switched on November 16th, 2022 and you will have to update your existing NOC Codes everywhere in your file.

Here are the 2 new major changes made in the latest 2021 NOC code version:

1) The older 2016 NOC version had skill type and skill level structure A, B, C, D and 0, They got switched to this new 6-category system, that represents these things:

– The training

– Education

– Experience

– and responsibilities (TEER) required to work in a particular occupation.

2) Older version had 4-digit occupation NOC Codes, they have become 5-digit NOC codes.

Important: They have also updated the eligibility criteria for all programs that use the NOC codes.

Each NOC is organized by TEERs ( old skill level A, B, C, or D) or skill type 0

For immigration purposes, the main job skill type or levels are :

NOC Code Latest TEER system 2023
NOC Code TEERs | (c) Mapple Dreams

TEER 0 (Skill Type 0): Occupations related to management, such as restaurant managers, mine managers, advertising, marketing and public relations managers
financial managers etc.

TEER 1 (Skill Level A): Professional occupations that usually need a university degree, such as doctors, dentists, architects, financial advisors
software engineers etc.

TEER 2 and TEER 3 (Skill Level B): Technical occupations and skilled trades that usually require a college diploma or apprentice training, such as chefs, plumbers, electricians, computer network and web technicians, medical laboratory technologists etc.

TEER 4 (Skill Level C): Intermediate occupation that usually needs a high school diploma, and many weeks of training, such as truck drivers, industrial butchers, receptionists, food and beverage servers, home child care providers, retail salespersons and visual merchandisers etc.

TEER 5 (Skill Level D): labour jobs that usually only require on-job training, such as fruit pickers, cleaning staff, oil field workers, landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers, delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors etc.

What does the TEER category mean in NOC Code 2021 version 1.0?

Full form of the TEER category in the NOC code, TEER stands for training, education, experience, and responsibilities. TEER has replaced the old skill level structure with a 6-category system.

Latest 2021 NOC version 1.0 TEER category

Previous NOC skill types/levels are now converted to TEER categories

latest NOC code TEER Category

Check Program Eligibility based on Skill Type

Eligibility check based on skill type depends upon the job or jobs you have done in the past and will play a big part in determining which programs you are eligible for.

Here are the following lists of programs in which an applicant may be interested along with the skill type requirements for each program :

Express Entry Program: If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant under Express Entry, the job you have done in the past must be TEER category, TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, TEER 3, TEER 4 or TEER 5.

If your TEER is 0, 1, 2 or 3 then you may qualify under the:

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP): If you are planning to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, your past work experience must be TEER 0, or TEER 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): People whose past work experience falls under any TEER category (0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) may be eligible to apply. The TEER category qualified will vary based on the roles needed in each province.

Temporary Work Visa/Permits: 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.

How to find the right NOC Code in 2023? [4 Easy Steps]

Here I am going to discuss the simple and easy step-by-step instructions on how to find the correct NOC code in 2023. Job duties are the most important because when submitting your proof of work experience, it must include your job duties.

IRCC will compare your job duties with those set out in the NOC job code.

#1. Go to the NOC Website

#2. If you do not know your NOC code then Click on the “Search by Job Title” Tab.

NOC Code 2021 Latest Version.png

Make sure you have selected “latest version 2021” under the version drop-down list and start typing your job designation under the “Enter your job title” field.

#3. If you are not sure about your job designation then you can start typing any keyword related to your designation.

For Example, I selected the latest NOC 2021 Version 1.0 and then entered the job title “Web”.

Latest NOC Code 2021 Version 1.0

It will show you the list of all designation that contains web keywords. You can check by clicking on “Matching job titles” under the “Title” column.

#4. If you are sure about your job designation then type your job title under the “Enter your job title” field.

For example, I typed “Web Developer”.

Choose Right NOC Code

It will show you a detailed description of the particular designation including the NOC code, job designation’s example titles, main duties, employment requirements, etc. and a breakdown summary on the right-hand side.

How to check NOC Code main duties in latest NOC 2021 version
How to check NOC Code main duties in the latest NOC 2021 version

Please read this carefully the ‘Main duties‘ are mentioned under ‘Job designation‘ or “Example titles‘.

Choosing the correct job title and NOC code is a very important step in the express entry as IRCC may directly cancel your file processing by mentioning ‘mismatch NOC code and job duties.’

NOTE: Always choose your NOC code whose job duties closely (80-90%) match with your job title or job designation which you are handling in your current or previous job.
Choose NOC Code wisely

What if you have multiple NOC codes?

