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

39 Responses to Skilled Trades Program

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  2. DEAR SIR/MADAM.
    MY NAME IS GURPREET SINGH AND I AM MECHANICAL DIPLOMA ENGINEER AND I HAVE FIVE YEARS EXP. IN AUTOMOBILE SECTOR. AND I HAVE 5 BANDS IN ILETS (GENERAL).
    CAN I APLLY NOW PR FROM INDIA .PLZ GUIDE TO ME.
    THANKS
    GURPREET SINGH

    • harinder singh says:

      DEAR SIR/MADAM.
      MY NAME IS Harinder SINGH AND I have done welder iti from govt itiAND I HAVE Three YEARS EXP. AND I HAVE 5 BANDS IN ILETS (GENERAL).
      CAN I APLLY NOW PR FROM INDIA .PLZ GUIDE TO ME.
      THANKS
      Harinder SINGH

    • eldho says:

      can i get ur mobile number

  3. yogesh Patel says:

    my IELTS result is R 5 W 5 S 4.5 .L 5 G T. CAN I APPLY FOR FSTP ?

  4. manu Handa says:

    DEAR SIR/MADAM.
    MY NAME IS MANU HANDA.
    AND I AM GRADUATE AND HAVE 4+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.
    I GOT 5.5 OVERALL BANDS IN ILETS (ACADEMIC).
    L – 5.0
    S- 6.0
    R- 4.5
    W – 5.5
    CAN I APLLY NOW PR FROM INDIA .PLZ GUIDE TO ME.
    THANKS
    Manu handa

  5. Parmjit Doal says:

    Hi, I am a UK National Citizen who is a qualified Electrician, I am interested in immigrating to Canada as a P.R to work as a Electrician under The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)◾7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system) or ◾7242 Industrial electricians. I have a letter dated November 26,2013 from the government of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, who have assessed my qualifications and work experience in the trade which permits me to work under the supervision of a qualified journeyman while I challenge the exams to gain trade certification. I can also provide a letter of two years experience in my chosen profession from a previous Employer which is dated from the last five years. I have also achieved the required marks in the IELTS (General Training), the results were as follows: Listening- 7.0, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 8.0, the results were achieved on 27th April 2013.I am currently in Edmonton Alberta visiting relations on my 3rd visit. I am currently in receipt of a written job offer. I also have sufficient financial funds of over $200 Canadian Dollars to support myself. Please can you tell me what my options are.

  6. Amandeep singh says:

    Hi sir/madam I did b.tech in electrical and have a 1year job experience. I got band L 6,W 5.5,,S 5, R 4.5.i want to know that can I apply for canadian pr in fstp… ragads aman

  7. sukhvir singh brar says:

    hi..i done three yr diploma in electrical engg.from govt.college after matric class .i have two yr work experience .ielts 5band..also i have blood relation in winnipeg plz tell me can i apply for winnipeg on fstp ….thanks…..

  8. jamil says:

    hi I did the ielts test and I got 4.5 LISTENING 4.0 READING 4.5 WRITING 5.0 SPEAKING I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN APPLY FOR PR ON THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM OR NO THANK U

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      Please see the information under Federal Skilled Trades Program for minimum language requirement. Also note that there are other criteria to apply for FSTP.

  9. olyinka says:

    can u get a job offer for someone outside canada as a welder?

  10. sandeep singh says:

    Dear sir/Madam

    My self Sandeep Singh from punjab.I have done ITI in welding(2007).I have 7 year experience in this field. Now i get 6.5 band in ielts L-7,R-7,S-6,W-5.5.I want to know that i eligible for express entry or FSTP.Please guide to me .I will wait your reply.

    Thanks

    • Rajesh says:

      Sandeep sir
      Can you plzz help me
      I am Rajesh currently working as a fish packer in Canada with W1 visa
Under which program do I apply to get PR in Canada
either federal_skilled_worker_program or
      federal-skilled-trades-program
      Thank you sir
      Please can you help me ?

