Federal Skilled Classes

The federal skilled worker class is for professional workers. Applicants of the FSW program become so based on the qualification. In order to qualify as a FSW, applicants must have 67 points which is calculated by assessing your language skills, your university education, work experience, and your age.

The primary desirable group for applicants to meet the requirements are workers who are between the ages of 25 – 35. To get maximum score for age, you must be between the ages of 18-35. After you reach 35 years of age, your scores start to decline and once you reach 45 where you will get a point or 2, you no longer are classified as a benefit to Canada. The years you are contributing economic to Canada will be less and the cost to Canadians will start to go higher and higher.

Many applicants who apply under the FSW program are individuals who have already married and started raising a family. Most families want to make life better for their children so they start looking at options for raising them in another country. A points grid for this program is provided below.

Federal Skilled Worker Points Grid

In order to qualify for Express Entry, applicants must also still be able to meet the requirements of one of the programs included. For Federal Skilled Workers, this means each candidate must be able to meet the 67 point requirement.

The points are based on six selection criteria. These criteria and point calculations are provided below. If you want to determine whether you can qualify under this category, then go through the points grid and calculate your points.


First official Language: Maximum 24 points

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking
CLB 7 4 4 4 4
CLB 8 5 5 5 5
CLB 9+ 6 6 6 6


Don’t know what these scores mean? Then check out our language chart and IELTS and CELPIPS scores will be translated into Canadian Language Benchmarks for you to interpret.

Second Official Language: Maximum 4 points

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking
CLB 5+ 1 1 1 1
Language Total: 28 Points


  • Age Points
    18-35 years 12 points
    36 years 11 points
    37 years 10 points
    38 years 9 points
    39 years 8 points
    40 years 7 points
    41 years 6 points
  • Age Points
    42 years 5 points
    43 years 4 points
    44 years 3 points
    45 years 2 points
    46 years 1 points
    47 years 0 points
    Age Maximum: 12 Points
Work Experience Points
1 year 9 points
2-3 years 11 points
4-5 years 13 points
6 years and greater 15 points
Work Experience Maximum: 15 Points

Points are awarded for educational credentials that have been assessed by a designated organization such as World Education Services (WES) , indicating their Canadian equivalency.


Highest Level Completed Points
Doctoral Level 25 points
Master's Level or Professional Degree 23 points
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22 points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21 points
Two-year post-secondary credential 19 points
One-year post-secondary credential 15 points
Secondary School 5 points
Education Maximum: 25 Points

To receive points for arranged employment, applicants need a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from ESDC and permanent job offer. In some cases, applicants may be LMIA exempt and only require the indeterminate job offer.


Arranged Employment Points
Positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and job offer 10 points
Arranged Employment Maximum: 10 Points

Maximum points you can receive for adaptability is 10 points.


Adaptability Criteria Points
Principal Applicant has previous work experience in Canada (Min 1 year at NOC 0, A or B) 5 points
Principal Applicant has previous study in Canada (full-time study of at least two years duration) 5 points
Accompanying Spouse/Partner has previous study in Canada (full-time study of at least two years duration 5 points
Accompanying Spouse/Partner has previous work experience in Canada (Min 1 year under a valid work permit) 5 points
Arranged Employment 5 points
Relative in Canada 18 years or over* 5 points
Accompanying Spouse/Partner's first official language meets CLB 4 (With valid test results) 5 points
Adaptability Maximum: 10 Points

*Relative is defined as the Principal Applicant's or their Spouse's/Partner's:

1) Father or Mother 2) Grandmother or Grandfather 3) Child 4) Grandchild 5) Brother or Sister 6) Aunt or Uncle 7) Niece or Nephew


English Language Test ( IELTS General or CELPIP - General )




FSW Second Language Points FSW First Language Points CLB/NCLC Listening Reading Writing Speaking Listening Reading Writing Speaking
1 6 9+ 8.0+ 7.0+ 7.0+ 7.0+ 5+ 5+ 5+ 5+
1 5 8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 4H 4H 4H 4H
1 4 7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 4L 4L 4L 4L
1 0* 6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5 3H 3H 3H 3H
1 0* 5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 3L 3L 3L 3L
0 0* 4 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 2H 2H 2H 2H
0 0* 3 4.0- 3.0- 3.5- 3.5- 2L- 2L- 2L- 2L-

*Minimum score of 6.0 bands required in each band for first language in order to qualify for FSWP

French Language Test (TEF)

FSW Second Language Points FSW First Language Points CLB/NCLC Listening (Compréhensionorale) Reading (Compréhensionécrite) Writing (Expression écrite) Speaking (Expression orale)
1 6 9+ 298+ 248+ 372+


1 5 8 280-297 233-247 349-371 349-371
1 4 7 248 206 309 309
1 0* 6 217 181 271 271
1 0* 5 180 150 225 225
0 0* 4 145 121 181 181

*Minimum 6.0 bands required in each module for first language in order to qualify for FSWP

Federal Skilled Trades

Federal skilled trades include tradespeople who work in various industries. Anyone who fits in this category would include those who went to vocational school or a technical institute and received a diploma was educated in a trade that required an apprenticeship. Some examples of a skilled trade include:

  • Bricklayers
  • Tile setters
  • Concrete workers
  • Cooks
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Painters
  • Supervisors in Food Service
  • Mechanics

These are classified as NOC B (national classification codes) positions. Trades are classified as compulsory or optional trades. Depending on where workers decide to get employment different provinces’ compulsory trades differ. If it is a compulsory trade, workers must get a letter of qualification from the province in order to be allowed to work in that trade.

Trades are in high demand since the government of Canada has focused on bringing in educated professionals into Canada. This has resulted in more opportunities for those who work in the trades while in Canada more parents are sending their children into university.

In many countries trades are taught in skill and by family members as a necessary skill. These skills are in high demand in Canada and the training learned through family members and high school can be assessed by apprenticeship groups across Canada. Get yourself assessed and come in to Canada to work.