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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.

The suites under review in 2019 to 2020 are listed below. Click on the headings to see supplementary documents. These are updated through the year with each stage of the review.

Join this year's review on the subjects listed below through our online consultation hub.

You can review the current standards for the following areas as part of an ongoing review. CITB has created development packs for each area as follows:

Fall arrest (PDF 387KB)

Lightning protection (PDF 663KB)

Safety net rigging and suspended access (PDF 679KB)

Scaffolding and offshore scaffolding (PDF 808KB)

Steeplejacking (PDF 685KB)

You can review the current standards in this area as part of an ongoing review. CITB has created a development pack for the suite:

Construction senior management (PDF 1.2MB)

You can review the current standards in this area as part of an ongoing review. CITB has created a development pack for the suite:

Controlling lifting operations (PDF 387KB)

You can review the current standards in this area as part of an ongoing review. CITB has created a development pack for the suite: 

Demolition development pack (PDF 486KB)

Standard developers have consulted with expert steering groups and so far, industry would like to propose a change to the structure of Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. Documents with details of those meetings are described below.

V1Progress report Demolition 230919 (PDF 204KB)

V2Dev Pack for Demolition 230919 (PDF, 547KB)

01 Demolition Notes and Actions v2 230919 (PDF, 204KB)

You can review the current standards in this area as part of an ongoing review. CITB has created a development pack for the suite:

Geomatics and site surveying (PDF 314 KB)

 

You can review the current standards in this area as part of an ongoing review. CITB has created a development pack for the suite:

Insulation and building treatments (PDF 816KB)

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