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  NOC 5251 – Athletes

To apply under NOC-5251 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Athletes.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Athletes perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Train under the direction of a coach or trainer to qualify for competition
  • Attend scheduled practice and training sessions
  • Participate in local, regional, provincial, national or international competitions and sporting events
  • Assess performance after an event to identify strengths and weaknesses.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Athletes. 

NOC 5251 – Athletes: example titles.

  • amateur athlete
  • archer
  • athlete
  • automobile racer
  • badminton player
  • baseball player
  • basketball player
  • billiard player
  • bowler
  • boxer
  • canoeist
  • chess player
  • chuckwagon driver
  • chuckwagon racer – stampede
  • competitor – chess
  • coxswain
  • curler
  • cyclist
  • demolition driver
  • discus thrower
  • diver, olympic sport
  • driver, chuckwagon
  • driver, demolition
  • driver, harness race
  • driver, harness racing
  • driver, race car
  • driver, sulky
  • fencer
  • figure skater
  • football player
  • footballer
  • golf player
  • golfer
  • gymnast
  • hammer thrower
  • handball player
  • harness race driver
  • harness racing driver
  • helmsman – sports
  • hockey player
  • javelin thrower
  • jockey
  • judoka
  • jumper
  • pentathlete
  • performer, rodeo
  • performer, stampede
  • ping-pong player
  • poker player
  • prize fighter
  • professional athlete
  • professional boxer
  • professional pool player
  • professional sportsman/woman
  • race car driver
  • racer, automobile
  • racer, stampede
  • racer, stock car
  • rider
  • rodeo performer
  • rower
  • sailboarder
  • short-distance runner
  • shot put
  • skater
  • skier
  • snowboarder
  • soccer player
  • sprinter
  • stampede performer
  • stampede racer
  • standardbred pacer
  • stock car racer
  • sulky driver
  • swimmer
  • table tennis player
  • tennis player
  • track athlete
  • volleyball player
  • water-polo player
  • weight-lifter
  • wrestler

Employment Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability in a particular sport, or type of game, is required.
  • Extensive training under the supervision of a coach is required.
  • Certification with a particular sports federation may be required.
  • A background combining athletic training and college or university studies is strongly recommended.


  • Coaches (5252)
  • Sports instructors (in 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness)
  • Sports officials and referees (5253)

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