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'.
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 catalyzing and creation of large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions. NSDC was set up as part of a National Skill Development Mission to fulfill the growing need in India for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills.
Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) are industry-led bodies, who would be responsible for the defining the skilling needs, concept, processes, certification, accreditation of their respective industry sectors. The SSCs prescribe the National Occupation Standards (NOS) and Qualification Pack (QPs) for the job roles relevant to their industry 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 the required parameters set for Training Centres (TC) to conduct the training. IA visits the TC to determine if it meets the Accreditation Standards.
Skill Management and AccReditation of Training Centres (SMART) is an Information Technology (IT) initiative to create synergies among the stakeholders of the Skill Ecosystem and streamline the skill development initiatives. SMART provides a single window application that focusses on the Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres (TC) in the Skill Ecosystem and intends to address the important issues like evaluating skill providers in an objective manner, fostering excellence in TCs, and enabling trainees to make informed choices with regard to TCs. SMART facilitates standardized and effective processes with respect to Accreditation, Affiliation, and Continuous Monitoring of the TCs, which shall play a significant role in achieving the desired quality standards across various schemes.
Centre Accreditation is a process that helps in effective management and delivery of the competency-based training aimed at overall development of the trainees. The Centre Accreditation ensures that the Training Centre (TC) has met prescribed qualitative standards, which have been pre-set by the respective SSCs. It involves a combined mechanism of self-evaluation by the TCs and an external evaluation by a Third Party Inspection Agency to determine if the prescribed qualitative standards are met by the TC.
The Training Provider needs to Register as a Training Provider on SMART. After registration and form submission, Training Provider will receive login credentials over an e-mail and short service message(sms). The Training Provider shall login to the SMART –“Login as Training Provider” using the same login credentials and can register a new Training Centre(s)
Yes, The Training Provider needs to pay a one-time Application Registration fee of INR 10,000, for which an online payment provision is provided through SMART for Centre Accreditation. Refer to Knowledge Bank for more details.

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 provide details of the required parameters, such as Infrastructure, Job Roles, Tools and Equipment. Before you begin the form filling process, it is recommended that you download the static format of CAAF to understand the details/ documents required for successful submission of CAAF.
  • Uploading supporting evidences, such as geo-tagged/time stamped data and pictures of the equipment/tools/machinery, by using the mobile application based technology
  • Making online payment of the annual Accreditation Fee
NO. You first need to be registered as Training Provider, only then you can apply for accreditation of your Training Centre
Centre Accreditation Application Form (CAAF) is a type of Self-Assessment Report that the Training Centre (TC) is expected to submit. CAAF allows the Inspection Agency to ascertain if the applicant TC provides sufficient evidence and information for scheduling an on-site visit. 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 and equipment.
If you are already a Registered Training Provider on SMART, and the Training Centre has been created. You can upload the CAAF data by “ Log in as Training Centre”, enter the Training Centre Id and password, and fill up all the details. The picture data uploading activity 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.

You first need to pay a one time fee for registration as Training Provider. Refer to Q8. Post creation of the Training Centre on SMART, following structure of Accreditation Fee is applicable to all the Training Centres that apply for accreditation:

  1. A Base Cost of INR 20,000. This amount includes the following components :

    S no Fee description Fees (Amount in INR) Remarks
    1 Annual Accreditation Application Fee 12,000 Cost pertaining to the on-site inspection of the Training Centre
    2 Annual Continuous Monitoring Fee 8000 Cost pertaining to Annual Continuous Monitoring that includes surprise visits (if any) and monitoring through various other means, such as Call Validation, Management Information System (MIS) data, and analysis of online reports submitted by the Training Centre.
  2. Incremental Cost of INR 1000 for each job role, over and above the Base Cost.

Refer to Knowledge Bank for more details

The Inspection Agency reviews the Self-Assessment Request i.e. 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 the Inspection Agency is satisfied with the CAAF, as submitted by the TC.
  • The Deemed Not Ready status denotes that the Inspection Agency is dissatisfied with the CAAF the report may beincomplete or incorrect. In such cases, the Inspection Agency sends a communication to the concerned TC that it does not seem to be ready for the on-site visit, giving detailed comments/ justification.
No, the on-site inspection date is provided by the Inspection Agency. However, the Training Centre may request for a change of inspection date only once. The next date, may be deferred to 30 to 90 days or more, considering the Inspection Agency’s pre-scheduled plan to visit other TCs.
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.
Yes. The Training Centre (TC) can re-apply. In case of 'Not Recommended for Accreditation status’, the Inspection Agency provides its response with details of non-compliance with the concerned standards. The TC once ready with the compliances as per the Accreditation Standards may re-apply for the accreditation process with a fresh request. The request may or may not be accepted by NSDC, depending upon the reasons of not recommending the Training Centre for accreditation.
An aggrieved Training Centre (TC), which is not satisfied with the result of the accreditation, can file a written representation of appeal to the Appellate Committee, along with a payment of INR 12,000. Training Centre has to make an appeal within 15 days of receiving the result of the accreditation status. The Committee will consider the appeal and make recommendation as per the situation and evidences. The process of making an appeal will be soon be active on SMART.
No, the Appellate Committee’s decision will be final and binding.
The Accreditation of a Training Centre is valid for a period of one year. Refer to Knowledge Bank for more details.
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.
A Training Centre (TC) will get an affiliation with the respective SSC. A TC needs to pay an Affiliation Fees and TC shall be charged an amount of INR 6,000 for every job role affiliation with the respective SSC. The entire affiliation fee is payable to the respective SSC. Only an accredited TC can apply for affiliation.
Yes. Though, Centre Accreditation is a voluntary process. It is, however, mandatory for a Training Centre to go through the process of accreditation that wishes to impart training aligned to National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Centre Accreditation is a voluntary process. It is, however, mandatory to go through the process for a Training Centre that wishes to impart training aligned to National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
The Centre Accreditation process is envisaged to be carried out by the Inspection Agency/ Agencies empaneled by NSDC.
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.

