Bespoke Qualifications

We work hard to ensure that our approach to qualifications is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of each of our customers. We are not overly prescriptive in terms of specific qualifications or frameworks.  We are equally happy working with large and small industries and groups.

Wherever possible, we will take into account existing employer standards such as NOS to ensure new qualifications are transferable and usable by as many people as possible.  We work with a range of trade bodies and institutes to ensure our qualifications meet appropriate membership requirements.

If you’re interested in developing a new qualification with us please contact us today.

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are the building blocks of vocational qualifications.  They define the competencies an individual requires in order to do their job effectively and productively.  They are developed by industry, for industry in the UK and can be used in countries around the world for benchmarking and development purposes.

NOS are used in every part of the UK to help define the functions that are carried out at work. The standards are also easily mapped against international standards, providing an underpinning structure for transferability of qualifications between countries.
NOS describe the performance required of an individual when carrying out functions in the workplace. These functions can be grouped to make up occupational roles. OAL uses this framework as a starting point when developing a new qualification, ensuring the relevance of final product to real-world operations.
NOS are always agreed by a representative sample of employers and other key stakeholders in a sector before they are approved by the UK NOS Panel. This quality assured link to industry means that NOS provide a perfect benchmark for developing new qualifications.

Why Choose Us

  • Outstanding customer service
  • We are passionate about providing qualifications that are relevant to the needs of employers and learners
  • Our team has decades of experience in qualification development and skills
[testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="#ffffff" textcolor="#13a0ab" random="yes" class="" id=""][testimonial name="Lorraine Jameson - Head of Business and Quality Assurance" avatar="image" image="" image_border_radius="" company="Webs Training" link="" target="_self"]“Webs Training has been delivering training to the furniture industry for over 40 years, it is important that the training and qualifications we offer to employers meets their individual needs and keeps us at the top of the training game. We need to ensure that training is relevant to each and every individual. It is a pleasure to work alongside the professional supportive staff of OAL. Webs have recently applied to deliver a number of accredited short courses through OAL and are looking forward to offering these within the furniture industry. With these courses we are hoping to widen the offer we currently offer and help employers and individuals to continue to upskill their staff and selves alike.”[/testimonial][testimonial name="Jon Gibson - Managing Director" avatar="image" image="" image_border_radius="" company="Didac" link="" target="_self"]“Didac decided to move their qualification offer to Occupational Awards to ensure that the current and future qualifications remain robust and continue to meet needs of industry and their learners. Since becoming approved, Occupational Awards have continued to impress us as a provider, especially bringing new qualifications to the sector. One member of staff stated, “I am looking forward in working with this new Awarding Organisation, as it does what is says to the sector OCCUPATIONAL AWARDS”.[/testimonial][/testimonials]

Bespoke Regulated Qualifications We’ve Developed


We worked with Cortexa UK to develop the Level 3 Award in Merchant Supplies Timber for more information please see links:


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We have been working with British Furniture Manufacturers to develop the following qualifications for the furniture and related industries:

OAL Level 3 in Principles of Environmental Management

OAL Level 5 Certificate in Furniture Exporting

For more information please see: