Eligible TEER Categories for Canada’s Express Entry Programs

Published on: March 5th, 2024
Last updated: March 8th, 2024

Within the National Occupational Classification (NOC) framework, a TEER (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) category, groups occupations based on the general level of training, education, experience, and responsibilities typically required for a specific job. Discover which TEER categories are eligible for Express Entry this year.

How the NOC system works

The NOC system includes six distinct TEER categories, which are numbered from 0 to 5. These categories form the second digit in the NOC code system.

Each TEER category primarily reflects the educational and training prerequisites essential for a job role. Additionally, it takes into account the experience needed for entering the field and the relative complexity of job responsibilities compared to other roles. For instance, moving up from TEER category 2 to category 1 typically demands additional formal education. However, advancing from category 5 to 4 can often be accomplished with on-the-job training and accumulated work experience.

The purpose of each TEER category is to represent the typical routes to career entry in various occupations. In situations where multiple employment pathways exist, the category most frequently recognized by employers is selected. This choice is based on the specific occupation in question and evolving trends in recruitment standards.

TEER categoryNature of education, training and experience required and complexity of responsibilities
0Management responsibilities
1Completion of a university degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctorate); or
Previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found in TEER category 2 (when applicable).
2Completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP; or
Completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five years; or
Occupations with supervisory or significant safety (e.g. police officers and firefighters) responsibilities; or
Several years of experience in a related occupation from TEER category 3 (when applicable).
3Completion of a post-secondary education program of less than two years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or
Completion of an apprenticeship training program of less than two years; or
More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses or specific work experience with some secondary school education; or
Several years of experience in a related occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable).
4Completion of secondary school; or
Several weeks of on-the-job training with some secondary school education; or
Experience in a related occupation from TEER category 5 (when applicable).
5Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements

How to find your TEER level

To find your TEER level, you will first need to know your NOC code under the new 2021 system.

If you know your NOC code under the old system, you can use Statistics Canada’s Correspondence Table to find your new code. If you don’t know your occupation code, visit our guide on How to Find your NOC code.

Once you have found your code, you can determine your TEER level by looking at the second digit of your five-digit NOC code. For example, the 2021 code for Web Designer is 21233. The second digit is 1, therefore, this occupation falls under TEER 1.

It is important to note that, while your occupation may be eligible for Express Entry, there are additional minimum requirements that must be met in order to apply.

Eligible TEER Categories by Express Entry Progam

Wondering about the TEER categories that qualify for Express Entry? Below is a comprehensive list of eligible TEERs for each Express Entry Program

Eligibility criteriaCanadian Experience ClassFederal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Trades Program
Type/Level of work experienceCanadian work experience in an occupation listed in 1 or more of these NOC TEER Categories:

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

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


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