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About NOS

About National Occupational Standards (NOS)

ConstructionSkills is responsible for the development of national occupational standards for the construction industry.
National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the competences which apply to job roles or occupations in the form of statements of performance, knowledge and the evidence required to confirm competence.
They can be used to:
  • Describe good practice in particular areas of work
  • Set out a statement of competence which bring together the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to do the work
  • Provide managers with a tool for a wide variety of workforce management and quality control
  • Offer a framework for training and development
  • Form the basis of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocationally related qualifications.

Have your say

We are looking to consult and listen to employers and stakeholders about changes to current industry practice to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) and existing qualification structures meet the industries needs. To participate, current practitioners should be experienced in the field being covered and be able to provide the level of detail required to ensure that the Standards (NOS) reflects current industry practice.

Representation from training providers and industry bodies are invited to attend as your continued support is valued and essential.

You can have your say in a number of ways.

By attending a National Working Group meeting in London
By attending a local Practitioner Group meeting
Or go to our website here

If you would like to participate in NOS reviews please send your details to stating what occupational areas from the list below you would be interested in contributing to and a brief description about your expertise in this area.

Full Occupations list
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging
  • Associated Industrial Services Occupations 
  • Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair & Refurbishment Operations
  • Carving Occupations
  • Chimney Engineering
  • Cladding Occupations 
  • Construction Diving Operations 
  • Construction and Civil Engineering Operations 
  • Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance
  • Construction Site Management
  • Construction Site Supervision
  • Construction Using Off-site Manufactured Assemblies
  • Controlling Lifting Operations
  • Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations
  • Demolition
  • External Render
  • Fitted Interiors
  • Floorcovering Occupations 
  • Formwork Occupations
  • Heritage Skills 
  • Insulation and Building Treatments
  • Interior Systems 
  • Mastic Asphalt
  • Metal decking and Stud welding Operations
  • Occupational Work Supervision
  • Piling Operations
  • Plant Installations
  • Plant Operations
  • Plastering
  • Post Tensioning Operations
  • Refractory Installations
  • Removal of Hazardous and Non-hazardous Waste 
  • Roadbuilding and Maintenance
  • Roofing Occupations
  • Senior Crafts
  • Site Logistic Operations 
  • Specialist Concrete Occupations 
  • Specialist Installation Occupations
  • Steelfixing Occupations
  • Stonemasonry 
  • Sub-structure Work Occupations
  • Super-structure Work Occupations
  • Supervising Hire and Rental Operations (Plant Equipment and Tools)
  • Temporary Traffic Management
  • Testing, Inspecting and thorough Examination Occupations
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Trowel Occupations
  • Tunnelling Operations 
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Waterproof Membrane Roofing Systems
  • Winter Services
  • Woodmachining (Construction/Sawmilling Extrusion)
  • Wood Occupations
  • Wood Preserving – Industrial Pre-treatment