Occupational Standards

Competency-Based Training is based on occupational standards. These are detailed descriptions which outline what workers should know and do in order to effectively carry out their job functions. 

For example, John Smith wants to buy a business and decides to seek an National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in “Developing a New or Existing Business Enterprise - Level 3”. One part of the occupational standard for this NVQ states that John must demonstrate that he is competently able to perform specific tasks such as deciding on the finance and capital needs of the business. For John to be found competent in this area he has to, among other things:

  • Research how much any supplies he needs will cost
  • Research how much market research and advertising will cost
  • Research the cost to his business on any staff he needs to recruit, employ and train
  • Estimate the cost to carry out all of the activities needed to run his business properly 

CBT certification includes:

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
  • Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs)

Find out more on TVET Council’s website.