Cskills logoNOCN and Cskills Awards - Creating Opportunities together

Cskills Awards has joined NOCN to make one of the biggest Awarding and Assessment Organisations in the UK, working together for a better future for UK Construction Skills.


NOCN is a progressive educational charity, an established national Awarding Organisation (AO) and a leading Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) appointed to provide apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA). It has hundreds of quality qualifications in many sectors and industries, used by training Centres across the UK and overseas. It is an accredited Leader in Diversity and is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in education and employment.

Cskills Awards is a market leading Construction Awarding Organisation in the UK, providing a wide range of qualifications to support the industry with skills to meet national demand. With a heritage spanning decades and a solid reputation for quality and reliability, it supports hundreds of Centres to train people from getting their Green Card to becoming specialists in their chosen trade.

Now one organisation, NOCN and CSkills Awards offer a complete learner package to support in and aid the growth of the UK construction industry.

Apprenticeships and End Point Assessments

Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the construction industry. NOCN is operationally ready to support the sector as a leading independent EPA provider. Its free apprenticeship readiness sessions are designed to support college leaders, private training providers and employers through the EPA process. It uses a dedicated EPA IT system, Horizon, to manage the assessment process, ensuring an efficient service. Click here for APPRENTICESHIPS and EPA.

Supporting specialist construction skills

NOCN has always been committed to supporting specialist and heritage construction skills, which although may be lower in demand, are still vital for the future. NOCN and Cskills Awards will now support the sector even more effectively in the following trades (click a trade):

Bricklaying | Civils | Formwork | Heritage (Canals and Waterways) | Interior Fitting | Painting and Decorating | Plant Operations| Plastering | Property Maintenance | Roofing | SteelFixing | Trowel Trades | Wood Occupations, PLUS all other qualifications Cskills Awards currently provides.

Cskills Awards will still support the changes being made by CSCS in removing the Construction Related Occupations Card, and it is looking for training centres to deliver specialist qualifications. Click here to find out more.

Cskills Awards for NOCN Construction

Cskills Awards will continue as the NOCN brand for construction qualifications and will retain current systems, processes and policies, giving continuity to Centres.

NOCN will recognise training centres registered with Cskills Awards and vice versa, increasing the portfolio of qualifications for centres; however, as with the current situation with both Cskills Awards and NOCN, Centres will need to demonstrate they are capable of delivering these new qualifications to the required standards.

NOCN Qualifications for Cskills Centres

NOCN has a range of qualifications available that are useful to Cskills Centres. Click a link to find out more:

Further information

Get in touch

  • Visit the CSkills Awards website, which will be fully integrated into the NOCN website next year.

  • Find out more about NOCN's acquisition of CSkills Awards on 1 August 2017 on our blog.

  • More info for existing CSkills Awards Centres.

  • More info for existing NOCN Centres.