National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) establish clear, objective benchmarks of the skills and knowledge required for workers to perform in a particular occupation. They list the skills and competencies of a fully experienced worker.

MiHR develops and maintains the suite of NOS for the Canadian mining sector. The development and maintenance of each NOS is led by a stakeholder committee called the National Occupational Standard Development Committee (NOSDC) which is made up of subject-matter experts from various groups across Canada, including industry, labour, and education. NOS development committees undertake a regular review (five years) of the NOS to ensure they remain current and relevant to the Canadian mining industry.

The NOS form the basis for workforce development, driving curriculum development within educational institutes, and the alignment of company training programs. They are currently available for the following occupations:

  • Underground Miner
  • Surface Miner
  • Minerals Processing Operator
  • Diamond Driller
  • Frontline Supervisor
  • Industry Trainer
  • Hoist Operator

Email to request a copy of the National Occupational Standard(s)

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