This skills framework gives a solid foundation on which to build:

  • training needs analysis
  • certifications
  • training programmes
  • job descriptions
  • career plans

This website is currently owned by CABI until we establish an independent body.

We are connected to the Open Skills Network: a coalition of organisations and other stakeholders dedicated to advancing skills-based education and hiring.

How to use the framework

The skills are organised by:

  • Category: Which groups together similar skills
  • Role: Which groups together skills that apply more to particular roles
  • Level: Which groups together skills that may apply more to people at particular stages in their career

We suggest that the framework is used to provide a common vocabulary when having conversations about standards, regulations, certification and training.


Foundation: Someone who is an early stage in their career and works under supervision.

Practitioner: Someone who can work without supervision

Advanced: Someone who leads and provides direction