Education Points Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Last updated: 14 March 2023

Education is one of the factors for which points are awarded under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).  

Education points are awarded based on an assessment of the applicant's educational credentials. For any foreign-obtained credentials, this assessment will include a determination of the equivalent to that credential if it were obtained in Canada.

Up to 25 points will be awarded to the applicant under the Education Factor on the following basis:

Level of Education
Points (25 max)
Doctoral (PhD) level 
25 points
Master's level or professional degree. Occupation related to the degree must be:
  • NOC TEER category 1, and
  • licensed by a provincial regulatory body

Also, Degree program must be in one of the following academic disciplines: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.

23 points
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential
22 points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential
21 points
Two-year post-secondary credential
19 points
One-year post-secondary credential
15 points
Secondary school/high school diploma
5 points

To obtain education factor points for a foreign credential, it is important to demonstrate that a foreign credential is equal to a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian educational institution. Therefore, FSWP candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for their foreign education to receive education points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Learn more about the FSWP's selection factors

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