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National Occupational Standards (NOS) approved by UKCES

Posted: 26th November 2014

We are pleased to announce that the NOS for Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

Working in partnership with industry

CIC would like to thank all those who took part in the working groups and the consultation process. Your participation and involvement has ensured that the national occupational standards (NOS) are fit for purpose and reflect changing industry practices.

Built Environment Design Consultancy Practice

These National Occupational Standards (NOS) are concerned with directing design practice and making strategic decisions when leading and managing. They serve a wide range of design disciplines, including civil & structural design, building surveying, architectural technology and architecture. They apply to designers who work on new build, alterations, repairs, and refurbishment and conservation projects.

CIAT Chair of Education Board, Sam Allwinkle said “CIAT has been committed and involved in the development of these National Occupational Standards which will be used to inform post professional level qualifications in recognition of the high level of knowledge and skills that are required to lead and manage design and consultancy practice. CIAT encourages professional diversity of Chartered Architectural Technologists and the achievement of the NVQ/SVQ qualification would be recognised within the CIAT Professional Standards Framework and as assessed evidence for CIAT Membership.”

CIOB Head of Education, Rosalind Thorpe said, “the CIOB welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the important work of reviewing and developing the national occupational standards. These standards underpin the National Vocational Qualifications, Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management and Built Environment Design & Consultancy Practice. Both these qualifications provide an accelerated route to full-chartered membership of the CIOB. The new National Occupational Standards will ensure that these vocational qualifications meet the needs of employers and professional bodies.”

Head of Education Policy, Andrew Stanley said “ICE is pleased to have been involved in developing these National Occupational Standards . They provide a much needed route for those already in design consultancy companies who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to higher levels. The skills and competences involved in completing the NVQ/SVQ qualifications will be invaluable in preparing for professional qualification with ICE.”

The NOS are available to view on the UKCES website here

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