SAR is one of the most vital tools used for compliance and performance monitoring of the scheme.

SAR will have a significant impact in promoting self-analysis, thereby enabling the Training Centre (TC) to do its continuous improvement. Once the training commences, the TC is expected to conduct its self-audit with respect to all the standards listed in the Compliance Standards Metrics and Performance Standards Metrics. The prescribed format of SAR shall be made available at the SMART soon.

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. Renewal notice may or may not be issued to the TC before expiry of the accreditation. The responsibility for applying for renewal in time shall be lies with the concerned TC. It must apply for the same at least three months prior to the expiry date. TCs that do not adhere to these timelines may not be found eligible for applying for renewal of Accreditation.
Training Centre (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.
No, payment can only be made through the payment gateway provided on the portal.
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, the Training Centre will not be recommended for Accreditation.
A Training Centre which is being operated on a Rented or Leased property can upload the copy of Rent Agreement as the address proof in the CAAF(Centre Accreditation Application Form). The Rent Agreement should be between the Training Centre Owner and the Building owner to reflect the association between both the parties.
Yes, only wherein the concept of Hybrid classroom is applicable. Same has been separately mentioned in the SMART guidelines available on
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
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:
  • 20 candidates - For class of size 200 to 249 sq. ft.,
  • 25 candidates - For class of size 250 to 299 sq. ft.
  • 30 candidates for above 300 sq. ft.
Please refer to our Knowledge Bank for Accreditation Standards Grading Metrics and Guidelines document.
After Training Centre (TC) gets "Deemed Ready" status on his SMART application dashboard, anytime within 12 working days, physical inspection is carried out - conditioned to acceptance of dates provided to TC on his application dashboard.
All Training Providers are required to maintain the attendance of candidates and trainers in physical form through daily In & Out time signature in the attendance register. The same shall be confirmed by the assessor. This will be followed till further instructions
All Training Providers are required to maintain the attendance of candidates and trainers in physical form through daily In & Out time signature in the attendance register. The same shall be confirmed by the assessor. This will be followed till further instructions.
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 a Rs 10/- notarized stamp paper together with the copy of arrangement / tieup 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 Sqmtr area. Min 1 (one)
Micro Irrigation Technician Demonstration Field of atleast 500 Sqmtr 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 of 200 sq ft.
  Depending on the type of the TP, the documents to be submitted are as follows:
Partnership Firm Proprietorship Company or LLP Society Trust
Registered partnership deed a. GST and Sales Tax Certificate (In case Organization is established in 2015 then Sales Tax Certificate should be of 2015) OR b. GST and Proof of Registration (In case Organization is established in 2017) OR c. MSME Certificate, Trade License issued by competent authority Certificate of Incorporation and CIN/LLPIN number Certificate issued by registrar of firms and societies Registered trust deed
 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 duly stamped and registered
  • TAN Allotment letter issued in the name of the entity
  • 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.
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 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.
Quarterly grades shall be computed as an average of monthly score percentage achieved in three months’ of the quarter.
Yes, Training Centre can apply for more Job Roles. However, you will have to pay the applicable Accreditation and Affiliation Fee again.
The validity of accreditation of a TC is one year from the date of accreditation. The validity will automatically expire at the end of one year. Renewal notice may or may not be issued to the TC before expiry of the accreditation. The responsibility for applying for renewal in time shall be lies with the concerned TC. It must apply for the same at least three months prior to the expiry date. TCs that do not adhere to these timelines may not be found eligible for applying for renewal of Accreditation.
An application is unblocked after three unsuccessful attempts at getting your application/CAAF marked ‘Deemed Ready’. An application can be unblocked 60 days after the date of blocking, after a payment of Rs. 2000.
Please check the Saturation Index posted on the PMKVY official website to check your eligibility. Accreditation and Affiliation is the minimum requirement to be eligible for PMKVY scheme, it does not guarantee targets. Targets will be allocated within 15 days of affiliation, with reference to the Saturation Index.
Last 3 years turnover is required when the company has been operating for that much time. If the company is new, this is not required.
When you click on “Register” as a Training Provider, a summary/note appears, which contains the list of documents required to register as a Training Provider.
This functionality is under development and will be available soon on the portal.
This functionality is under development and will be available soon on the portal.
Trainers cannot be change on SMART after affiliation. But TC can change the trainer later without updating it on SMART portal and can show the document of existing trainer during inspection.
Please send an email to support.smart@nsdcindia.org with a screenshot of the issue.
Process for complying to continuous monitoring:
  • Please install the TC app [This app is the same app which you have used to submit pictures for CAAF submission], “SMART NSDC Training Center App from Google Play store”
  • Login on the app [Use the same login id, password] as you use on SMART.
  • You will receive a link to upload details, every week.
  • Every week, you need to submit the pictures for the relevant points mentioned in the push, within 24 hours after receiving the link.
  • In case you are not able to submit the pictures, please write the reason for the same on a blank sheet of paper, click that picture, and submit that picture for every data point.
  • In case you want to submit the data points at a later stage, you can tap on the Bell button, in the TC app, and then submit the pictures for all the relevant data points.
View User Manual for Continuous Monitoring
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.