The Occupational Standards Center (OSC) is adopting a ‘whole system’ approach for NOS Pack development, which puts the industry/employer at the center of defining the occupational standards. This development process takes a consultative approach, where industry/employer supports the SSU in defining the required performance standards. Throughout the development cycle, the industry/employers are consulted to ensure their “performance standards” requirements are well reflected in the National Occupational Standards.



The different stages of NOS pack development are managed by different actors in the development process like the OSC, SSU management, Committees, employers and other stakeholders. The OSC provides detailed guidelines of the suggested processes and procedures that the SSUs are advised to follow to manage the development, validation, approval and maintenance of NOS packs. These guidelines identify also the roles and responsibilities of the different parties in managing these different processes of NOS Pack development.

Further, the OSC has designed:

  • A specific NOS template which details all the components that need to be captured to develop a NOS as per a job role. All SSUs must adopt this template when developing NOSs, for the occupational Standards to be considered as ‘National’ and be listed in the NOS National registry.
  • A specific QP template which details all the components that need to be captured to develop a QP as per a job role or multiple job roles. All SSUs must adopt this template when developing QPs, for these profiles to be considered as ‘National’ and be listed in the QP National registry.

Further details on the process of NOS development can be found via Volume 1 – Development of Occupational Standards document in theRegulations and Guidelinespage.

Further details on the process of translating the NOS into QP can be found via Volume 2 – Development of Qualification Profile document in theRegulations and Guidelinespage.

You can download the NOS template adopted by the Occupational Standards Center (OSC) document from theRegulations and Guidelinespage.

You can download the QP template adopted by the Occupational Standards Center (OSC) document from theRegulations and Guidelinespage.