National Occupational Standards and the Ports Industry

What are National Occupational Standards?

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding.

  • NOS are National because they can be used in every part of the UK where the functions are carried out.
  • NOS are Occupational because they describe the performance required of an individual when carrying out functions in the workplace, i.e. in their occupation (as a plumber, police officer, production engineer etc).
  • NOS are Standards because they are statements of effective performance which have been agreed by a representative sample of employers and other key stakeholders and approved by the UK NOS Panel.


Port Specific National Occupational Standards

There are five NOS that have been designed specifically for port roles.  We are the developers and custodians of these NOS

Port National Occupational Standards

Port Operations NOS

Supervision of Port Operations NOS

Harbour Master NOS

Marine Pilot NOS

Vessel Traffic Services NOS

Search for other National Occupational Standards here.​​​​​​