Centre Accreditation is a quality assurance process for evaluation of the required parameters of the Training Centres. It is of key importance to ensure that the trainees are provided quality training, thereby creating the requirement to have a well-defined validation process of the Training Centres, creating the need of accreditation of Centres. Accreditation focuses on learning and self-development, and encourages the Training Centres to pursue continual excellence.
The Centre Accreditation process helps in effective management and delivery of the competency-based training, aimed at overall development of the trainees. Accreditation ensures that a Training Centre has met the prescribed qualitative standards, pre-set by the respective Sector Skill Councils (SSCs). With this aim, it is imperative that the trainees have confidence in the quality of the training provided by the Training Centres.
Though Centre Accreditation is a voluntary process, it is mandatory for a Training Centre that wishes to impart training aligned to National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) to go through the accreditation process. In order to participate and implement any Skill Development Scheme funded by the Government of India, alignment to NSQF is mandatory.
The process of Centre Accreditation involves a combined mechanism of self-evaluation by the Training Centres and an external evaluation by a Third Party Inspection Agency to determine if the prescribed qualitative standards are met by the Centre. The Inspection Agency conducts a physical check on the Centre. The inspection agency/agencies are empaneled by NSDC, and the Inspection Agency may establish any additional operating procedures it deems appropriate, subject to approval of NSDC.
SMART provides access to the Training Providers to apply for the accreditation of its Training Centres. Please refer to the Tutorial to know the process in detail
The Accreditation Standards inspected are related to the operations and services offered by the Training Centres to its trainees. These standards are a set of practices and concepts, as laid down by the SSCs pertaining to each job role, that provide guidance to the Training Centres on all relevant aspects of skilling.
The Accreditation Standards applicable to a Training Centre is a combination of certain parameters categorized as Part-A and Part-B standards. The standards of the Part-A category are the mandatory indicators to be adhered to. It is necessary that a Training Centre complies with all the Accreditation Standards of Part-A category to become an accredited Training Centre. The standards of the Part-B category are the other indicators, on which the Centre shall be scored on the predefined points. It is mandatory that the Training Centre achieves a minimum of 40% score with respect to the Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics . A Training Centre that meets the Accreditation Standards becomes an Accredited Centre. Please refer to Knowledge Centre to download the Guidelines of Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres for Skill Ecosystem to know more details.
The Training Provider desirous of seeking accreditation for its Training Centres has to register online on SMART. The Training Provider has to register through Training Provider Registration Form . Post successful registration, the Training Provider has to submit Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF). Please refer to the Tutorial to know the process in detail.
Please refer to Knowledge Centre to download the Guidelines of Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres for Skill Ecosystem to know details on the fee ."
The Accreditation Committee may suspend or cancel the accreditation of a Training Centre because of any of the following reasons, but not be limited to :
Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) are set up as autonomous industry-led bodies by NSDC. They create Occupational Standards and Qualification bodies, develop competency framework and assess and certify trainees on the curriculum aligned to National Occupational Standards developed by them.
For the Accreditation process of the Training Centres, SSCs have specified certain qualitative standards for each job role. The Training Centres are assessed on the basis of these parameters to ensure delivery of the competency-based training aimed at overall development of the trainees. Accreditation ensures that the Training Centre has met the prescribed qualitative standards, pre-set by the respective SSCs.
During the process of Centre Accreditation, the Centre inspection report submitted by the Inspection Agency along with the recommended accreditation status and grade of the Training Centre shall be sent to the concerned SSC for its observation. The said report will also be considered for grant of affiliation for the accredited job roles by the respective SSCs.
Affiliation is a method for the Training Centres (TCs) to get formally associated with Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) in order to impart training to trainees for specific job roles aligned to National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). Accreditation and Affiliation are the measuring scales for the provision of quality skilling by the TCs.
An affiliated TC has to follow the rules and regulations set by the respective SSCs that give the affiliation in order to maintain/follow the Accreditation Standards.
Affiliation can be granted to an Accredited as well as Conditionally Accredited Centre. A Conditionally Accredited Centre may apply for affiliation and get Conditional Affiliation; however, it is pivotal that the TC complies with the Accreditation Standards within the required time frame, failing which the Conditional Accreditation status of the TC shall be revoked, and therefore the TC shall no longer remain affiliated.
An affiliated TC gets access to a number of benefits, including the following:
It is to be noted that Accreditation and Affiliation of a TC does not guarantee target allocation under Government funded skill development schemes. Each scheme may have its own target allocation process, according to which a TC may be allocated the targets. For example, under PMKVY, the target allocation is based on the grade and job roles demands as per the geographical location of the TC. A TC may thus choose to ascertain its capability in terms of mobilizing candidates pertaining to certain job roles, adherence to particular scheme guidelines and targets it may receive under specific schemes before seeking affiliation with the SSC.
