National Occupational Standards


To ensure the highest standard of proficiency all our courses follow the guidelines set out in the UK’S National Occupational Standards:

Our course material follows guidelines stipulated by the the UK’s National Occupational Standards. Our course level of qualification and course core competencies are based upon by the key principles found within the NOS guidelines.

What are National Occupational Standards?

NOS describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence. They focus on what the person needs to be able to do, as well as what they must know and understand to work effectively. They cover the key activities undertaken within the occupation in question under all the circumstances the jobholder is likely to encounter. (Definition supported by UK Commission for Employment and Skills).

Each NOS contains an agreed set of knowledge and understanding and performance criteria that must be met before someone can be deemed competent. They describe the minimum standard to which an individual is expected to work in a given occupation. We have listed below the core competencies taught and assessed on this course.

All of our courses follow the Principles of Good Practice that are underpinned by the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and describe the ways in which practitioners should demonstrate good practice across all of their work.

Our Key Principles of best practice and standards of competency.

  • Attain the required level of competence with ref to the core knowledge with regards to your chosen modality
  • To demonstrate the appropriate modality to use in a ranging set of client circumstances
  • To demonstrate a range of intervention techniques with various clients.
  • The historical development of your coaching modality and the profession.
  • The understanding your coaching modality is a process driven modality.
  • The concepts underpinning CAM and integrative and orthodox medicine.
  • How to use questionnaires and diaries to optimise gathering of information.
  • Understand industry regulation and the impact it may have on your coaching modality.
  • To understand the relevance of different professional bodies and how they fit into the overall picture of risk, regulation and governance.
  • Building rapport with your clients and gain trust and client commitment to working together.
  • The breaking down of a client session into its main core parts. Introduction, explanation, investigation, collaboration, direction, agreement, close, next action
  • Clinical application of coaching modalities
  • Core knowledge of your coaching modalities
  • Market place knowledge of how your coaching modalities fit into todays market place
  • The importance of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.
  • The importance of ongoing supervision
  • Understand CPD and acceptable standards.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the philosophy and principles underpinning your coaching discipline.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current legislation and policy as it applies to your coaching discipline.
  • Demonstrate a respect for your client’s dignity, privacy, autonomy, cultural differences and rights.
  • Regard for the safety of your client and yourself.
  • Understand the importance of continual professional development, learn from others, and develop your own knowledge, understanding and skills through reflective practice and research findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of your own emotional state and the emotional state and responses of your clients incorporating such awareness into your own practice.
  • Ensure you communicate clearly, concisely and in a professional manner.
    Ensuring client confidentiality at all times.
  • That you work with confidence, integrity and sensitivity.
  • Ensure you comply with an ongoing development plan that includes systematic observation and critical evaluation of your professional knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure you work within the scope of your practice, experience and capability at all times.

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