A National Occupational Standard (NOS) is a document that describes the knowledge, skills and understanding an individual needs to be competent at a job.

How NOS are used

NOS can be used in many different ways. Awarding Bodies can create qualifications to train individuals for a job. These qualifications can then be used in an Apprenticeship Framework or a training programme.

Employers can create a job description to recruit new staff or a training plan to develop their skills. Also, individuals can research different types of jobs and match their skills/experience to those that are needed.

UK Standards database

All of the completed and approved NOS are kept on a database – UK Standards. This is accessible to everyone across the UK and allows people to search for standards across a broad range of job roles and industries.

To ensure NOS are up to date and fit for purpose, they are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the needs of industry and new NOS are also commissioned to reflect new and changing industries. A key part of the process for updating and creating NOS is consultation with employers and stakeholders across the UK. This is a chance for you to contribute your views and experiences and influence the future of standards.

For further information on National Occupational Standards in Northern Ireland, email: NOS.Reviews@economy-ni.gov.uk


An infographic summarising NOS achievements in 2021/2022 has been published:


Throughout the year Delivery Partners will be reviewing existing NOS and developing new NOS across a range of sectors. A vital part of this review and development work is seeking feedback from stakeholders.

Feedback is needed from across a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that NOS are up-to-date and fit for purpose and meet the needs of individual sectors. This includes employers, industry experts, training providers, further and higher education and other relevant stakeholders in Northern Ireland.

For anyone interested in contributing to the development of National Occupational Standards, live consultation events will be shared via our social media pages:

ScreenSkills NOS Review

ScreenSkills aims to develop skills and talent in the UK screen industry such as film, television, VFX (visual effects), animation and games. 

As part of a commitment to continuous improvement, ScreenSkills is carrying out a review of Set Crafts NOS and is now running an additional consultation to confirm adoption of the Construction NOS. This covers some aspects of Set Crafts roles and keeps Set Crafts NOS for the specialist areas not sufficiently covered by the generic Construction NOS.

How to get involved

The link to the additional consultation is:

If you would like to take part in the review of the NOS or if you require any further information, please contact the ScreenSkills team using the following email: Krisztina.Biliczky@screenskills.com

Cyber Security National Occupational Standards (NOS) Review

ODAG Consultants Ltd is currently reviewing additional cyber security National Occupational Standards (NOS) for penetration testing, cryptography, threat hunting and operating system hardening.

How to get involved 

You can review the new draft standards and access the consultation via the following link:


This consultation closes 5.00 pm Wednesday 10 March 2023.

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