National Occupational Standards (NOS)

National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe best practice by bringing together skills, knowledge and values. They are valuable tools as benchmarks for qualifications as well as for defining roles at work, staff recruitment, supervision and appraisal.


Ofqual are the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

They are responsible for making sure that:

  • Regulated qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding students have demonstrated.

  • Assessments and exams show what a student has achieved.

  • People have confidence in the qualifications that we regulate.

  • Students and teachers have information on the full range of qualifications that we regulate.

Awarding Bodies

Awarding bodies develop and provide qualifications (to sell) to training centres. Most awarding bodies are regulated by Ofqual but this is not a legal requirement, an awarding body does not have to be Ofqual registered.

Awarding bodies will undergo stringent Ofqual visits to ensure standards are kept high with the training centres which they provide qualifications to. These stringent visits are then replicated by the awarding body to their training centres through external verifier visits where all centres policies, procedures, assessments and internal verification is scrutinised. Centre's are then graded after each visit with improvement recommendations to be made which the centre must adhere to.

Awarding bodies have large minimum order requirements per academic year for centres which can make it near impossible for the smaller start up centres wishing to supply quality training. If a centre doesn’t meet the minimum order requirements, the centre will be billed for the remainder. The fees tend to cover; learner registration, certification and any e-learning/course manuals. Innovate Awarding who had a low minimum order fee of £300 increased this in 2020 to £1,000 making it impossible for small start-up centres to achieve.

Where We Come in

We are not regulated by Ofqual, so this reduces any red tape and stringent external verification visits. We don't charge you continuous and ridiculous yearly fees or minimum orders to have to reach. We allow and support you to either provide CPD courses, or courses that are 'inline' with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set for the qualifications within the Health and Wellbeing sector.

If your course has accreditation from us, your learners can have confidence that your training centre has all the policies and procedures set in place, your staff are appropriately qualified and that your qualification has been stringently checked by educational experts with vast experience of working in the education sector.

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Creating a NOS Course

If you are wanting to create your own course in line with NOS then you will need to ensure the following:

  • The qualification you provide follows the NOS criteria. You must send us a copy of this, you can find it from most awarding body websites that supply the qualification.

  • You map the learning materials i.e. course workbooks etc to that of the NOS criteria and show evidence of this.

  • You show evidence of learning materials i.e. manuals, e-learning etc.

  • Staff involved are appropriately qualified; assessors and an internal verifier.

  • Show evidence of your learner assessment documents i.e. practical assessment criteria documents that are in line with NOS and any theory exam materials.

*Note - sometimes with NOS courses we don’t always agree on some assessment's, if you feel strongly about making changes for a NOS course, just explain your reasons for this or any other changes and why you think it would make them better for the learners or yourselves.

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