Job requirements Computer Programmer in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a computer programmer in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 21230).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma program in computer science, computer engineering or in another discipline with a significant programming component
  • Specialization in programming for engineering and scientific applications requires specific post-secondary study or experience.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.


Job title Computer Numerical Control Programmer
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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