  11. ramsinh gadhavi says:

    Respected sir
    I am welder and i have 15 years experience i have AIT letter for Qualification certificate programme by AIT alberta this letter expire date is 18/june/2015
    but i have no welder LMIA so how i can achieve (pass) this Exam withot come to canada,can I apply for workpermit withot LMIA and
    can i apply in express Entry withot LMIA
    Now i am 34 years old
    pls guide me I will wait your reply
    Thanks for your co-operate
    have a nice day
    From
    Ramsinh Gadhavi

  12. KARTIK SHAH says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am Mechanical engineer and I cannot find the same in field of studies in Express Entry profile.What should I enter.It shows Science(applied),Science(General),others etc.Also for compete academic years should we enter the total years of studies including the school or should we enter only the years of college(engineering)??.

  13. Prince says:

    Dear sir or mam
    I am welder and 3year exprience .ihave ilets 6band . Can i aply in express entry.pls guide me.

  14. Alvin Alex Mathew says:

    I wish to know whether I will be eligible to apply for PR if I get an offer of employment for a job not related to my educational qualification..

  15. ola says:

    Pls am 44yrs ad am an autocad technician wit over 15yrs experience my score is 5 in speaking writing ad listening ad 5,5 in Reading. I av a 2 yrs diploma in civil engineering. Pls what are my chances of been eligible

  16. sinu s vijayan says:

    Hi ,I have 6.5(only 5 in reading) band score can I apply for the trades programme (FSTP)?

  17. jayamurthy says:

    i am an electrician NOC 7241, and i have more than 15 years experience in all electrical feild, i am 50 years old , i got an IELTS SCORE IS L 4.5, R 4, W 4.5, S 4.5, CAN I APPLY TO FST PROGRAMME IN CANADA EXPRESS ENTRY

  18. Prince says:

    dear sir or mam
    I am welder and i have 6 band in ielts can i aply for canada please guide me

  19. Ankit R Bhatt says:

    sir/madam I am iti electrician , I have 12 years experience, I want applay for federal skild program. can you possible give me some advice. and how many Score ielts need. Thanks

  20. manvir singh says:

    hello man/sir
    my name is manvir Singh Mann ..I am weldor….I done my Ielts resently …I got 5 band overall..I want to apply for PR canada from india …plz suggest me .what should I do …..

  21. Hello sir /mam
    I have done ITI welder diploma from govt recognised institution and also have 1 yr experience in Pvt Ltd firm .i scored 6 bands overall.plz tell me how should I apply for canada PR .please contact me

  22. Maha says:

    I hav done bachelors and I want to apply express entry what ielts scoure required

  23. Jose says:

    I am an electrician with 12 yrs experience.My native country is India,Living and working in Saudi Arabia.How i can migrate canada through Federal trade program.
    Any body can help .

    Thanks all

  24. Kazi mainuddin says:

    Sir /madam
    I have 12 years experience in piping fabrication and welding job . How i can migrate canada through Federal trade program.
    Any body can help .

    Thanks all

  25. Muslem bablu says:

    I am as a welder and 21 years of experience from Singapore Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. my date of birth is 26-01-1966 and qualification secondary school pass 1983.can i able to apply express entry program.
    thank you

  26. harjit kaur says:

    i got 5 band S.5 W5.5 R 4 AND L 5
    i have done iti in beautician field nd i have 4 years experience
    can i apply

  27. Sukhchain singh says:

    I have three year electrical diploma+ welder iti+ 3 year experience and 5 band score

  28. Geeta says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am a hairstylist and i have 1 year experience.

    I got’it score in IELTS L-7.5, W-6, R-5.5, S-5.

    please suggest me. i am applicable for PR visa.

  29. harinder singh says:

    I have completed welder iti from Govt iti and have 5 year experience .in ielts overall band 5.5 L = 5.5 R = 5.5 W = 5.0 S = 5.0. Can I apply canada

  30. Nadia Ivanov says:

    How can i come to Canada as a nanny or entertaer?

  31. 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.

  32. 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

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