FAQs

The Ministry for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has been formed to focus on enhancing employability of the youth through skill development. The Ministry is responsible for co-ordination of all skill development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, building the vocational and technical training framework, skill up-gradation, building of new skills, and innovative thinking not only for existing jobs but also jobs that are to be created. The Ministry aims to Skill on a large Scale with Speed and high Standards in order to achieve its vision of a 'Skilled India'. For more details please refer .
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a one of its kind, Public Private Partnership in India, under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). It aims to promote skill development by catalysing and creating large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions. NSDC was set up as part of a National Skill Development Mission to fulfil the growing need in India for skilled manpower across sectorsand narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills. For more details please refer .
Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) are industry-led bodies, who are responsible for defining the skillingrequirements, standards, certification, and accreditation of their respective industry sectors. The SSCs prescribethe National Occupation Standards (NOS) and Qualification Pack (QPs) for the job roles relevant to theirindustry and ensure that these are in accordance with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Inspection Agency (IA) or Third-Party Inspection Agency is an independent body responsible for evaluating therequired parameters set for Training Centres (TC) to conduct the training. IA conducts desktop assessment and visits the TC to determine if itmeets the Accreditation Standards.
Skill Management and AccReditation of Training Centres (SMART) provides a single window IT application that focuses on the Accreditation, Grading,Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres (TC) in the Skill Ecosystem and intends to address issues like quality benchmarks, fostering excellence in Training Centres, enabling trainees to make informed choices with regard to Training Centres etc. SMART aims at convergence of efforts of all the stakeholders in the skill ecosystem in providing the standardized infrastructure. Accreditation and Affiliation through SMART covers various Central and State Government Schemes, Private initiatives, CSR etc. thus making it a scheme agnostic platform.
The Centre Accreditation ensures that the TrainingCentre (TC) has met prescribed quality standardspre-set by NSDC and the respective SSCs.
The training provider can visit the TP registration page on SMART website and submit the TP registration form.After registration and form submission, the Inspection Agency conducts desktop assessment of the registration form and marks the TP as “Deemed Ready” if all the details are found correct.
The TPs must provide a CA Certificate for their annual turnover. The Certificate needs to be on a letter head, stamped and signed with date by CA mentioning his / her CA membership number and firm registration number. Note: No other document will be accepted.
In case any document is in a language other than English/Hindi, the document must be translated into English/Hindi by a professional translator and should provide details (Name, sign etc.) of the translator along with his/her seal. An affidavit on stamp paper of Rs100 duly notarised, stating that the true and correct translation of respective document has been submitted, shall also be furnished by TP/TC as the case may be.
Yes, The Training Provider (TP) needs to pay an Application Registration fee of INR 10,000, for which anonline payment provision is provided in SMART portal. The TP registration on SMART will be valid for 3 years. Post which, the TP will have to re-apply for registration.
No, payment can only be made through the payment gateway provided on the portal.
Yes. The TP can update the application if marked Deemed Not Ready. The TP can access the assessment report to check for errors in the application and update it accordingly.
Once TP application is accorded with ‘Deemed Ready’ status, it becomes eligible to create multiple TCs under it.
There is no limit to number of TCs under any TP.A Deemed Ready TP can create as many TCs they want under them.
NO. You first need to be registered as Training Provider, only then you can apply for accreditation of your Training Centre.
Once the applicant creates TC under its TP, a TC username and password is shared on TCSPOC email through which they can log into the TC dashboard on SMART.The applicant then fills up and submits the Centre Accreditation and Affiliation Form (CAAF) by paying applicable fee.
No there is no last date. However, tickers and notices are made available on the SMART website whenever the registration is placed on hold.
Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF) is a type of Self-Assessment Report that the Training Centre (TC) submits on SMART. The Centre has to submit it online in the prescribed CAAF format. The CAAF contains all the relevant evidences/ documents/ pictures of the required parameters, such as infrastructure, machinery, tools, equipment etc.
If you are already a Registered Training Provider on SMART, and the Training Centre has been created, you can upload the CAAF data byclicking “Log in as Training Centre” and entering the Training Centre Id and password, andfill up all the details. The uploading of photographs will be facilitated through a mobile application-based technology, whereby the Training Centre would be able to upload geo-tagged/ time stamped data or pictures. Instruction for downloading the app is mentioned in CAAF.
The Centre ID will be available on SMART for only 2 months from the date of creation, post which these IDs along with all details will be removed from the SMART. These Centre IDs will no longer be available under Training Provider SMART dashboard and Centre will not be able to access the CAAF form with the stated Centre IDs.
