Job requirements Retail Salesperson in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a retail salesperson in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Retail salespersons (NOC 6421).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • A university degree or college diploma may be required by some employers.
  • Specific subject matter courses or training may be required.
  • Demonstrated sales ability and product knowledge are usually required for retail salespersons who sell complex or valuable merchandise, such as automobiles, antiques or computers.

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 in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
British Columbia Motor Vehicle Salesperson Regulated Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia
Ontario Hardware Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Lumber And Building Materials Retailer Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Motor Vehicle Saleperson Regulated Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council
Québec Bookseller Regulated Emploi Québec

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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