What is the National Council of Vocational Training?

What is the National Council of Vocational Training?

The National Council for Vocational Training, an advisory body, was introduced by the Government of India in 1956 (the then National Council of Training in Vocational Trades—NCTVT). The Council has been entrusted with the responsibilities of aforesaid standards and curricula for craftsmen training, advising the Government of India on the overall policy and programmes, conducting All India Trade Tests and awarding National Trade Certificates.

Organisational Set-Up of NCVT:

The name of the Council shall be National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), strengthened and re-engineered with a broader officially and representation.

The main objectives include the following:

  • Design, development, and maintenance of NVQF which inter-alia includes
  • Making a framework for competency standards, structure of courses, credit structure, accumulation and certification
  • Designing up a framework for affiliation and accreditation of institutions
  • Quality check mechanism
  • Labour-market information system and dissemination of information at the national level
  • Maintaining and evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of national skill-development efforts through appropriate reporting and communication mechanisms

Headquarters :

The headquarters of the Council shall be set up in New Delhi.


The Council shall operate as a central agency to advise the Government of India in framing the training policy and coordinating vocational training throughout India.

Function The functions of the Council shall be to:

  • Organize and award National Trade Certificates in engineering, building, textile and leather trades, and such other trades as may be brought within its scope by the Government of India.
  • Aforesaid standards in respect of syllabi, equipment, and scale of space, duration of courses and methods of training.
  • Arrange trade tests in various trade courses and lay down standards of proficiency mandate for a pass in the trade test leading to the award of National Trade Certificate.
  • Arrange for ad-hoc or time to time inspections of training institutions in the country to ensure that the standards prescribed by the Council are being followed.
  • Setting up training institutions run by the government or by private agencies for purposes of the grant of National Trade Certificates and lay down conditions for such recognition.
  • Opting for if necessary, any person or persons to advise the Council in connection with its work.
  • Mandate qualifications for the technical staff of training institutions.
  • As said the standards and conditions of eligibility for the award of National Trade Certificates.
  • Recommend the provision of additional training facilities, wherever necessary, and render such aid in the setting up of additional training institutions or in the Organisation of additional training programmes as may be possible.
  • Advise the central government regarding distribution to state governments of the contribution of the Government of the country towards expenditure on the Craftsmen Training Scheme.
  • Organizing such other functions as may be entrusted to it by the Government of India.
  • Organizing such functions as are assigned by or under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
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