Skip navigation

NOCN Group

NOCN Group shares a joint purpose to offer learners, training providers, employers and FE colleges a fully integrated range of learning and skills development products and services

NOCN Group

NOCN is a market-leading international Awarding Organisation (AO) and Government-approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) that has been creating opportunities' for 30 years. NOCN Group also includes NOCN (UK), India Skills Foundation, CSkills Awards, acquired from CITB in 2017 and One Awards (from 1 August 2018.)


As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than commercial focus, NOCN is at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK. NOCN is the only awarding body in the UK which specialises in productivity and is focussed on increasing the UK's competitiveness globally. As the second largest awarding organisation in the UK construction sector, we are committed to working for a better future for UK construction skills, via our sub-brand Cskills Awards.

Cskills Awards

NOCN acquired Cskills Awards from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in 2017 creating the UK’s second largest construction AO. The move has greatly reassured the market by guaranteeing its ability to meet the challenges ahead with increased and enhanced skills.

CSkills has a peerless reputation in the construction sector, delivering a wide range of qualifications from Entry Level to Level 7 – and now as part of NOCN Group delivers some 4,000 apprenticeships a year.

It also created a stronger, added-value range of approved qualifications and a more diverse product offering to meet the needs of employers. This includes extensive construction qualifications from ‘license to practice’ to professional development, English and Maths Functional Skills and the new ‘T Level’ technical qualifications from autumn 2019.

Find out more about our construction qualifications and apprenticeships.

India Skills Foundation

NOCN India Skills Foundation brings the best of British educational standards to support Indian innovation and skills development. The aim is for Indian managers and professionals to have skills that are recognised at international standards of excellence to effectively compete in a global market. Acknowledgement of our fantastic track record in India came recently when we were appointed by the Department for International Development to bring vital support to the world’s largest upskilling and training programme there.

Find out more about India Skills Foundation

One Awards

One Awards became a subsidiary of NOCN Group in 2018 and has been providing the UK Further Education market with Quality Assurance and Accreditation Services since 1994. This has included the Access to Higher Education Diplomas, Accredited Units of Assessment, Quality Mark Endorsement and services on behalf of NOCN. We are licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and are proud of our reputation for outstanding, flexible customer service.

As specialists in the FE and HE sectors, we invest our resources in continuously developing our products and services in response to customer demand. We are here to help our customers to deliver outstanding programmes of learning and inspire achievement and we provide high levels of customer support throughout.

Find out more about One Awards

Job Cards

CITB has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group, one of the sector’s largest Awarding Organisations (AO). The purchase will include the retention of all CPCS-related CITB jobs in Norfolk, as well as all CPCS-related mobile roles.

Find out more about the acquisition of CPCS.