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What is new TEER System of Canada 2024?

The TEER system involves the categorization of occupations within Canada's new NOC 2021 system. The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system holds major significance in the operation of crucial Canadian immigration programs like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and more. It serves to classify and categorize the diverse occupations present in the Canadian labour market. As a result, it supports candidates for Canada immigration in selecting the appropriate occupation when registering their profiles in an immigration program.

What is NOC system?

Find below a few key points to understand what NOC system is and how it is relevant to you as a Canada immigration applicant.

  • The NOC or National Occupational Classification system is classification or categorization of all the occupations, which exists in the Canadian labour market. ESDC and Statistics Canada prepares this classification, and renews it every 10 years.
  • The NOC system helps job seekers and employers in Canada defining and understanding the nature of a job or work in Canadian job market.
  • If you are applying for visa in Canada through popular immigration programs, i.e. Express Entry OR PNP, you need to choose relevant NOC occupation from Canada’s NOC occupation list to register your profile and apply.

From November 16, 2022, Canada has adopted a new NOC system 2021 replacing the old NOC 2016 system. The NOC system is based on TEER category system.

How new TEER System work?

The IRCC has switched to NOC 2021 Version 1.0 on 16 November 2022. Find below key features of new TEER system under NOC 2021:

  • Under this new system, a 6-categories represents the TEER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities) needed to work in an occupation,
  • New TEER system introduces 5-digit code for each NOC occupation, replacing Old 4-digit occupation codes
  • IRCC has updated the eligibility criteria for all programs that use new TEER system under NOC 2021

Comparison of New TEER categories Vs old skill type or level

The Canada immigration programs, which were previously using NOC skill type or levels, are now using TEER categories from 16 November 2022:

  • Most jobs stayed in the TEER category that is equal to the skill level in the table given below.
  • Few jobs have changed to a different TEER category.
  • Skill level B jobs have become TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.

You may find your occupation under the new NOC Occupation List to find out what TEER category it belongs to.

Skill type or level TEER Category

Skill type 0


Skill level A


Skill level B

TEER 2 and TEER 3

Skill level C


Skill level D


TEER categories and examples of jobs

TEER Occupation types Examples


Management occupations

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
Financial managers


Occupations that usually require a university degree

Financial advisors
Software engineers


Occupations that usually require

  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or
  • supervisory occupations

Computer network and web technicians
Medical laboratory technologists


Occupations that usually require

  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or
  • more than 6 months of on-the-job training

Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants


Occupations that usually require

  • a high school diploma, or
  • several weeks of on-the-job training

Home child care providers
Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers


Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education

Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors

List of Canada immigration programs affected by New NOC system change

Find below the list of immigration programs, which have updated eligibility requirements because of this change:

  • Express Entry
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program
    • Canadian Experience Class
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Atlantic Immigration Program
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • caregivers programs
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • Agri-Food Pilot
  • out-of-status construction workers
  • International Mobility Program
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Updated Eligibility criteria of Express Entry System after new NOC 2021

Find below the updated Express entry criteria after the implementation of New NOC 2021 Version 1.0:

Eligibility Criteria  Canadian Experience Class Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program

Language skills

English or French skills

  • CLB 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupations
  • CLB 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupations

English or French skills

  • CLB 7

English or French skills

  • CLB 5 for speaking and listening
  • CLB 4 for reading and writing

Type/Level of work experience

Canadian work experience in an occupation listed in 1 or more of these NOC TEER Categories:

  • TEER 0
  • TEER 1
  • TEER 2
  • TEER 3

Work experience in an occupation listed in 1 of these NOC TEER Categories:

  • TEER 0
  • TEER 1
  • TEER 2
  • TEER 3

Work experience in a skilled trade under key groups of TEER 2 or TEER 3:

  • Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers, excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers
  • Major Group 73, general trades
  • Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers
  • Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
  • Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers
  • Unit Group 62200, chefs

Amount of work experience

One year in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)

One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in your primary occupation)

Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)

Job offer

Not required.

Not required.

But you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer.


  • a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or
  • a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority


Not required.

Secondary education required.

You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.

Not required.

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FAQs TEER system of Canada

What is the meaning of TEER?

It is a six-category system, which represent the TEER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities), needed to work in an occupation.

Occupations under which TEER category are for Express Entry-FSW category applicants?

TEER 0 TO TEER 3 occupations are classified for Express Entry applicants registered under Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category

Which TEER categories are for Express Entry-FST category applicants?

The TEER 4 and TEER 5 occupations are categorized for Federal Skilled Trade (FST) category applicants under Express Entry System.

What is the significance of TEER category system of new NOC 2021?

The TEER categories of new NOC system provide more clarity on the education, skill, and experienced required for a particular occupation.

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