On November 06, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) removed truck drivers from the list of occupations eligible for the Certificate of Qualification.
Truck drivers were previously eligible for these points, but they have now been removed from the official Certificate of Qualification list.
Express Entry applicants in the truck driving profession are advised to update their profiles immediately to avoid misrepresentation, especially in case IRCC conducts targeted Express Entry draws for transport occupations.
What is a Certificate of Qualification?
A Certificate of Qualification serves as a vital document for individuals aspiring to work in specific skilled trades in Canada. Here’s what you need to know:
- Proof of Eligibility: The certificate demonstrates that you possess all the necessary qualifications to practice your trade in a Canadian province or territory.
- Certification Exam: To obtain the certificate, you must successfully pass a certification exam relevant to your skilled trade.
- Issuing Authority: Certificates of Qualification are issued by organizations responsible for regulating commerce in Canadian provinces, territories, or federal agencies.
Why is the Certificate of Qualification Important in Express Entry?
Understanding why the Certificate of Qualification holds significant value within the Express Entry system is essential:
- Additional CRS Points: Express Entry applicants with a valid Certificate of Qualification can earn up to 50 extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
- Enhanced Profile: These additional points enhance your CRS score, increasing your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency.
- No Job Experience Required: Unlike some immigration programs, you don’t need prior job experience in the eligible occupations to earn these extra points. Possessing the certificate is sufficient.
How to Obtain a Certificate of Qualification
Obtaining a Certificate of Qualification involves a few steps. Here’s what you need to do:
Check Your Eligibility:
Ensure your occupation is on the eligible list for the Certificate of Qualification.
Contact Relevant Regulatory Body:
Visit the website of the regulatory body in your province or territory. They will provide detailed information about the certification process.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
You can also visit the official Canada website for federally regulated skilled trades.
Follow Certification Procedures:
Understand and complete the certification procedures specified by the regulatory body. Each province and territory has its own standards, so make sure to adhere to the specific requirements of your location.
Prepare diligently for the certification exam, as Success in this exam is your ticket to obtaining the Certificate of Qualification.
Eligible Occupations for Certificate of Qualification
Here is a list of 100 eligible occupations for Certificate of Qualification along with their corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes:
- 22114: Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
- 22212: Drafting technologists and technicians
- 22311: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
- 22312: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 62200: Chefs
- 63200: Cooks
- 63201: Butchers (retail and wholesale)
- 63202: Bakers
- 63210: Hairstylists and Barbers
- 72010: Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
- 72011: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
- 72012: Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
- 72013: Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
- 72014: Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
- 72020: Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- 72021: Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
- 72022: Supervisors, printing and related occupations
- 72023: Supervisors, railway transport operations
- 72024: Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
- 72025: Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
- 72100: Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
- 72101: Tool and die makers
- 72102: Sheet metal workers
- 72103: Boilermakers
- 72104: Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
- 72105: Ironworkers
- 72106: Welders and related machine operators
- 72200: Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- 72201: Industrial electricians
- 72202: Power system electricians
- 72203: Electrical power line and cable workers
- 72204: Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
- 72205: Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
- 72300: Plumbers
- 72301: Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
- 72302: Gas fitters
- 72310: Carpenters
- 72311: Cabinetmakers
- 72320: Bricklayers
- 72321: Insulators
- 72400: Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- 72401: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- 72402: Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
- 72403: Railway carmen/women
- 72404: Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
- 72405: Machine fitters
- 72406: Elevator constructors and mechanics
- 72410: Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
- 72411: Auto body collision, refinishing, glass technicians and damage repair estimators
- 72420: Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
- 72421: Appliance servicers and repairers
- 72422: Electrical mechanics
- 72423: Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
- 72429: Other small engine and small equipment repairers
- 72500: Crane operators
- 72501: Water well drillers
- 72999: Other technical trades and related occupations
- 73100: Concrete finishers
- 73101: Tilesetters
- 73102: Plasterers, drywall installers, finishers and lathers
- 73110: Roofers and shinglers
- 73111: Glaziers
- 73112: Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- 73113: Floor covering installers
- 73200: Residential and commercial installers and servicers
- 73201: General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
- 73202: Pest controllers and fumigators
- 73209: Other repairers and servicers
- 73301: Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
- 73310: Railway and yard locomotive engineers
- 73311: Railway conductors and brakemen/women
- 73400: Heavy equipment operators
- 73401: Printing press operators
- 73402: Drillers and blasters—surface mining, quarrying and construction
- 82010: Supervisors, logging and forestry
- 82020: Supervisors, mining and quarrying
- 82021: Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
- 82030: Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- 82031: Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
- 83100: Underground production and development miners
- 83101: Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
- 83110: Logging machinery operators
- 83120: Fishing masters and officers
- 83121: Fishermen/women
- 92010: Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
- 92011: Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing, and utilities
- 92012: Supervisors, food and beverage processing
- 92013: Supervisors, plastic and rubber product manufacturing
- 92014: Supervisors, forest products processing
- 92015: Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
- 92020: Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
- 92021: Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
- 92022: Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
- 92023: Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
- 92024: Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
- 92100: Power engineers and power systems operators
- 92101: Water and waste treatment plant operators
- 93100: Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
- 93101: Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing
- 93102: Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators