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New TEER Categories for your NOC Occupation Information

Posted on 03/08/2022

NOC 2021 – Goodbye Occupation Type & Levels, Hello TEER Categories

The National Occupational Classification – or NOC – was updated in late 2021. The skill type and levels from NOC 2016 have been replaced in NOC 2021 by a new classification system called TEER (Training, Education, Experience, & Responsibilities) with 6 categories. Here’s how it compares to the previous NOC 2016 classification system:

Skill type or level (Previous system) TEER Category (New system)
Skill type 0 TEER Category 0
Skill level A TEER Category 1
Skill level B TEER Category 2 & 3
Skill level C TEER Category 4
Skill level D TEER Category 5


To see what each TEER Category involves, let’s now match the required education and experience from the 2016 system with the new TEER Categories:

TEER Types of Occupations Examples of occupations
TEER 0 Management occupations Marketing or Financial Managers
TEER 1 Occupations normally requiring a university degree Software Engineer; Financial Advisor
TEER 2 Occupations normally requiring:

·        College diploma

·        Apprenticeship training of 2 or more years

·        Supervisory occupations

Medical Lab technologist

Computer Network Technician

TEER 3 Occupations normally requiring:

·        College diploma

·        Apprenticeship training of less than 2 years

·        More than 6 months of on-the-job training

Dental Assistant



TEER 4 Occupations normally requiring:

·        High School diploma, OR

·        Several weeks of on-the-job training

Retail Salesperson

Home child care providers

TEER 5 Occupations normally requiring:

·        No formal education

·        Short-term work demonstration

Landscaping labourers

Door-to-door distributors

Delivery Service drivers


You may notice that the Skill Level B has been replaced by two TEER categories, 2 & 3, producing an extra category in NOC 2021.

Why does this change matter?

As of November 16, 2022, you will have to start using these new TEER categories when submitting your profile to Express Entry, as well as for other programs like Provincial Nomination Programs, Caregiver programs, and Atlantic Immigration programs, for example.

Let’s walk through how to find your new TEER category when submitting your profile at Express Entry:

Go to the following IRCC page and scroll down until you see the following:

  • Write your job title in the Field items box shown above and the table will change to show the closest NOC occupations.

For example, if you write Sales, the following results will show up:

Let’s say the closest match to your job is the NOC unit group Financial Sales Representatives. Note down your TEER Category (TEER 3) and your NOC Code (63102).

  • Next, go to the NOC website here to find your specific job title and occupation’s responsibilities. Make sure that you select NOC 2021 Version 1.0 as shown below:

Note that we’ve entered the NOC Code from above (63102), so when we click the blue Search button this is the result:

The highlighted sections show the basic job description of occupations in this unit group as well as typical job titles. Scroll down to just below and you’ll find the main duties listed which should match up fairly closely with some (not necessarily all) the duties you have in your current occupation:

This list of duties is also useful if you can’t find a match at the above IRCC page. In case you can’t find a match there, go to the NOC website we also linked above, and find the closest job title to yours and compare the listed duties to see if they match your duties in your current job. Once you’ve found an occupation with similar duties, write down the NOC occupational code and the TEER category, as well as the job title. Keep these for when you submit your profile at Express Entry.

Let’s now look at cases where you may have already submitted a profile at Express Entry by November 16, 2022:

Have you got your ITA yet?

If you plan to submit your profile to Express Entry on or after November 16, 2022, then you should go to the NOC website and find the nearest match as we show you above. Enter you 5-digit occupation code and your TEER Category when filling out your profile.

If you’ve already submitted your profile at Express Entry but haven’t yet received your Invitation to Apply, or ITA, by November 16, 2022, then go through the above steps at the IRCC page or the NOC website to find your TEER category and occupation code and use them to update your profile at Express Entry.

If you’ve already received your ITA, then submit your application for permanent residence using the old NOC 2016 type & levels to describe your occupation.

How do TEER Categories affect the Eligibility Criteria at Express Entry?

Let’s pull together the new TEER Categories and the requirements for eligibility at Express Entry. Here’s a table summing up the basics for all 3 streams within Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program):

Eligibility criteria CEC FSW program FST program
Language skills CLB 7 for TEER 0 & 1

CLB 5 for TEER 2 & 3

CLB 7 CLB 5 Speaking & Listening

CLB 4 Reading & Writing

Work experience Canadian work experience in 1 or more occupations of TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 Work experience in 1 occupation of TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3. Work experience in a trade in the following TEER 2 or 3 key NOC groups:

·        Major group 72: technical trades & transportation group officers & controllers (excluding transportation officers & controllers)

·        Major group 73: general trades

·        Major group 82: supervisors in natural resources, agriculture, or related production

·        Major group 83: occupations in natural resources, agriculture, or related production

·        Major group 92: processing, manufacturing, & utilities supervisors and utilities operators & controllers

·        Major group 93: central control & process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers & inspectors (excluding subgroup 932 assemblers & inspectors)

·        Minor group 6320: cooks, butchers, & bakers

·        Unit group 62200: chefs

Length of Work Experience 1 year in Canada during last 3 years (can be full-time or combination of full & part time) 1 year continuous work experience during the last 10 years (part-time, full-time, or more than 1 job) 2 years within last 5 years (can be full-time or combination of full & part-time)
Job offer Not required Not required but you can add selection criteria points to your profile by having a valid job offer Required:

·        Valid full-time job offer of at least 1 year, OR

·        Certificate of Qualification in your trade issued by a Canadian provincial/territorial or federal authority

Education Not required Secondary education required – you can also get additional selection criteria points for post-secondary education Not required


For CLB scores, what are the equivalent IELTS scores?


How About Selection Criteria & CRS Points?

Please note that both the Selection Criteria and the Comprehensive Ranking System at Express Entry will use the chart at the beginning of our blog to award selection and ranking points.

For example, for arranged employment in the previous type/levels 0, A, or B you got 50 points. Under the new system you get 50 points for arranged employment in TEER Categories 0, 1, 2, or 3. The same holds true for selection points for arranged employment in type/level 0, A, or B. Under TEER you get 10 points as before for arranged employment under TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 categories.



Posted in News Tips and tagged Express Entry, NOC, TEER

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