"The NOC 2021 revision will overhaul the "Skill Level" structure by introducing a new categorization representing the degree of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) required for an occupation"
New 2021 classification's numbering system will be significantly modified as part of a major structural revision. Scheduled to be released in early 2022.
Every 10 years, the National Occupational Classification [NOC] undergoes a major structural revision whereby the existing occupational groups are reviewed alongside input collected from many relevant stakeholders through consultation
The current NOC structure (NOC 2016) is categorized based on two major attributes of jobs, the "Broad Occupational Category" and the "Skill Level", as classification criteria. The former is defined as the type of work performed, with respect to the educational discipline or field of study for entry into an occupation and the industry of employment (e.g. health occupations or sales and service occupations). The "Skill Level" categorization is defined first by the amount and type of education and training usually required to enter and perform the duties of an occupation, but also considers experience, complexity and responsibilities
During consultation, it was suggested to add a new "Skill Level" to the current categorization, to clarify the distinction in formal training or education actually required among unit groups, especially in the current "Skill Level B", which has a wide range of formal training or educational requirements.
Another observation during the revision process was the use of the "Skill Level" categorization in the NOC as possibly being misleading because training and education, which are the main building blocks of the NOC's "Skill Level" categorization, are not considered as "skills" in the labour market. With regards to skills, many countries and organizations are currently developing their own skills taxonomy (which include concepts such as numeracy and literacy). Therefore, it was deemed appropriate for the NOC to move away from the "Skill Level" categorization.
The NOC 2021 revision will overhaul the "Skill Level" structure by introducing a new categorization representing the degree of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) required for an occupation.
The new "TEER" categorization redefines the requirements of the occupation by reconsidering the type of education, training and experience required for entry, as well as the complexities and responsibilities typical of an occupation. In general, the greater the range and complexity of occupational tasks, the greater the amount of formal education and training, previous experience, on-the-job training, and in some instances responsibility, required to competently perform the set of tasks for that occupation.
These changes significantly improve how the NOC classification takes into account the distinctions in formal training and educational requirements and better reflects skill and knowledge development occurring through on-the-job experience.
Exhibits below makes it easier to understand 2016 v/s 2021