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National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standard for Site Inspection

In 2015 the ICWCI nominated a number of their members to participate in the review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Site Inspection.  The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is responsible for reviewing and maintaining the construction industry’s NOS and facilitates the reviews in consultation with occupationally specific employers and stakeholders.  The development of NOS is carried out across the four home nations (NATIONAL) to ensure they reflect current working practices within a sector (OCCUPATIONAL) and reaffirm the benchmark required by that sector (STANDARD).  Many occupations, including those in the construction industry, have adopted National Occupational Standards (NOS) as their sector’s benchmark to demonstrate competency and/or the knowledge and understanding of a specific function within a job role.

NOS have numerous uses for employers and businesses including:

  • The development of a sector’s vocational qualifications (in Construction NVQs and SVQ are derived directly from the NOS)
  • Continued professional development
  • Increase job satisfaction.
  • Increase business productivity
  • Selection and recruitment
  • Staff development and training

The current NOS for Site Inspection are:

COSVX01

Monitor projects https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX01.pdf#search=COSVX01

COSVX02

Monitor health and safety systems and responsibilities https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX02.pdf#search=COSVX02

COSVX03

Prepare documentation for handover and obtain project feedback https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX03.pdf#search=COSVX03

COSVX04

Prepare and organise site inspection information https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX04.pdf#search=COSVX04

COSVX05

Monitor dimensional accuracy https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX05.pdf#search=COSVX05

COSVX06

Monitor and record tests https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX06.pdf#search=COSVX06

COSVX07

Monitor the installation and commissioning of engineering systems https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX07.pdf#search=COSVX07

COSVX08

Plan and monitor maintenance programmes https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX08.pdf#search=COSVX08

COSVX09

Practice in a professional and ethical manner https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX09.pdf#search=COSVX09

COSVX10

Develop and maintain professional working relationships https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX10.pdf#search=COSVX10

COSVX12

Inspect and report on the condition of property https://www.ukstandards.org.uk/PublishedNos/COSVX10.pdf#search=COSVX10

Copies of the NOS can be obtained from the UK Standards using the hyperlinks or if further information is required please contact CITB’s Standards and Qualifications department at standards.qualifications@citb.co.uk