Federal Skilled Worker - Selection Criteria

Skilled workers and professionals: Self-assessment test

Who should take the test?

You should take this test to help you decide if you want to apply to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. If you are married or in a common-law relationship, you both should take the test to see who scores the most points. The person with the most selection points should apply as the principal applicant.


The self-assessment test will help you determine if you would earn enough points in the six selection factors to qualify as a skilled worker immigrant. Note: you must meet the minimum requirements for your application to be eligible for processing. Use CIC eligibility tool to see if you would meet the minimum requirements.

This test is only for guidance. A Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officer will make a decision about your application based on the information you provide. The information from the test is for your use only.

Pass mark

The current pass mark is 67. The pass mark could change. You should check for updated information on a regular basis.



Skilled Worker Self-Assessment
Factor 1 – Education
(maximum 25 points)



Indicate your highest level of education Number of points
Did not complete secondary school (also called high school 0 points
Obtained a secondary school credential 5 points
Obtained a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and completed at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 12 points
Obtained a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and completed at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 15 points
Obtained a one-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and completed at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 15 points
Obtained a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and completed at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 20 points
Obtained a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and completed at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 20 points
Obtained a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship (other than university) and completed at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 22 points
Obtained two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and completed at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 22 points
Obtained a master’s or Ph.D. and completed at least 17 years of full-time education or full-time equivalent studies 25 points

Factor 2 – English and French language ability
(maximum 24 points)

To assess your English and French ability, first decide which language you are most comfortable with. This language is your first official language. The language you feel less comfortable communicating in is your second official language.

Determine your language ability, then award points according to your ability to read, write, listen to and speak English and French.

Check the areas that reflect your ability to read, write, listen to and speak English and French.


First Canadian Official Language (either English or French)
  Read Write Speak Listen
High Proficiency
(Maximum of sixteen (16) points)
4 points 4 points 4 points 4 points
Moderate Proficiency
(Maximum of eight (8) points)
2 points 2 points 2 points 2 points
Basic Proficiency
(Maximum of two (2) points)
1 point 1 point 1 point 1 point
No Proficiency
(No points)
0 points 0 points 0 points 0 points
Second Canadian Official Language (either English or French)
  Read Write Speak Listen
High Proficiency
(Maximum of eight (8) points)
2 points 2 points 2 points 2 points
Moderate Proficiency
(Maximum of eight (8) points)
2 points 2 points 2 points 2 points
Basic Proficiency
(Maximum of two (2) points)
1 point 1 point 1 point 1 point
No Proficiency
(No points)
0 points 0 points 0 points 0 points


Factor 3 – Work Experience
(maximum 21 points)

You must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience (37.5 hours per week), or the equivalent in part-time work.

You will earn points for the number of years you have spent in full-time (37.5 hours per week, or the equivalent in part-time), paid work.

This experience must:

  • be in an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) list and
  • be listed in an occupation listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the NOC and
  • have occurred in the past 10 years.

You must have performed most of the duties, including all the essential duties, that are listed for the occupation.

If the initial description and list of main duties match what you did at your last job(s), you can use this experience to earn points under the selection factors when you apply as a skilled worker. Use the chart below to calculate the number of points based on your number of years of experience.

PLEASE NOTE:
You must meet all of the above criteria, or your application will not be accepted.

To determine your points, first assess your work experience, and then complete the following:



Your Work Experience is …
Less than 1 year 0 points
More than 1 year but less than 2 years 15 points
More than 2 years but less than 3 years 17 points
More than 3 years but less than 4 years 19 points
4 or more years 21 points


Factor 4 – Age
(maximum 10 points)

Points are given for your age at the time your application is received.


Please Enter Your Age in Years
less than 17 - 0 points 20 - 8 points 52 - 4 points
17 - 2 points 21 - 49 - 10 points 53 - 2 points
18 - 4 points 50 - 8 points Over 53 - 0 points
19 - 6 points 51 - 6 points  


Factor 5 – Arranged Employment
(maximum 10 points)

To obtain points for this factor, you must have a permanent job offer in Canada, be capable of carrying out the work, and likely to accept the job. The job offer must be in an occupation listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification.

One of the following situations must also apply.

  1. You are working in Canada on a temporary work permit and
    1. your temporary work permit was issued after receipt of a positive labour market opinion of your job offer from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC);
    2. you are currently working in that job;
    3. the work permit was valid at the time you made your permanent resident visa application and at the time the visa, if any, is issued; and
    4. your employer made an offer to employ you on an indeterminate basis once the permanent resident visa is issued.
      OR
  2. You are working in Canada on a temporary work permit and
    1. your temporary work permit was exempted from the requirement of obtaining a labour market opinion of your job offer from HRSDC on the basis of an international agreement (e.g., NAFTA or GATS), a significant benefit to Canada (e.g., intra-company transfer) or public policy on Canada’s academic or economic competitiveness (e.g., post-graduate work);
    2. you are currently working in that job;
    3. the work permit was valid at the time you made your permanent resident visa application and at the time the visa, if any, is issued; and
    4. your employer made an offer to employ you on an indeterminate basis once the permanent resident visa is issued.
      OR
  3. You are working in Canada on a temporary work permit and
    1. the circumstances described in 1 and 2 above do not apply to you;
    2. your employer has made an offer to employ you on an indeterminate basis once the permanent resident visa is issued; and
    3. your permanent job offer has received a positive labour market opinion from HRSDC. You cannot apply to HRSDC for a labour market opinion yourself. Your employer must apply for you.
      OR
  4. You do not intend to work in Canada before being issued a permanent resident visa, you do not hold a temporary work permit, and
    1. the employer has made an offer to employ you on an indeterminate basis once the permanent resident visa is issued; and
    2. your permanent job offer has received a positive labour market opinion from HRSDC. You cannot apply to HRSDC for a labour market opinion yourself. Your potential employer must apply for you.
    3. you meet the Canadian licensing or regulatory requirements for the job.


No Arranged Employment 0 points
Arranged Employment  10 - points

Factor 6 – Adaptability
(maximum 10 points)

You can receive a maximum of 10 points based on any combination of the elements listed below:


1. Accompanying Spouse / Common-Law Partner’s Education:
Secondary school diploma or less 0 points
A one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and completed at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 3 points
A one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship or university degree at the bachelor’s level and completed at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 3 points
A two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship or university degree at the bachelor&# 8217;s level and completed at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 4 points
A three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship (not university) and completed at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 4 points
Two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and completed at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 4 points
A master’s or Ph.D. and completed at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies 5 points
Not Applicable 0 points

2. Principal Applicant or Spouse / Common-Law Partner has studied in Canada
No, or has less than two years post-secondary education in Canada 0 points
Completed at least two years of post-secondary education in Canada since the age of 17 5 points

3. Principal Applicant or Spouse / Common-Law Partner has worked in Canada
No, or has worked full-time in Canada for less than one year 0 points
Worked full-time in Canada for at least one year 5 points

4. Principal Applicant has obtained points under Factor 5, Arranged Employment
You are not eligible to claim points on this question as you do not have arranged employment under Factor 5.

5. Principal Applicant or Spouse / Common-Law Partner has family in Canada
No family in Canada 0 points
Family in Canada (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, niece, nephew, child or grandchild, spouse or common-law partner who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada) 5 points


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