At the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must work in an eligible occupation in Alberta. Occupation requirements also apply to your work experience and job offer.
The occupation you are working in at the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal is your ‘current occupation’
Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AINP.
NOC Code (2016)
NOC Skill Level
School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
Managers in social, community and correctional services
Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
Secondary school teachers
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
Professional occupations in religion
Authors and writers
Musicians and singers
Actors and comedians
Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
Court officers and justices of the peace
Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers
Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)
Other religious occupations
Other performers, not elsewhere classified
Artisans and craftspersons
Real estate agents and salespersons
Home child care providers
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
Other personal service occupations
Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
Trappers and hunters
Other sales related occupations
Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level
Canadian Benchmark (CLB) test score required
Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required
If you are working in a NOC 0, A or B occupation
Minimum of 5 for each English language skill
Minimum of 5 for each French language skill
If you are working in a NOC C or D occupation
Minimum of 4 for each English language skill
Minimum of 4 for each French language skill
Note : If you apply to the AINP under NOC code 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the AINP requires a minimum language test score of CLB of 7 for each English language skill, or NCLC of 7 for each French language skill.
You must have completed a minimum of high school education in your country of origin.
post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
undergraduate bachelor’s degree
graduate level degree
graduate level certificate
graduate level diploma
Eligible work experience
a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or
a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada or abroad within the last 30 months or both – this work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.
Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.
must have been full-time, for a minimum of 30 hours a week
must be for the same occupation as your current occupation
must have been authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and with valid temporary resident status if completed in Alberta or Canada
cannot have been gained while studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of a study program, unless you are a PGWP holder who completed during paid co-op work terms as a part of your program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution. To qualify, the work terms must have been:
paid and full-time (minimum 30 hours per week) for work experience directly related to your current occupation, and for work
All applicants, including PGWP holders, must meet the following licensing, registration and certification requirements:
You must have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta at the time your application is mailed or submitted in the AINP portal and at the time the AINP assesses your application for nomination.
If you are working in a compulsory trade in Alberta, you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate.
If you are working as childcare worker, you must have valid certification as a child development worker (formerly Level 2) or child development supervisor (formerly Level 3).
Eligible job offers
continuous, paid work
full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
employment for 12 months or more
work in your current occupation
wages and benefits that meet provincial minimum wage and:
meet or exceed the requirements set out in your LMIA, or