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Work Experience and Field of Education

Does my work experience have to be in line with my education

There have been a few posts/messages enquiring about the fact that their line of study/qualifications does not match their work experience. On many occasions, this requirement of education qualification is also mentioned under employment requirement in the NOC code.
In order to claim and validate your work experience points, Please make sure that your employment reference letter covers the Lead statement of the NOC and the majority of the main duties mentioned on the NOC description page.
The NOC website and its contents are used by several organizations within Canada and ICCRC are just one of them. The employment requirements from NOC website are more of a guidance to Canadian employers. This should not impact your Work experience points for EE application if you follow ICCRC requirements for proof of work experience. If your selected NOC falls within the required NOC 0, A or B skilltype and your responsibilities are supported by a valid letter from employer then you can use this job to claim points for work experience. .
To clarify this doubt, please refer to the below link and the description under it::

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by CIC staff.
“Minimum work experience requirement….
……the applicant must have
performed the actions described in the lead statement for the occupation as set out in the occupational description of the NOC [R75(2)(b)]; and
performed a substantial number of the main duties, including all of the essential duties, of the occupation as set out in the occupational description of the NOC [R75(2)(c)].

Note: The applicant does not need to demonstrate that they meet the “employment requirements” listed in the NOC occupational description.”

The long and short of this = When applying under EE your work experience need not be in the same line of your study or may not be in the same field of your education.
However certain PNP programs like SINP have this requirement that work experience MUST be in line with the field of education and they may outright decline an application if this minimum eligibility criteria is not met.. So if you are applying under PNP, do ensure to check the program details and criteria.