Skilled Trades Program

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Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) was launched on January 2nd 2013 in order to provide a route for skilled trades people to immigrate to Canada.

All applicants must meet the following minimal requirements to apply as a skilled trades worker:

  • You must have at least two years of work experience in an accepted occupation
  • You must have this experience in the last five years
  • You must obtain a Certificate of Qualification or you must have a job offer(s) from up to two Canadian employers that totals at least one year of full time work
  • You must meet the minimum language requirements in English or French

What are the minimal language requirements?

You must meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 level for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing in either English or French to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

For English, results from both the CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests are accepted.

The minimum results for the CELPIP are 3H, 2L, 2L and 3H, for the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking language abilities, respectively:

CLB Level Minimum score for each ability
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
5 3L 3L 3L 3L
4 2H 2H 2H 2H

The minimum results for the IELTS are 5.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 5.0, for the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking language abilities, respectively:

CLB Level Minimum score for each ability
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
4 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.0

56 Responses to Skilled Trades Program

  1. Abraham adeoye says:

    Hi, I am a Nigerian national cityzen who is a automobile technician with more than 15 years of experience till date, very good in diagnosis, scanning, programming, and troubleshooting of various vehicle, very hardworking, Who can speak English and French languages. I am interested in migrating to Canada to work there permanently. Anyone to help Thanks.

  2. Celestine says:

    I am a Nigeria citizen, a Safety officer, I have 5.5 listening 5.5 writing 6.5 speaking 3.0 writing, overall band 5.0,please can I apply

  3. Harjeet singh says:

    Dear sir
    I have scored 5.5 bands in Ielts. I m an accountant.experience 10ryears as an accountant. Can I apply for P. r. For Canada under skilled trade programme.

  4. Dear team
    I have two years industrial training institute diploma in trade of electronic mechanic. After that I have eight years industry electrician work experience. Can you assist me how I apply to Canada and which category if I eligible.
    I shall be very thankful to you

  5. GURPREET SINGH says:

    Dear team
    I have two years industrial training institute diploma in trade of electronic mechanic. After that I have eight years industry electrician work experience. I have 6 band each in ielts test.Can you assist me how I apply to Canada and which category if I eligible.
    I shall be very thankful to you

  6. Kaj says:

    Hi!

    I live in India. I got 5.5 bands in IELTS General . Am I eligible to apply? Let me know your office in India to contact in person .

    Thanks,

    kaj

  7. Kabunu ashem says:

    I am a civil engineer with 8years experience. I scored 6.0 in ielts general training, am I qualified for the federal skilled trade program

  8. chinedu Jerry says:

    I am Chinedu Jerry, a nigerian and an Electrical Engineer with 12years working experience. I am a certified Project manager and occupational health and safety professional. I want to migrate with my family to canada under skilled trade program. How do i start?

  9. sundeep kumar says:

    Dear sir,
    i would like know how many ilets band is needed for plumber job. please give me some information about plumber process.
    thank you

  10. Gurpreet singh says:

    I m gurpreet singh.i m from khanna(ldh) i m electrical diploma holder. I have one year experience of electrical work. I have 4.5 band writing 5.5 band listening 5.5 band speaking 3.0 band readind.can u assist me how i apply to canada pr with my family which i category if i eligible.thanks

  11. MOHAMED says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    My name is Mohamed, 38 years old, I am writing to express my interested in your Company services.
    Well, I am an owner of a tiny garments factory in Egypt
    and I have all skills which every employer dreams to find it in his workers (Tailor/Dressmaker/sewing machine operator/pattern maker and cutter) with more than 15 years of experience, so, if you can help me to get a Canadian job offer in these career.

    My Education is:
    Secondary school Diploma 1996 (machine operating). And I sent my academic certificate to world education service (WES) and I am waiting for their report.

    IELTS: overall band (5) issued in DEC, 2 , 2017
    Listening (5.5)
    Speaking (5.5)
    Writing (4.5)
    Reading (3.5)

    I am currently live in Egypt, and I am planning to move to Canada, but the Express Entry System will not allowed me to enter the pool of candidates without job offer,so, I have to get job offer with LMIA.

    I’ll appreciate that the time which taken to review my letter, also, I will appreciate that if you can serve me to get my goal.

    Best regards,
    Mohamed

  12. jishnu says:

    I am jishnu .I am from kerala. I have two year ITI TRADE certificate. My trade is electronics mechanic ,I have 2 year experience this field . Are I eligible in Canada. Please reply.

  13. PARVINDER SINGH says:

    Respected sir/madam,
    I have passed out my ITI(NCVT) certificate course in Mechanical Refrigeration & Air Condition in August 2010 and I have 8 years Experience in my my trade work.Can i eligible for Federal Skilled Work visa.Plz reply
    Thank You.

  14. NEET says:

    hello
    my self neet i have complete I.T.I in Instrumentation field and also complete one year Apperentance ship in instrument Mechanic and 10 year industrial experience how can i WES my certificates please advice
    thanks

  15. Harjinder singh says:

    Hello sir I’m iti holeder I have 3experience in automobile company how I can apply pr to Canada

  16. Jagdeep singh says:

    I have done act apprentice in electrician trade . I have 8 year work experience. can I get PR for Canada. Pls give me good advice.

  17. Samson kelly says:

    Looking for skill job in canada

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