Developing a National Occupational Standard (NOS) and Learning Tools

The development of National Occupational Standards and learning tools are industry-driven initiatives. As a result of a need expressed by the Ornamental sector, CAHRC undertook a pilot project to revise an existing National Occupational Standard (NOC 2225) and an Essential Skills profile for Landscape Horticulturists. Learning tools, based on the revised Standard, were then developed to assist landscape employers in providing on-the-job training to new employees. This project served as the foundation for developing National Occupational Standards and learning tools in other sectors of agriculture. The following critical path illustrates the two-phase process undertaken to achieve this.