National Occupational Standards

Clear, objective benchmarks of the skills and knowledge required for workers to perform in a particular occupation.

Overview

National Occupational Standards (NOS) list the skills and competencies of a fully experienced worker. They establish clear, objective benchmarks of the skills and knowledge required for workers to perform in a particular occupation.

MiHR develops and maintains the suite of NOS for the Canadian mining sector. The development and maintenance of each NOS is led by a stakeholder committee called the National Occupational Standard Development Committee (NOSDC) which is made up of subject-matter experts from various groups across Canada, including industry, labour, and education. NOS development committees undertake a regular review (five years) of the NOS to ensure they remain current and relevant to the Canadian mining industry.

The NOS form the basis for workforce development, driving curriculum development within educational institutes, and the alignment of company training programs.

NOS are currently available for seven occupations. To access each NOS, select from the following list to fill out a form and receive a download link:

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National Occupational Standards (NOS) are inventories of the skills and knowledge required for workers to perform proficiently in a particular job or occupation. The mining industry NOS are set at the proficient level, meaning that they list the competencies a fully experienced worker can perform on the job.

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