Your Training Provider needs to be registered first on SMART. A Training Centre can apply for Accreditation by filling the online Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF) on SMART, wherein TC needs to providedetails of the required parameters, such as Infrastructure, Job Roles, Tools and Equipment. Also, the TC must upload supporting evidences, such as geo-tagged/time stamped data and pictures of theequipment/tools/machinery, by using the mobile application-based technology. Centre accreditation comprises of two stages.
Yes. The Training Provider needs to “Register as a Training Provider” on the SMART. After registration and form submission, Training Provider will receive an e-mail and message along with an “Application Registration Number” and “password”. These login Credentials will be sent to the e-mail address and contact number of the authorized person mentioned in the registration form. The Training Provider shall login to the SMART –“Login as Training Provider” using the same login credentials and can register a new Training Centre. A Training Centre needs to apply for Centre Accreditation on SMART and Affiliation with respective SSCs.
Centre Accreditation process consists of two stages: Stage-1: Desktop Assessment Stage-2: Physical Inspection
In Stage-1, desktop assessment of the CAAF is conducted by the Inspection Agency. The Inspection Agency reviews the Self-Assessment Report i.e. the Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF) submitted by the concerned Training Centre (TC), post which theyprovide a Desktop Assessment status as ‘Deemed Ready’ or ‘Deemed Not Ready’. The Deemed Ready status denotes that the information submitted by the TC in the CAAFisin compliancewith the SMART accreditation standards. The Deemed Not Ready status denotes that the Inspection Agency is not satisfied with the CAAF as it does not comply with the accreditation standards. The Desktop Assessment report of the application is available on the TC dashboard.
  • Any one of the following documents will be accepted as address proof for a TC/TP:Income Tax Assessment Order in the name of the Organization.
  • Property ownership deed i.e. Title deeds of the property in the name of the entity dulystamped and registered.
  • Bank statements, electricity bill, telephone bills (of BSNL or MTNL only), utility bills etc. in the name of the entity clearly mentioning the address; NOT older than 2 months.
  • PAN intimation letter issued by IT authority. It must bear name, and address of the entity. This should be accompanied by Copy of the PAN card in the name of entity.
  • Registration certificate/license issued by Municipal authorities such as Shop & Establishment certificate. Registration certificate of recognized Provident Fund with PF commissioner.
  • Rent agreement to be in the name of the TP/TC (for example if the TP/TC name is ABC limited then the rent agreement should be in the name of ABC limited only) and should be attached as a supporting document along with the Telephone Bill or Electricity Bill of the Owner whose name is mentioned as one of the party in the rent agreement. Bills not older than 2 months. Telephone Bill and Electricity Bill to be of a Government entity such as Telephone Bill from MTNL or BSNL only to be accepted). Also, the rent agreement in the name of SPOC etc. will not be accepted.
  • PF Registration Certificate.
  • GST Registration.
  • Income TAX assessment order.
  • TAN Allotment letter.
The Hybrid arrangement is applicable only where respective SSC has allowed the same. For details, refer Lab specifications in the Knowledge Bank section on SMART.
As per the updated SMART guidelines, Training Centre (TC) to have Lab area as per following specifications: Criteria of 10 Sq ft/1 per candidate and SSC Lab area Specifications whichever is higher Please refer to Knowledge Bank for more details.
As per the updated SMART guidelines, Training Centre (TC) can have batches as per the following metric: 1. 20candidates - For class of size 200 to 249 sq. ft., 2. 25 candidates - For class of size 250 to 299 sq. ft. 3. 30 candidates for above 300 sq. ft. Please refer to our Knowledge Bank for Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics and Guidelines document.
In case a Training Centre wish to divide a large area into multiple classrooms/labs/facility to meet relevant infrastructure requirements, the separation between two rooms should be complete up to the roof i.e. should be 100% covered. For example, if height up till roof is 11 ft then separating wall should also be 11 ft.
In such areas where Aadhar is not available, an exemption is provided for the AEBAS machine. However, a Non-Aadhar Enabled BAS machine should be available at the Centre.
The additional area refers to the area (other than a classroom) required for practical/ demonstration (exception Animal Health Worker job role where lab is also required in addition to the demonstration area). Storeroom are not included as additional areas.
Please refer to the Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics for Agriculture SSC under Knowledge Bank Tab.
