National Occupational Standards

Sector Profile

Human Resources (HR) and Recruitment services fulfil a range of functions within organisations. One of their primary roles is to support the recruitment, management and development of staff.

We work together with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to ensure the standards and qualifications for HR and Recruitment professionals reflect industry needs and are fit for purpose.


Two National Occupational Standards (NOS) suites have been developed to cover HR and Recruitment-related job functions.

Human Resources

The title of this suite reflects the current job titles of those who work in the sector. However, the standards are equally applicable to those who see themselves in a ‘personnel’ or ‘people management’ role. They cover a full range of HR functions from developing and implementing strategy, to designing and operating procedures.

Human Resources (PDF) ⇢

Recruitment Practice

This suite covers the functions carried out by recruiters.

Recruitment (PDF) ⇢

Define the Standards for Your Sector

Our NOS and frameworks have been developed to best represent the skills that you need in your sector. If you would like to join one of our sector-focused steering groups and ensure that training continues to work for your business, please contact us on

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