In this section find out more about the standards – their aim, structure, benefits as well as what they consist of.


The main aim of the standards programme is to base training, qualifications and recognition of achievement on independent evidence of what people are able to do, instead of:

  • What they know/ought to know (regardless of relevance)
  • Length of service or training programme
  • Where or how they were trained
  • Arbitrary and unreliable assumptions and judgements