No, but if it is not TP/TC owned then there has to be a declaration by the TP on Rs 10/- notarized stamp paper together with the copy of agreement / tie-up with the facility provider on the provider’s letterhead signed by the provider’s authorized signatory.

Demonstration/ Practical Area specification in case of Agriculture job roles (PMKVY 2.0)

Job role Demonstration area means (within 3 KM from centre) Specifications (in addition to the equipment specified in the Knowledge Bank Tab)
Animal Health Worker Facility with Livestock Min 20 livestock
Aquaculture worker Functional / cultured Aquatic pond/ ponds Min 1 (one)
Green House Operator Availability of Greenhouse / poly House Min 1 (one)
Dairy Farmer/ Entrepreneur Functional dairy Having Min 5 livestock
Tractor operator Availability of min 1 Tractor Additionally 1 or 2 attachments.
Gardener Any planted garden (Including terrace garden) of 500 Sq mtr area. Min 1 (one)
Micro Irrigation Technician Demonstration Field of at least 500 Sq mtr Min One Micro irrigation system
Organic Grower Organic farm/field Min 1 (one)
Quality Seed Grower Cultivated / under cultivation Farm / Field for seeds Min 1 (one)
Small poultry farmer Running poultry Unit/ farm Minimum 100 birds
The IT/Computer Laboratory (a clearly demarcated area with atleast 10 computers/laptops ) for life skills/ soft skills training should have a minimum area of200 sq ft.
The Inspection Agency reviews the Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF) submitted by the concerned Training Centre (TC), post which it provides it a status of ‘Deemed Ready’ or ‘Deemed Not Ready’. The Deemed Ready status denotes that there is no deficiency in the information provided by TC. The Deemed Not Ready status denotes that there are deficiencies in the CAAF which TC needs to correct and re-submit CAAF.
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 Training Centre (TC) would be measured by assigning the scores. The corresponding scores are then converted into grades (represented by a Star rating). Based on band/range of the total percentage as per the scores computed, the TCs shall be graded as 1 to 5 Star where 5 Star denotes the highest grade, and 1 Star the lowest.

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.

Percentage of Scores Grade
85-100 % 5 star
70- 84 % 4 star
55 -69 % 3 star
40 -54 % 2 star
Below 40 % 1 star
Affiliation is a method for the Training Centres (TC) to get formally associated with Sector Skill Councils in order to impart training to trainees for specific job roles aligned to NSQF. Accreditation and Affiliation are the measuring scales for the provision of quality skilling by the TCs and facilitates related assessment and certification.
If the TC gets “Deemed Ready” status from the inspection agency, then the stage-1 of the accreditation process is complete and the TC receives a “Letter of Registration”. The letter of registration can be downloaded by the TC from its SMART login.
Yes. The TC will get two additional chances to update their CAAF after getting Deemed Not Ready (DNR). After getting ‘Deemed Not Ready’ status for the 3rd time, the TC application is blocked. The applicants can get their application unblocked after paying the required fee.
Letter of Registration (LOR) is issued to a Training Centre after it successfully completes the Desktop Assessment stage (Stage 1) of the Accreditation process. The desktop assessment is conducted by the Inspection Agency basis the information provided by the applicant during filling up CAAF. This information is validated remotely via desktop assessment on the Accreditation standards and SSC specifications. The LOR is valid for 1 year from the date of issuing.
LOR contains tentative score and grading which is basis the information provided by the training centre. LOR indicates that the centre has been accorded with ‘Deemed Ready’ status after clearing the Desktop Assessment. Post receiving LOR centre can upload the recommendation letter received from respective scheme/ recommending agency to proceed to Stage 2 Please note LOR is not same as recommendation letter and should not be uploaded while applying for recommendation on SMART as per stage 2.
The TC needs to pay INR 3000 for stage-1 of the accreditation process. If a TC gets blocked after getting DNR 3 times, then the TC will have to pay INR 2000 for unblocking the TC. All fees are to be paid online on SMART portal by the TC.
No. The applicant has to pay only Rs.3000 even if they choose multiple job roles for Desktop Assessment Stage.
Yes. The TC must complete stage-1 and before applying for stage-2.
Only those TCs which have successfully completed stage-1 and have been recommended by respective recommending agency can apply for stage-2 i.e. physical inspection. Without recommendation from any SSDM/SSC/donor agency, the TC will not be proceeded for stage-2.
