The NOC classifies occupations on the criteria of Skill Type and Skill Level.
The first digit of the NOC code identifies the Skill Type of an occupation which indicates the broad area of work. For example, Health Occupations start with the digit 3. Management Occupations, which are found across all Skill Types, from 1 through 9, start with the digit 0.
The NOC classifies occupations on one of four broad skill levels identified as A through D. These levels correspond to the kind and/or amount of training or education required for entering an occupation. Please see the NOC Introduction of 2011
for further details.
Occupations in Skill Types 1 through to 9 are classified under Skill Levels A, B, C or D. The second digit of the NOC code represents the level as follows: A = 0 and 1, B = 2 and 3, C = 4 and 5, and D = 6 and 7. Management occupations, which span all Skill Types, are included in Skill Level A as shown in the NOC Matrix
Skill Level A represents occupations usually requiring university education. Skill Level B refers to occupations usually requiring college education or apprenticeship training. Skill Level C occupations generally require completion of secondary school and some job-specific training or completion of courses directly related to the work. Skill Level D occupations usually require some secondary school, on-the-job training, short demonstration sessions or instruction that takes place in the work environment.