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Accreditation

About Centre Accreditation

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.

Why get accredited?

  • An Accredited Centre provides assurance to a number of vital stakeholders, such as the trainees, the employers, and the public in general, that the Training Centre has met the established standards necessary to impart training for the specific job roles.
  • Centre Accreditation also results in awarding an Accreditation Grade to the Training Centre.
  • Only an Accredited Training Centre becomes eligible for affiliation by the SSC with respect to specific job roles. Accreditation and Affiliation are mandatory steps to be followed in order to execute any Training Program aligned to NSQF.

Process of Center Accreditation

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

Accreditation Standards

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.

How to apply for Accreditation

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.

Accreditation Fee

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 ."

De-accreditation of a Training Centre

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 :

  • Severe non-compliance or violation of the scheme specific guidelines
  • Improper/misleading use of accreditation status
  • Improper/misleading use of the application for accreditation prior to receiving the accreditation status
  • Providing wrong/forged data in the application for accreditation, or at any point of time in any form during the scheme implementation
  • Imparting training in the job role for which it is not accredited
  • Non-payment of fees, as and when required
  • Refusal to conduct continuous monitoring through self-audits
  • Non-compliance to the Grading Standards during the Scheme implementation
  • Any other condition deemed appropriate by the Accreditation Committee

Sector Skill Councils and their role in Accreditation of the Training Centre

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

Affiliation of a Training Centre

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.

Why get affiliated?

An affiliated TC gets access to a number of benefits, including the following:

  • Only accredited AND affiliated TCs are allowed to commence NSQF aligned training program.
  • As all the Government funded schemes are monitored on a continuous basis, an affiliated TC becomes entitled to the Continuous Monitoring Process, if empaneled under a specific scheme. Continuous Monitoring helps in awarding a dynamic grade to the TC on periodic basis, based on its compliance and performance. If a TC does not seek affiliation, its grading will become ‘dormant’, as such TCs are not entitled to be monitored on a continuous basis. It may be noted that a TC having dormant grade does not bestow high confidence of the stakeholders. Refer to the Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of Training Centres for Skills Ecosystem for more details.
  • Trainees of the Affiliated TCs are entitled to receive Industry recognized Certificates post successful completion of training and assessment.

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.

Process of Affiliation

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:

  • Affiliation is granted on the basis of job roles. Therefore, a TC has to apply for affiliation only for the accredited job roles.
  • The TC shall pay an affiliation fee for each job role. TC is advised to apply for affiliation as soon as it gets accredited; however, it is provided a maximum of 6-month period to seek affiliation. In cases where six months have elapsed since the accreditation date of an unaffiliated TC, it would require to re-accredit itself before applying for affiliation.

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.

Validity of Affiliation

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.

Affiliation Fee

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

Monitoring

Continuous Monitoring

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.

Mechanism to ensure Continuous Monitoring

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.

Centre Grading- Outcome of Continuous Monitoring

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.

Significance of Centre Grading

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:

  • Enabling the stakeholders to compare the TCs and identifying the TCs incorporating the best practices. A higher grade may help the TC in attracting trainees for fee based trainings, being preferred choice for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and for Government funded skill development schemes as well.
  • The grade of a TC provides relevant information to potential trainees, such as its infrastructure, quality of trainers, and placement services that would help them select a TC for training.
  • Instilling healthy competition among the TCs to improve their grades, thereby providing a platform for them to analyze and compare their strengths and weaknesses with each other and improve their performance.
  • Providing information to potential employers about the quality of skills training offered by a TC. The grading mechanism helps TCs in becoming the preferred choice of employers/corporates.
  • Enabling a TC to benchmark itself with other TCs across the country, and in the same state, region, or infrastructural and regulatory environment.
  • Rewarding TC by linking its grade to the key processes outcomes. A scheme may link grading of a TC in its target allocation framework to ensure that high quality TCs get targets to meet their full capacities. This shall ensure continued focus on quality delivery of trainings. For example, PMKVY has ensured that the target allocation strategy is linked to the grade of the TCs.

Grading Methodology

  • The grading methodology involves defining a set of indicators and classifying them into specific categories. The indicators within each category have appropriate weight assigned to them, forming a grading metrics. The total score for each category is 100.
  • The overall performance of a TC would be measured by assigning the scores. The corresponding scores are then converted into grades (represented by a Star rating).
  • Below given Table represents the Grade Structure. Based on band/range of the total percentage as per the scores computed, the TCs shall be graded as shown in the table, where 5 Star denotes the highest grade, and 1 Star the lowest. At any point of time, if a TC is graded as 1 Star, it may get suspended from the scheme at its own discretion.

Grade Structure :

Percentage of Scores Grade
85-100% 5 star
70-84% 4 star
55-69% 3 star
40-54% 2 star
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:

  • Accreditation Standards Metrics
  • Compliance Standards Metrics
  • Performance Standards Metrics

Consequence Management System

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.

Downloads

Guidelines

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.

Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics

It is strongly recommended to read the revised Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics before registering as a Training Provider or creating a new Training Centre.

Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF)

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.

Equipment specification

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.

Classroom/Laboratory Specification

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.

Trainers’ Specification

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.

Guidelines for Accreditation, Affiliation & Continuous Monitoring of Training Centres for the Skill Ecosystem View PDF
Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics View PDF
Center Accreditation Application Form (CAAF) View XLSX
SSC and Job Role-wise Equipment List View PDF
SSC and Job Role-wise Trainer Qualification Criteria View PDF
SSC and Job Role-wise Lab and Classroom Specification View PDF


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