If it is found that a TC, accredited for certain job roles, has started the training operations without getting affiliated for the accredited job roles, it shall be penalized suitably as deemed fit by the monitoring team of that scheme.
All accredited TCs are deemed for the grant of affiliation. Once a TC is accredited for certain job roles, the affiliation cannot be denied by the SSC to that TC for the accredited job roles. A TC, in order to seek affiliation certificate from the SSCs, shall have the provision of submitting an online application for affiliation.
Affiliation request would be deemed as completed under following conditions:
The online affiliation request is forwarded to the concerned SSC, which reviews the request containing the accreditation report of all job roles as submitted by the Inspection Agency and the affiliation fee payment confirmation. Post review, the SSC shall award the Affiliation Certificate to the concerned TC.
The validity of affiliation of a TC is for a year from the date of affiliation. The TC has to apply for the renewal of affiliation at least three months in advance of the affiliation expiry date. The request for renewal of affiliation has to be sent only after renewal of accreditation, as only the Accredited Centres are eligible for affiliation. In case a TC gets de-accredited for any reason, its affiliation shall also be no longer valid. In such cases, the concerned TC may seek affiliation only after getting re-accredited for the specific job roles.
A TC shall be charged an amount of INR 6000 for every job role affiliation with the respective SSC. The entire Affiliation Fees is payable to the respective SSC.
Note : NSDC reserves the right to revise any of the fee components at any point of time, without stating any reasons whatsoever.
Please refer to the Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of Training Centres for Skills Ecosystem for more details
Effective and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centre is considered crucial for efficient delivery of the training for all the skill development schemes. Continuous Monitoring is envisaged to regularly assess the effectiveness of various processes at the Training Centres (TCs). In order to overcome significant challenges that remain with regards to the delivery of quality of training, Continuous Monitoring of the TC is crucial.
Continuous Monitoring is based on certain standards pertaining to Accreditation, Compliance and Performance Grading Metrics. The Inspection Agency, along with the monitoring team of the scheme shall be responsible to continuously monitor all the TCs based on the above-mentioned three Standards Grading Metrics.
The Continuous Monitoring process involves a combined mechanism of self-evaluation by the TC and other relevant sources to evaluate its performance. Refer to the Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of Training Centres for Skills Ecosystem to know more details.
As multiple modes of imparting the skills training are observed in a TC, it is essential to identify a standardized system to benchmark the TCs across the country. The major outcome of Continuous Monitoring is grading of the TCs, based on which actions may be taken on a TC for non-compliance and/or non-performance.
Based on the Continuous Monitoring for Compliance and Performance Standards, the TCs shall be graded. Grading will play a pivotal role in benchmarking the TCs. The grading is applicable only to the Accredited TCs. Consequently, if any TC that loses its accreditation status at any point of time, also loses its grade.
The grade of a TC determines its quality and its ability to impart skills training. Grading of TCs would contribute to the skills ecosystem in a number of ways, including the following:
Grade Structure :
|Percentage of Scores||Grade|
|Below 40%||1 star|
The grade of a TC is based on inputs, processes and outputs. Accordingly, a TC is graded as per the scores computed with respect to the following three broad pillars (categories) of the grading metrics available as an annexure in the Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres for Skill Ecosystem:
As an outcome of Continuous Monitoring, TCs are assessed on continuous basis with respect to the Compliance and Performance Standards Metrics. Any deviation is captured through various methods and shall lead to Consequence Management defined in the monitoring framework of respective schemes. Refer to Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of Training Centres for Skills Ecosystem for more details on Compliance and Performance Standards Metrics.
It is highly recommended to read the Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of Training Centres for Skills Ecosystem first before applying for the Accreditation of the Centres.
It is strongly recommended to read the revised Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics before registering as a Training Provider or creating a new Training Centre.
Download the static CAAF to understand the details / documents required before you start filling the online CAAF . Please use only the online form to apply for accreditation.
Download the Equipment specification as required to be available at the Training Centre. The list provided is as specified by the Sector Skill Councils( SSCs) for the job roles. Contact the concerned SSC for clarification if any.
Download the Classroom /Laboratory specification as required to be available at the Training Centre. The list provided is as specified by the Sector Skill Councils( SSCs) for the job roles. Contact the concerned SSC for clarification if any.
Download the Trainers’ Specification as required to be available at the Training Centre. The list provided is as specified by the Sector Skill Councils( SSCs) for the job roles. Contact the concerned SSC for clarification if any.