Setting the Standard (2008)

Accepted Principles and Recommended Practices for National Occupational Standards, Certification Programs and Accreditation Programs

The voluntary guidelines contained in this document provide common protocols to support the planning, development, implementation, and maintenance of national occupational standards and personnel certification programs, and the accreditation of educational or training courses and programs. The rationale for using common protocols is to maximize efficiency, minimize cost, and optimize the benefits of a harmonized system.

The guidelines are aimed at sector councils, industry groups, professional associations, and other stakeholders concerned with human resources and labour market issues.

The document contains three chapters: national occupational standards; certification programs; and accreditation programs. Each chapter details the related accepted principles and recommended practices for planning, development, implementation, and maintenance.

The authors note that these guidelines can improve the mobility of learners and skilled workers, ensuring the continued competitiveness of Canada’s labour market.

This document was published by The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC), the network of Canada’s sector councils dedicated to implementing industry-driven labour market solutions in key sectors of the economy. For more information about TASC, please visit its website at

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