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WorldSkills Occupational Standards

The WorldSkills Occupational Standards reflect the global occupations or work roles that are represented by the WorldSkills Competition.

Within a framework to ensure their validity, clarity and consistency, the Standards: 

  • cover the specialist, technical and generic skills that comprise intermediate work roles across the world
  • set out what a capable practitioner must know, understand, and do
  • are prepared, with guidance, by technical and vocational WorldSkills Experts
  • are consulted upon and updated biennially with industry and business worldwide
  • indicate the relative importance of each section of the standards, as advised by industry and business. 

The prime value of the Standards is threefold:

  • as the reference points for the WorldSkills Competition they establish the baseline from which to grow and reward authentic vocational performance
  • for WorldSkills Members and more widely they provide a benchmark for national and regional standards 
  • as economies and markets become increasingly international, the Standards support young people and adults to survive and thrive in the modern world.