Your Guide to Building a Solid, Skilled Workforce

A National Occupational Standard (NOS) is a guide that outlines the main skills and knowledge employees need to perform their jobs competently. Used in a variety of industries, these guides make is simple to understand how to build a skilled worker from the ground up.

In addition to being a valuable resource for food processing employers and employees, an NOS can also assist in the development of certification or accreditation programs, as well as building curriculums in secondary and post-secondary institutions.

FPHRC has developed National Occupational Standards for job positions in:



Research & Development



Food Safety

Human Resources


Facility Maintenance

Setting the Industry Standard

FPHRC developed the food and beverage processing as part of a national, multi-year human resources initiative called Raising the Standards. This initiative, which has been funded by the government of Canada’s department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has included:

  • The development of 20 plus National Competency-based Occupational Standards;
  • 13 essential skills and job descriptions;
  • An occupation specific certification program model; and
  • A pan-Canadian accreditation model.

For employers and HR professionals, these standards assist with:

  • Creating accurate job descriptions;
  • Developing training programs;
  • Assessing employee performance; and
  • Planning for new positions and succession.

For educators and instructors, these standards serve as the framework around which to build the content of programs by:

  • Developing a strategic view of future learning requirements;
  • Updating curriculum and evaluation tools;
  • Identifying group or organizational training needs;
  • Identifying common and transferable skills in the occupation; and
  • Improving the relationship between formal training and industry needs.