Quebec Immigration – Level of Education

Education Level is one of the criterions for judging the candidate in the points calculator under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) in the Quebec immigration selection system. This is a category under the Training factor that contains a maximum of 26 points. Level of Education helps the candidate obtain a maximum of 14 points and the other 12 points are scored based on the candidate’s Area of Training.

Under this sub-head, candidates applying through the Quebec Skilled Workers program must possess certain educational qualifications to be able to avail points. This factor has a cut off score of 2 points, which makes it mandatory for the applicant to own a secondary school general diploma at least to be able to apply for the Quebec Selected skilled worker program. In addition, the degree should have been attained at least five years before applying for the Quebec Skilled Worker program. Else the candidate should have direct work experience in a field related to their degree for 12 months or more, and the work experience should be attained five years prior to submitting their application.

Level of EducationPoints
Secondary school general diploma2
Secondary school vocational diploma6
Postsecondary school general diploma attesting to 2 years of full-time studies4
Postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 1–2 years of full-time studies6
Postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 1 or 2 years of full-time studies in addition to an 'Area of Training' worth 12 or 16 points10
Postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 3 years of full-time studies8
Postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 3 years of full-time studies in addition to an 'Area of Training' worth 12 or 16 points10
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 1 or more years of full-time studies4
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 2 or more years of full-time studies6
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 3 or more years of full-time studies10
Master's Degree12
Doctorate14
Maximum14 points


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