What is Federal Skilled Trade Program?

The Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program is one of three federal immigration programs which is part of Express Entry system. It gives potential applicants, who are qualified in a skilled trade, another way of immigrating to Canada. It also uses CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) to rank interested applicants against each other and inviting applicants who are above a given threshold. It was launched in 2013 to address growing shortage of skilled workers in Canada.

What are the eligibility requirements for Federal Skilled Trade Express Entry Program?

There are multitude of factors on which an applicant eligibility is assessed for FST program. Following are the requirements for FSTW program:

(a)  Work Experience:

  • The applicant must have at least 24-months of continuous, full-time, skilled work experience completed in a particular trade within the previous 10 years. In Federal Skilled Trade program, any experience obtained while working part-time is also considered for points evaluation.
  • The work experience for FST can either be 24 months on one job for minimum 30 hours per week or longer duration of part-time work totalling 3120 hours over a two year period.

(b) Language Proficiency: 

  • Language proficiency must also be proven by the Candidate, either in English or French by taking an approved Language Test for Federal Skilled Trade Program.
  • For IELTS, FST program requires CLB 5 which is for speaking (5.0+); listening (5.0+), and CLB 4 for reading (3.5+) and writing (4.0+). Although, the minimum is CLB 5, but scoring higher in IELTS improves your CRS score and increases your chances to get an ITA (Invitation to Apply for Federal Skilled Worker Class).
  • For CELPIP, the FST program requires CLB 5 which is for speaking (5+); listening (5+), and CLB for reading (4+) and writing (4+). Here again, scoring higher improves an applicant chance to get an ITA.
  • For candidates interested in giving French test TEF, FST Program requires NCLC 5 for speaking (226+) and listening (181+), and NCLC 4 for reading (121+) and writing (181+).

(c) Education

  • There is no minimum requirement for education for applying in Federal skilled Trade Program.

(d) Permanent Job Offer or Skilled Trade Qualification

  • An applicant applying under this program must either have a permanent job offer or shall have his/her skilled trade qualification certified from a regulatory body of the province or territory where the applicant desires to work.
  • In the case of a permanent job offer, the applicant must be able to supply proof that they have been offered a full-time job in Canada that adds up to 30 hours a week or more. This can also be applicable to two part-time job offers that will cover 30 hours a week.
  • If the applicant has a certification from the regulatory body of the province, then job offer is not required. Every province has different requirement for certification of trade qualification for a candidate. If you need further information regarding this contact us.

(e) Eligible Occupations under FST program

  • The following occupations, are qualified for immigration to Canada through this program. To find out your specific occupation, please feel free to contact us.
    Major Group 72industrial, electrical and construction trades
    Major Group 73maintenance and equipment operation trades
    Major Group 82supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
    Major Group 92processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
    Minor Group 632chefs and cooks
    Minor Group 633butchers and bakers
  • Major Group 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades

     Minor Group 720 – Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers

    • 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
    • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

    Minor Group 723 – Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades

    • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    • 7232 Tool and die makers
    • 7233 Sheet metal workers
    • 7234 Boilermakers
    • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
    • 7236 Ironworkers
    • 7237 Welders and related machine operators

    Minor Group 724 – Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers

    • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    • 7242 Industrial electricians
    • 7243 Power system electricians
    • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
    • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
    • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
    • 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians

    Minor Group 725 – Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters

    • 7251 Plumbers
    • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    • 7253 Gas fitters

    Minor Group 727 – Carpenters and cabinetmakers

    • 7271 Carpenters
    • 7272 Cabinetmakers

    Minor Group 728 – Masonry and plastering trades

    • 7281 Bricklayers
    • 7282 Concrete finishers
    • 7283 Tile setters
    • 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

    Minor Group 729 – Other construction trades

    • 7291 Roofers and shinglers
    • 7292 Glaziers
    • 7293 Insulators
    • 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    • 7295 Floor covering installers
  • Major Group 73 – Maintenance and equipment operation trades

    Minor Group 730 – Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators

    • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    • 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    • 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
    • 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

    Minor Group 731 – Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)

    • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    • 7314 Railway carmen/women
    • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    • 7316 Machine fitters
    • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics

    Minor Group 732 – Automotive service technicians

    • 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    • 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers

    Minor Group 733 – Other mechanics and related repairers

    • 7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    • 7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
    • 7333 Electrical mechanics
    • 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
    • 7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers

    Minor Group 736 – Train crew operating occupations

    • 7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    • 7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women

    Minor Group 737 – Crane operators, drillers and blasters

    • 7371 Crane operators
    • 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    • 7373 Water well drillers

    Minor Group 738 – Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

    • 7381 Printing press operators
    • 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
  • Major Group 82 – Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production

    Minor Group 821 – Supervisors, logging and forestry

    • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry

    Minor Group 822 – Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas

    • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
    • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

    Minor Group 823 – Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations

    • 8231 Underground production and development miners
    • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

    Minor Group 824 – Logging machinery operators

    • 8241 Logging machinery operators

    Minor Group 825 – Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services

    • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • 8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

    Minor Group 826 – Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women

    • 8261 Fishing masters and officers
    • 8262 Fishermen/women
  • Major Group 92 – Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators

    Minor Group 921 – Supervisors, processing and manufacturing occupations

    • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
    • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
    • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
    • 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

    Minor Group 922 – Supervisors, assembly and fabrication

    • 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
    • 9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
    • 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
    • 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    • 9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
    • 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly

    Minor Group 923 – Central control and process operators in processing and manufacturing

    • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
    • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
    • 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

    Minor Group 924 – Utilities equipment operators and controllers

    • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
    • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators
  • Minor Group 632 – Chefs and Cooks

    • 6321 – Chefs
    • 6322 – Cooks
  • Minor Group 633 – Butchers and bakers

    • 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
    • 6332 Bakers
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  • Check your Eligibility against Federal Skilled Trade Criterion.
  • Gather your Documents such as Language proficiency test results, passport etc.
  • If your CRS score is low, consult us and we will tell you ways to increase CRS score.
  • Create an Express Entry Profile and wait for the ITA (Invitation To Apply).
  • Wait for review of your application
  • Receive Confirmation of Permanent Resident Status (COPR).
  • Complete your Landing in Canada and become PR.

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Since the Express Entry system launched in 2015, the lowest ranking CRS score to receive an ITA under FST program has been 199 points. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.

If you are applying under NOC 2006, then you do need a LMIA assessment, but, if you are applying under NOC 2011, then, you do not require a LMIA assessment. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.

You can apply to Federal Skilled Trade Program through Express Entry Program by submitting your application online. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.

There is no minimum educational requirement for applying under Federal Skilled Trade Program. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.

If you do not have a job offer from Canada, or you do not have work authorization to work in Canada, then you must show unencumbered, debt-free funds. The fund requirement is same as Federal Skilled worker express Entry Program. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.

Occupations that come under FSTP require Skill Type B as per the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.

If you are eligible for FST program, you can settle in any province you like. If you are still confused, feel free to contact us.