Inspection Agency will check all the information that you have submitted in CAAF. To validate Inspection Agency shall check the evidences by a thorough inspection of the classrooms, laboratories, library, and documents, and also by interacting with the trainers and other relevant staff of the Training Centre (TC). The Inspection Agency will conduct the inspection via Mobile Application technology, and the process shall include uploading of the geo-tagged and time stamped pictures of the TC.
In such cases, TCs job role/s will not be recommended to the concerned SSC/s for Accreditation.
No. Only those TCs will be eligible for applying for Physical Inspection (Stage-2) that will be formally recommended by any SSDM/SSC/donor agency.
The recommendation letter is an official document provided by the SSDM/state/central govt schemes to the TP/TC allowing the TC to work with the SSDM for PMKVY CSSM component or any other state or central government scheme. The letter could be a work order, target allocation letter or any other such document. The format for the letter is at the discretion of the Recommending authority.
After getting recommended by respective recommending agency (such as SSDM, SSC, etc.), the TC will have to login on SMART TC dashboard and apply for stage-2 by uploading the Recommendation Letter and paying the requisite fees. Once TC submits the recommendation letter it goes to the concerned recommending scheme/agency for approval.
Yes. If a TC is recommended for conducting training under any NSQF aligned Govt. funded scheme, then the TC will have to clear the physical inspection successfully and gain Accreditation and Affiliation from the concerned SSC.
After the recommendation letter is approved by the concerned scheme/agency, a link for physical inspection will be made available on the TC dashboard.The TC have to pay the requisite fees and apply for physical inspection of the recommended job roles.
The TC has to pay INR 10,000 + INR 1,000 per job role while applying for physical inspection.
Once a TC pays the applicable fees and applies for stage-2, the application is forwarded to the Inspection Agency for scheduling of physical inspection. On Inspection Agency’s recommendation for Accreditation/Conditional Accreditation, the application is forwarded to the concerned SSCs for final approval.
No. the on-site inspection date is provided by the Inspection Agency. However, the Training Centre gets an option to Accept or Reject the inspection date. The TC can reject the inspection date only once. The next inspection date may defer by 15-90 days.
If the TC does not accept or reject the provided date for the 1st time on the dashboard within 48 hours, it will get auto-rejected. The 2nd time the date gets auto-accepted. The TC does not get the option to reject the date 2nd time.
Once a TC applies for physical inspection, the IA will share a date for the same on the SMART dashboard of the TC. The TC will have to login onto SMART and Accept/Reject the inspection date within 48 hours of receiving the date.
Under rare circumstances, if the Inspection Agency fails to reach the Training Centre on the scheduled date, the Training Centre shall be allotted an earliest priority date for onsite inspection.
No. After inspection is completed, the inspection report is shared with the respective SSCs. Once SSCs verifies the reports and marks the accreditation status, the TC will get the accreditation certificate.
No. If the Inspection Agency has not recommended the job role for accreditation then the Inspection Report will not be shared with the concerned SSC. Also, if the TC is marked Not-Qualified, the inspection report will not be shared with the SSC.
If a TC does not comply with any of the mandatory parameters as mentioned in the grading metrics, then the IA marks the TC as “Not-Qualified”. All such centres will not be forwarded to the SSC for accreditation of its job roles.
Yes. The Training Centre (TC) can re-apply. But TC needs to follow the Stage 1 and Stage 2 process.
An aggrieved TC, which is not satisfied with the result/process of the inspection/accreditation, can incorporate online observations against inspection report on SMART portal within 7 days of report being uploaded on SMART/within 7 days if SSC marked not accredited the respective centre. The same would be commented upon by the Inspection Agency/SSC as well. If the TC is still not satisfied by the IA/SSC comments, TC can file online appeal through this process module to the Accreditation Committee, along with a payment (online) of INR 10,000. The TC has to make an appeal within 07 days of receiving the comments of the inspection/accreditation status. The Committee will consider the appeal and make recommendation as per the situation and evidences.
Yes, there is a stipulated time for appeal. An aggrieved TC, which is not satisfied with the result/process of the inspection/accreditation, can incorporate online observations against inspection report on SMART portal within 7 days of report being uploaded on SMART/within 7 days if SSC marked not accredited the respective centre.
No, the Accreditation Committee’s decision will be final and binding.
Yes. The TC can edit its CAAF by paying the requisite fees after receiving the “Letter of Registration”. The TC can also add/delete any job role by this process.
