Common Induction Standards

Care worker reading with an individual who needs care and support


Skills for Care’s Common Induction Standards (CIS) are the standards people working in adult social care currently need to meet before they can safely work unsupervised.

The CIS are for people new to social care and those changing roles or employers. They are designed to be met within 12 weeks to enable care workers to demonstrate their understanding of how to provide high quality care and support.

However, from April 2015 new starters, new to care will be expected to complete the Care Certificate; a new standard intoduced by the social care and health sector. 


What is the Care Certificate?

The Care Certificate builds on and replaces the Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS). It sets out explicitly the learning outcomes, competences and standards of care that will be expected in both sectors, ensuring that the HCSW/ASCW is caring, compassionate and provides quality care. The Care Certificate standards are listed below.

The Care Certificate standards:

1. Understand Your Role

2. Your Personal Development

3. Duty of Care

4. Equality and Diversity

5. Work in a Person Centred Way

6. Communication

7. Privacy and Dignity

8. Fluids and Nutrition

9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities

10. Safeguarding Adults

11. Safeguarding Children

12. Basic Life Support

13. Health and Safety

14. Handling Information

15. Infection Prevention and Control


The Care Certificate is the start of the career journey for these staff groups and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practice within their specific sector.  Although the Care Certificate is designed for new staff, new to care and offers this group of staff their first step on their career ladder, it is also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge. 

We have materials and resources available on our Care Certificate page for employers and the rest of the sector to familiarise themselves with this upcoming change. They can be found here.  

Common Induction Standards Materials

The Common Induction Standards resources are still availble below for those who will be starting their role up to April 2015. 

Each standard contains a number of areas of knowledge that care workers need to know before they can work unsupervised. Managers have a duty to ensure new staff know enough to meet the required outcomes in each knowledge area.

  • Standard 1 - Role of the health and social care worker
  • Standard 2 - Personal development
  • Standard 3 - Communicate effectively
  • Standard 4 - Equality and Inclusion
  • Standard 5 - Principles for implementing duty of care
  • Standard 6 - Principles of safeguarding in health and social care
  • Standard 7 - Person-centred support
  • Standard 8 - Health and safety in an adult social care setting

The eight standards map across to the mandatory units of the health and social care diploma to ensure there is consistency of approach for the workforce. If carried out in depth, they can provide evidence of underpinning knowledge towards the diploma at level 2 or level 3.

Not all workers however will need to complete the full induction standards - for example if they have already completed an induction or have a relevant vocational qualification. Please see the guidance for those responsible for workers for more information.

The following documents are available to download – they are not available in hard copy format:

 The induction standards for care workers and managers have a fire safety element in the health and safety section.

Together with the London Fire Brigade, we have created a fire safety leaflet which highlights relevant standards in both the Common Induction Standards and Manager Induction Standards as well as supporting notes.

A series of case studies have also been produced to highlight ways in which fire deaths can be prevented:

It is still planned that the Care Certificate will be introduced in March 2015, replacing both the National Minimum Training Standards and the Common Induction Standards.

The official launch will be in March 2015 for employers to start using the Care Certificate as of April 2015.

Materials to support employers in preparing for the Certificate, including revised standards and guidance are now available for use and can be found here 

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