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Federal Skilled Trade (FST)

The Federal Skilled Trade(FST) is one of the programs in the Economic Class of the Government of Canada’s program. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements to apply.

  • Have valid job offers of continuous, paid, full-time employment (at least 30 hours a week) from up to two employers in Canada for at least one year OR a certificate of qualification* from a provincial or territorial body.
  • Provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold set by the Minister — Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing.
  • Have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) in the skilled trade in the five years before applying; and
  • Be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

A certificate of qualification proves that a foreign national is qualified to work in a skilled trade occupation in Canada. With a certificate of qualification, applicants prove they have passed a certification exam or met all the requirements to practice their trade in a specific province or territory.

FST candidates may have lower CRS scores than other candidates in the Express Entry pool because they are not required to prove their level of education.