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CC Publish Updated Occupational Standards online

Posted: 14th September 2006

CIC has completed the 2005-6 updating of the higher level Occupational Standards for the Built Environment and has published them on the web i n order to provide the optimum access for potential users. They can be found at

CIC manages the Framework of Occupational Standards covering the Professional Managerial and Technical occupations in the built environment, on behalf of Constructionskills and other related Sector Skills Councils. The Framework has been developed over the past 16 years and covers all of its main disciplines (including planning, transportation, design, building and civil engineering, building services engineering, property etc.).

The latest review has incorporated feedback and input from sector practitioners and experts on changing practice that impacts on individual competence. Changes include a wide variety of detailed updates that reflect different sector occupational roles and also best practice in relation to issues such as sustainability, energy use and lean construction.

The Occupational Standards represent a benchmark of industry-specified best practice of competent performance and underpinning knowledge and understanding. They are designed to improve the performance of Industry, by enhancing the performance of people in the workplace and by helping to inform training and vocational education about contemporary industry needs. They provide a powerful multi-purpose tool for industry employers, individuals, professional institutions, learning and training providers, as well as being a potential strategic planning tool.

There is a long term strategy to introduce Occupational Standards into the life of the industry so that value is added by enabling the industry to use the Occupational Standards as a ‘common currency’. This will provide a mechanism for forging progression links between academic, vocational and professional qualification systems, as well as providing individuals, employers and the industry at large with tools for developing and measuring the performance of people and enabling the industry to use the Occupational Standards as a ‘common currency’.
Users accessing the Occupational Standards on the web will have free access to:
• view the entire Occupational Standards map at any level
• operate search facilities to find and group particular Occupational Standards in which they have an interest;
• print off copies of all screen-viewed information.