Accountancy and Finance

National Occupational Standards for Accountancy & Finance

"As an employer we value the revised NOS, as this has given us confidence to know that the FSP have introduced Standards that will ensure our staff are competent and professional."

Tim Light, County Treasurer's Department, Hampshire County Council

Background information

In April 2008 we became the Sector Skills Council responsible for accountancy and related occupations, taking over from the Accountancy Occupational Standards Group, the former Standards Setting Body.

As part of this role we are now responsible for the National Occupational Standards for Accountancy & Finance. These had been subject to a major review in 2002 and a further, incremental review in 2006 which saw only minor wording changes made.

The National Occupational Standards

A major review of these NOS was launched in August 2008, resultant of feedback that changes in practice, regulation and statutory requirements needed to be incorporated. The opportunity was also taken to enhance the language in and layout of the Standards.

An important part of the review saw a UK-wide industry consultation on the draft NOS, including consultation events in Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. We also made direct approaches to a number of key stakeholders and the draft NOS were accompanied by a questionnaire on our website. We are grateful to everyone who provided feedback.

The National Occupational Standards for Accountancy & Finance can be downloaded below.

The units can also be downloaded individually from the NOS Directory, at

Further information

For further information about these NOS, please contact the NOS team by email [email protected] or call 0845 618 2379.

Your feedback

We welcome feedback on the National Occupational Standards which we have produced. If you would like to comment on the NOS for Accountancy & Finance, please complete and return the feedback form (which can be downloaded below) to [email protected].





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