Should experience be field of Area of training to get points under CSQ for Quebec


A lot of times this question is raised and a lot of people are misguided into believing that the Area of work must be in line with Area of Training.I reproduce relevant portions of two policy publication by the Government of Quebec:

Changes to document requirements regarding the “Professional experience” criteria – Regular Skilled Worker Program

November 25, 2015 – The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion has modified its rules regarding document requirements for applicants in the Regular Skilled Worker Program. From now on, applicants are no longer required to systematically provide proof of the legality of their professional experience (e.g., proof of social contributions or income tax assessment). However, they may be asked for this proof at any time during the processing of their file.

In addition, note that the “Professional experience” criteria will continue to be evaluated based on the same criteria as before. The work experience of skilled worker applicants must have been acquired:

  • during the five years preceding the date of submission of the application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec;
  • in an occupation with a competency level above “D” according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC); 
  • legally in the country or territory concerned.

Changes to the selection process for economic immigrants

January 5, 2016 – Changes have been made to two selection criteria and the interchange of applications under the Regular Skilled Worker Program and for business immigrants. Interchange refers to the Ministère’s ability to switch between the applicant and his or her spouse to determine who will be the principal applicant.

The first criterion changed is that of “Area of training.” This change ends the requirement by the Ministere for recent work experience related to the area of training for diplomas obtained more than five years ago.

From now on, applicants will receive points for their diplomas regardless of when they were earned, provided that they were obtained before the application was submitted.


The second criterion changed is that of “Level of education.” This change will allow applicants to obtain points for this criterion provided that they obtained their diploma before their application was submitted.


It is clear from the above publications that the Nature of Work experience is independent of Area of training.

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