It is very common that more than one NOC code can describe your all previous jobs. It’s fine if you have experience in more than one NOC code.

Just make sure you meet the minimum requirement of 1 year of continuous paid work experience in a primary NOC. You can use experience under multiple NOCs to claim points. In such a situation, you should consider the following factors:

Occupation in demand: Check what level of skill is most in demand for your field in Canada. For Example, check any province website to find out their occupation in demand NOC codes if you are planning to apply under some PNP.

Skill level: Choose that specific NOC code that categorizes you under “Skilled Immigrant” under different programs.


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How to find out if your NOC/Occupation is regulated or not in Canada?

In Canada, about 20% of jobs are regulated considering protecting the health and Safety of Canadians.

You can use CICIC’s (The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials) Directory of Occupational Profiles to determine whether or not your occupation is regulated.

CICIC is a unit of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

Check here: If Your Occupation is Regulated or Not << official website link

How to find out if your NOC is in demand or on the excluded list?

(SINP – Saskatchewan PNP only)

There is no such in-demand NOC code list displayed by the Saskatchewan government but there is a list of the excluded NOC code list.

We can only assume that those NOCs that are not in the excluded NOC code list are in demand. Just keep an eye on all the recent draws announced by SINP to know which NOCs were picked.

Steps to find the SINP PNP excluded list

On Saskatchewan’s office website

Step 1: Goto >> Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) << official link here

Step 2: Goto >> Browse SINP programs

Step 3: Click on >> International Skilled Worker

Step 4: Click on >> International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry

Step 5: Goto >> Eligibility: Click on ‘details’

Step 6: find Excluded Occupations List click on it and Download the pdf file.

How to find which NOC codes were picked in the recent SINP PNP draws?

On Saskatchewan’s office website

Step 1: Goto >> Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Step 2: Goto >> Browse SINP programs

Step 3: Click on >> International Skilled Worker

Step 4: Click on >> International Skilled Worker: EOI system << official link here

Step 5: Goto >> EOI Selection Results: Click on ‘details’

Step 6: Find SINP EOI Selections Results click on it and the pdf file will be downloaded.

How to find out if your NOC Code requires a professional license in Saskatchewan (SINP)?

On Saskatchewan’s office website

Step 1: Goto >> Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Step 2: Goto >> Browse SINP programs

Step 3: Click on >> International Skilled Worker

Step 4: Click on >> International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry << official link here

Step 5: Goto >> Eligibility: Click on ‘details’

Step 6: Download SINP Requirements related to the Professional Status pdf file.

💡Read Also :

Latest 2021 NOC code EOI update

Must check this official video where you can check the latest updates in the latest 2021 version of the NOC code.


How to find NOC Code using TEERs: FAQs

Here are the important frequently asked questions regarding the latest NOC code changes in 2022. Hope you will find this detailed step-by-step guide on the latest TEER NOC Code helpful.

What has changed in the latest 2021 version of the NOC Code?

Basically, the Government of Canada made these 2 major changes in the latest 2021 NOC Code version, first introducing a new 6-category system and 4-digit NOC codes now became 5-digit NOC codes, which switched on November 16th, 2022 and you will have to update your existing NOC Codes everywhere in your file. Always check the official website link for more details.

What does the TEER category mean in NOC Code 2021 version 1.0?

Full form of the TEER category in the NOC code, TEER stands for training, education, experience, and responsibilities. TEER has replaced the old skill level structure with a 6-category system.

What’s different between the new NOC code TEER category and Skill types or levels?

Canada immigration programs that were using NOC skill types or levels earlier are now switched to TEER categories. Now skill type 0 changed to TEER 0, skill level A changed to TEER 1, skill level B changed to TEER 2 and TEER 3, skill level C changed to TEER 4 and skill level D changed to TEER 5.

How many digits now are in the latest NOC Code 2021 version?

The latest 2021 version of NOC codes will now have 5-digit codes. Previous 4-digit NOC codes have changed to 5-digit NOC codes.

When did the New NOC CODE changes implemented by the (IRCC) Canadian government?

The Canadian government (IRCC) switched the latest NOC Codes 2021 version on November 16th, 2022.

Conclusion: How to find your NOC code in 2023?

I hope I have covered all the possible details to find your correct Noc Code, tried explaining the latest changes and tried to simplify the most important step to express entry.

If you still have any questions or if I missed anything please mention them in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Always check and verify any information on my blog or any other website from the official website only, this blog is only for educational purposes, Official link to find your NOC code here. Consider my blog for informational purposes only, information can be outdated because these immigration topics and rules are always subject to change.

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