Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

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Federal Skilled Trades

To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), candidates must have a minimum of two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the last five years. Additionally, candidates may be required to have trade certificates issued by a Canadian province or territory.
Federal Skilled Trades​

Minimum Criteria

To be eligible, you must meet all the minimum requirements for your skilled trades work experience,
job offer or certificate of qualification and language ability
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply
    Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

You must have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or
certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority. This certificate is issued by the provincial or territorial body that governs trades in their province or territory, or a federal authority. To get a certificate, the provincial, territorial or federal authority must assess your training, trade experience and skills to decide if you’re eligible to write a certification exam.

At least CLB/NCLC 4 for Reading and Writing, and CLB/NCLC 5 for Listening and Speaking

Pass the initial screening with a score of 67 points

Before applying, candidates should carefully review the program requirements and ensure they meet the necessary qualifications. Additionally, individuals in skilled trades may also consider seeking employment through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) if a particular province has a demand for their skills.
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Factors that increase your chance to receive Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the Express Entry Program

Through Express Entry, candidates and their family can participate and compete for points to receive an ITA – Invitation to Apply from the Canadian government to immigrate and work in the country.

Working for a company or organization in Canada

A "job offer" that can earn you additional points within the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). If you receive a job offer from a company or organization in Canada, you can gain extra points and increase your likelihood of being invited to participate in the program

Nomination from a province or territory

If you receive a nomination from a province or territory through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), your CRS score will significantly increase, giving you priority in receiving an invitation to join Express Entry

French-Language Advantage

Proficiency in French, in addition to English, is highly valued by Canada. Demonstrating strong French language skills through recognized tests can earn extra points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This boosts your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada

Federal Skilled Trades​

Common Skilled Trades


Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical systems


Plumbers work on water and drainage systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings


Welders join and cut metal parts using various welding techniques


Carpenters construct, renovate, and repair wooden structures and frameworks


Machinists operate machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments

Constuction managers

Construction managers oversee and coordinate construction projects, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget

Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics

These mechanics maintain and repair heavy machinery used in construction, manufacturing, and transportation.

Automotive service technicians

Automotive service technicians diagnose and repair problems in vehicles

Crane Operators

Crane operators operate cranes to lift and move heavy materials

Chefs, cooks, butchers and bakers

prepare and cook a wide variety of foods; package meat products; create and bake a diverse range of bread, pastries, and desserts

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What can we help you?

GTR Worldwide can assist you in increasing your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for Express Entry in several ways:

Profile Assessment

Our RCIC and expert team can evaluate your qualifications, work experience, and personal circumstances to identify areas where you can improve your CRS score.

Language Proficiency

We can provide guidance on improving your language skills in English and/or French, as higher language test scores can significantly boost your CRS points.

Educational credential assessment

We can help you navigate the process of obtaining an ECA for your foreign educational credentials, which can add points to your CRS score.

Secure a Job Offers

We can assist in searching for job in Canada, which can be worth a substantial number of CRS points. We can also help you understand the requirements for a valid job offer, resume preparation and interview coaching.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

We can advise on PNPs and help you prepare for provincial nominations, which can add valuable points to your CRS score.

Claim extra score for family connection

If you have a sibling in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident, we can help you understand how to claim additional points for this family connection

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