The TC cannot make changes in their application after they have submitted the CAAF. Once the Desktop Assessment is conducted and the result is released, the TC can re-apply for Stage 1
The Inspection Agency will conduct the desktop assessment of the CAAF and provide the status of Deemed Ready or Deemed Not Ready based on the application’s compliance, submitted by the TC. If the TC gets “Deemed Ready” status from the inspection agency, then the stage-1 of the accreditation process is complete and the TC receives a “Letter of Registration”. The letter of registration can be downloaded from the TC dashboard.
The TC has to pay INR 3000 to make any changes in its CAAF. The TC will have to re-apply for Stage-1. If a TC gets blocked after getting DNR 3 times, then the TC will have to pay INR 2000 for unblocking the TC. All fees are to be paid online on SMART portal by the TC.
No. The TC mustmake the required changes before completing Stage 1. Once the TC applies for Stage-2, it will not be able to edit its CAAF. TC will be proceeded for Physical inspection directly after applying for stage-2.
Yes. Once stage-2 i.e. physical inspection is completed, the TC can re-apply for Desktop Assessment stage, wherein it will get chance to make necessary changes in its CAAF.
For TC applications that are currently ‘Under Assessment/Re-assessment, the Desktop Assessment (DA) will be conducted. Once the TC application is marked Deemed Ready by the Inspection Agency, a Letter of Registration (LOR) will be issued. The fee submitted by the applicant will be refunded except for Rs.3000 which is the DA Fee. For details kindly refer to notice dated 17 July 2018.
Inspections will be conducted for only those TCs that have been formally recommended by a scheme/SSDM/Donor agency. If the TC is not recommended by any such scheme/agency, refund will be made to the TC less Rs.3000 which is the DA fee.
Inspections will be conducted for only those TCs that have been formally recommended by a scheme/SSDM/Donor agency. If the applicant is not recommended by any such scheme/agency, and has applied for Inspection with changes in CAAF, in that case DA will be conducted. A refund will be made for the fee paid by the applicant less Rs3000 which is the DA fee. For TCs that have applied for Inspection without changes in CAAF, full amount of the fee will be refunded.
Yes, at Stage 2 Recommendation Letter is required by the TC from the scheme/SSDM/donor agency under which they want to participate, to apply for the Re-accreditation process.
As per the new guidelines, the applicant will be allowed to make changes in the CAAF including addition/deletion of job roles, when the application is marked Deemed Not Ready.
No. Two classrooms/labs or a classroom and a lab cannot share a common entrance. Each class/lab should have a separate entrance. Also, the entrance for one class/lab cannot be through another class/lab, thus they cannot be interconnected.
Continuous Monitoring is envisaged to regularly assess the effectiveness of various processes at the Training Centres. In order to overcome significant challenges that remain with regards to the delivery of quality of training, Continuous Monitoring of the TCs is crucial. Please refer to Knowledge Bank for more details.
The applicant can submit the photographs of class/lab even if there is no batch ongoing,as SMART only captures the infrastructure available at the TC.
The validity of accreditation of a Training Centre (TC) is one year from the date of accreditation. The validity will automatically expire at the end of one year. The option to apply for Reaccreditation will be provided on the TC dashboard 3 months prior to the date of expiry of Accreditation of a job role. The TC will have to make the required payments and go through Stage 1 and 2 of the Accreditation and Affiliation process.
In addition to the parameters mentioned in the Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics following conditions should be mandatorily present at the Centre: SSC ToT Certified Trainers for all Job Roles (for which re-accreditation is applied)NIESBUD Certification AEBAS There will be no Conditional Accreditation as Training Centre has already run the operations for this Centre for more than a year and it is expected that TC has fulfilled all the conditions in last 1 year.
A TC will not be able to apply for Re-inspection in case any of the Job Role(s) for which TC has been accredited/ conditionally accredited is/ are getting de-accredited after 3 months.
Yes, the entire Centre including all the Job Roles (whether Accredited/ Conditionally Accredited/ De-accredited) will be inspected during re-accreditation. The fees will be as follows:
  • INR 3,000 for Stage 1
  • INR 10,000 + INR 1,000 per Job Role for which TC has applied for Re-accreditation (this Fees is for Stage 2 and re-accreditation inspection will be conducted only if Job Roles are recommended by any Scheme/ Recommending Agency)
No. To get the de-accredited Job Roles accredited again, the TC needs to apply for Re-accreditation only. The option to apply for Re-accreditation is made available, 3 months in advance from the date of de-accreditation on the TC’s dashboard.
A Centre can apply for recommendation by approaching any scheme directly and follow the process laid down by the respective agency.