National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) provide benchmarks for competent performance. The content is led by demand and based on evidence from industry. The NOS underpin vocational training, apprenticeships and qualifications across the UK, in all sectors and occupations. CITB develops and maintains these standards for the construction industry.

See a list of the occupational areas that CITB works on

You can use these National Occupational Standards to:

  • describe good practice in particular areas of work
  • set out a statement of competence
  • provide resource for a variety of workforce management and quality control tools
  • offer a framework for training and development.

The standards are compiled in 'suites' under occupational areas and can be viewed individually on the National Occupational Standards database.

Off-the-job training

To pass an NVQ or unit for qualification successfully, learners have to provide work-based evidence of their ability. For a limited number of additional items in a unit, it is possible to show their skills in a simulated environment (off-the-job) - although this must be conducted according to assessment regulations.

See the current list of units it's possible to complete in an off-the-job environment (PDF 187KB)

Standards under review

The National Occupational Standards are frequently reviewed, adapted and updated to meet the needs of industry. CITB co-ordinates all the project reviews for construction occupations and encourages your input.

See details of the suites under review 2018-2019

The national occupational standards (NOS) contained within this suite relate to Water jetting, Façade (maintenance) preservation, Passive fire protection, Damage repair and Resurfacing.

Industry has identified the need to carry out a full review of NOS in the areas below.

Water jetting - progress report (PDF 65KB)

Development pack for Water jetting (PDF 523KB)

Facade preservation progress report (PDF  66KB)

Development pack for Facade preservation  (PDF 506KB)

Damage repair and resurfacing - view progress report (PDF 14KB)

Development pack for Damage repair and resurfacing (PDF 610KB)

If you have a suggestion for standards to be reviewed, complete our Have your say form and the standards team will get back to you.

The national occupations standards (NOS) contained within this suite relate to site management of the following occupational areas: Building and Civil engineering, Highways maintenance and repair, Residential development, Conservation and Demolition.

Industry has identified the need to carry out a full review of NOS in the following areas.

Review for Construction Site Management, and Contruction Site Supervision NOS 06/11/18 progress report (PDF 150KB)

Second development pack for Construction Site Management (PDF 925KB)

The national occupational standards (NOS) contained in this suite relate to site supervision of the following occupational areas: Building and Civil engineering, Highways maintenance and repair, Residential development, Conservation, Demolition and Tunnelling.

Industry has identified the need to carry out a full review of their occupations’ NOS.

Review of Construction Site Supervision, and Construction Site Management NOS progress report (PDF 150KB)

Third development pack for Construction Site Supervision (PDF 1MB)

The national occupational standards (NOS) contained in this suite relate to Painter, Painter and decorator, Industrial painter and Painting and decorating occupations.

Industry has identified the need to carry out a full review of these NOS.

Project review of Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations NOS - view progress report (PDF 147KB)

Third development pack for Decorative finishing (PDF 886KB)

Industry would like to propose a change to the structure of Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications.

Progress report for revision to Demolition qualifications level 2 and 3 (PDF 13KB)

This suite contains national occupational standards (NOS) for the occupational area of Wall and floor tiling and Heritage wall and floor tiling.

industry has identified the need to carry out a full review of these NOS.

Review of NOS for this suite 12/11/18 progress report (PDF 17KB)

Development pack for Wall and floor tiling (PDF 744KB)

This suite contains national occupational standards (NOS) on: Site carpentry, Architectural joinery, Structural post and beam carpentry, Light structural timber framing, Timber frame erection, Timber decks and cladding,  Heritage site carpentry, Heritage architectural joinery and Heritage structural post and beam carpentry and Pre-assembled roof structures.

Industry has identified the need to carry out a full review of these NOS.

Project Review of NOS for Wood Occupations v7 11131218 progress report (PDF 154KB)

Notes and actions for Wood occupations, fourth and fifth meeting 2018 (PDF 362KB)

Development pack for all NOS Wood occupations 2018 (PDF 1MB)

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