Federal Skilled Trades Program

It is a program where the candidate’s skills are assessed and selected according to the skill that they are perfect in. They can become the permanent residents of Canada through this program.  There are several skills listed under this program like industrial, electrical and construction trades, maintenance and equipment operation, supervisors, technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production, processing, manufacturing, utilities supervisors, central control operators, chefs, cooks, butchers and bakers. The candidate should have skilled trade as prescribed by the National Occupation Classification (NOC). This is the easiest way for a qualified skilled person to immigrate to Canada and get the permanent residential status in a faster way.


 Language Proficiency:

Not only the skills, but a candidate must meet a few additional requirements like minimum Language ability. The minimum language requirement is CLB 5 in speaking and listening CLB 4 in reading and writing.

 Work Experience:

A Candidate must have worked continually full time or equivalent part-time hours in their skilled trade occupation for at least 2 years or an equal amount of part-time job experience. The candidate must have performed both the actions described in the job duties and a relevant number of job duties listed under the NOC description of the occupation. Another important point to be taken care of is, the work experience certificates produced must be within the 5 years before you apply. That is, if you are applying in the year 2020, then you should have the experience certificate which is dated between 2015 and 2020. Word experience matters!

 Relevant employment requirements

The foreign Nationals must meet the relevant employment requirements of the skilled trade occupation specified in the application as set out in the NOC, except for the requirement to obtain a certified of qualification issued by a competent provincial authority. There are a number of different scenarios for determining whether a foreign national has the relevant employment experience, which may be either trade certification or Canadian work experience, in order to be eligible under this class.


There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But you can always use your educational qualifications to push up your rank in the Express Entry System.