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National Occupational Standards (NOS)

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National Occupational Standards (NOS) are the basis of training in hair, beauty, nails and spa and form the backbone of programmes such as NVQs, SVQs and Apprenticeships as well as Codes of Practice. They are frameworks that describe what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function in a particular industry.

They are statements of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for effective performance in a job role and are expressed as outcomes of competent performance.

In other words, they define good practice in the performance of individuals in the workplace based on the functions they perform; they can be regarded as the benchmark of competence required in the sector and form the key component of many qualifications. NOS are public documents and can be of immense value to individuals, employers and education and training providers. NOS specify the standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively.

Structure of the standards

NOS are produced as a suite of units for each occupational area. Each ‘unit’ describes an area of work with the activities normally separated out into ‘elements’ with associated performance statements. These statements are detailed descriptions of the activities which represent effective performance of the tasks within the unit, a range of situations or circumstances and ‘knowledge’, the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed to effectively carry out tasks and responsibilities within the particular job role or function.

Who can use National Occupational Standards?

NOS are designed as a resource for individuals and organisations to use to improve their capacity and capability and can be used to help define job roles, measure staff performance and identify and develop routes for progression and professional development. Below are some examples of how both individuals and organisations can use NOS:

Individuals can use NOS to: Organisations can use NOS to:
Develop their self-confidence and enhance their personal effectiveness Identify and plan personnel requirements
Provide a means for determining gaps in knowledge, experience and skills Design and implement recruitment and selection processes
Offer an objective process for identifying training needs Develop job descriptions and person specifications for staff and volunteers
Ensure best practice Design, deliver and evaluate training
Support their professional development Use common standards of performance and quality in partnerships with other organisations and agencies
Open up a wider range of career opportunities Demonstrate the competence of the organisation when applying for funding or tendering for projects
Help to transfer their competence to other work situations. Plan appropriate development and training

To view the latest National Occupational Standards (NOS) please visit the National Occupational website and use their search function.

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