Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The Union Cabinet had approved India’s largest Skill Certification Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojana (PMKVY), on 20 March, 2015. The Scheme was subsequently launched on 15 July, 2015, on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day by Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. PMKVY is implemented by National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development
and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). With a vision of a “Skilled India”, MSDE aims to skill India on a large scale with speed and high standards. PMKVY is the flagship scheme that is driving towards greater realisation of this vision. Owing to the its successful first year of implementation, the Union Cabinet has approved the Scheme for another four years (2016-2020) to impart skilling to 10 million youth of the country. This booklet contains the various Guidelines under the Scheme that participating agencies need to abide by.

About Center Accreditation:
Center Accreditation is a quality assurance process under which required Parameters of Training Centers are evaluated.
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 Centers, creating the need of Center Accreditation. Accreditation focuses on learning, self-development and encourages the Training Center to pursue continual excellence.
The process involves a combined mechanism of self-evaluation by the Centers and an external evaluation by a Third Party Inspection Agency, (herein referred to as ‘Inspection Agency’), to determine if prescribed qualitative standards are met by the Training Center.

Objective and Benefits:
The Center Accreditation process helps in effective management and delivery of the competency based training aimed at overall development of the trainees. Accreditation ensures that the Training Center has met prescribed qualitative standards which have been pre-set by the respective Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).
With this aim, it is imperative that the trainees have confidence in the quality of
training provided by the Training Centers. Some of the objectives of Center Accreditation include:To assess the Training Centers and their rograms/courses/job roles that meet prescribed quality standards, herein referred to as ‘Accreditation Standards’.
It is observed that the Training Centers very often differ in their methods of imparting skills training, infrastructural facilities, curriculum alignment etc. Center Accreditation Process helps in establishing framework to benchmark a Center with other Training Centers. (Refer to Grading of the Training Centers for more details). An Accredited Center provides assurance to a number of vital stakeholders such as the trainees,
the employers and the public in general, that the Training Center has met stablished standards necessary to impart the training under specific job roles. The responsibility for assuring the quality of a Training Center rests with the Training Center itself.
Center Accreditation is a voluntary process, it is however mandatory to go through the process for a training agency that wishes to impart training aligned to National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). In order to participate and implement any Skill Development Scheme funded by Government of India, alignment to NSQF is mandatory. It is envisaged that post 31st December 2016, the alignment to NSQF is mandatory even for fee based training program.
Center Accreditation also helps in awarding an initial Grade to the Center. (Refer to Grading of Training Centers for more details)

Only an Accredited Center becomes eligible for affiliation by the Sector Skill Council
(SSC) with respect to specific job roles. The Center Accreditation process is envisaged to be carried out by the Inspection Agency registered with NSDC. However, there could be more than one Inspection Agencies that may be empanelled and authorised to carry out the Center Accreditation process. The agency may establish any additional operating procedures it deems appropriate, subject to approval of Accreditation Committee. (Accreditation Committee’s concept is explained in the note).Training Centers are advised to regularly access the NSDC website ( for the up-to-date versions of the Center Accreditation Process and related documents.
Training Centers have to undergo a two step process of Center Accreditation and Center Affiliation in order to participate in a Government Funded Skill Development Scheme.