'The NSQF notification provides a Qualifications Register, which will be the official national database of all qualifications aligned to NSQF levels. Through this Register, learners will have access to all NSQF compliant qualifications.
Approval for inclusion in the Qualifications Register will be given by the National Skills Qualification Committee. The qualifications should be submitted using a Qualification File which will bring together evidence that the qualification is NSQF compliant.
Please submit the forms on this email ID:
Please click here for the Qualification File with Guidance Notification:
On 19th December 2013, the Cabinet Committee on Skill Development approved the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), a quality assurance framework which organizes qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. These levels are defined in terms of learning outcomes which the learner must possess regardless of whether they were acquired through formal, non-formal or informal learning.
The NSQF was notified on 27th Dec 2013, and all other frameworks, including the NVEQF (National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework) released by the Ministry of HRD, have ceased to exist, and have been superceded by the NSQF.
Please click here for the NSQF notification:
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a very important function associated with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). RPL can be defined as “the process of recognising previous learning, often experiential, towards gaining a qualification”.
RPL is of particular significance in India, especially in the informal sector that employs more than 90% of the workforce (MoSPI 2012). While there is an urgent need for ‘skill-based’ training for jobs across the country, the absence of sufficient training avenues prevents the existing workforce to acquire skill training through formal channels. As a result, most of the skill acquisition takes place through informal channels such as family occupation, on-the-job training under master craftsman, etc. Reconciling these issues is at the core of RPL framework in India.
Integrating RPL framework within the general and vocational education systems is the need of the hour. RPL will be particularly beneficial for the youth of the country because it can enable individuals to build on skills acquired. RPL can bridge the entry restrictions of the formal training system by providing clear linkages between vocational learning and formal learning. This will not only enable the socio-economic mobility of workers, but will also facilitate professional/educational progression. An ‘outcomes-based’ approach is integral to the RPL that will recognize skills of workers irrespective of the methods/inputs utilized.
National Workshop on “Strategy Planning for Implementing RPL for Informal Sector Workers”
After the notification of the National Skills Qualification Framework, NSDA had organized a preliminary meeting on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on 27th January 2014. The small number of participants in the first meeting agreed that a broader set of stakeholders should be involved in the process.
In pursuance to the same, The National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), along with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), organized a National Workshop on “Strategy Planning for Implementing RPL for Informal Sector Workers” on 24th April 2014.
The primary objective of the workshop was to develop an action plan for the implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for informal sector workers in India. The workshop comprised of presentations on international and national experiences related to implementation of RPL, followed by interactive question and answer sessions. An important outcome of the workshop was the selection of 6 Sector Skill Councils for pilot studies.
Please click below link for more details:Report on RPL workshop jointly organised by NSDA and NIOS.pdf
Pilot Studies on RPL
The National Skill Development Agency has launched pilots on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in four sectors- Agriculture, Domestic Work, Healthcare, Gems and Jewellery. A separate pilot for the construction sector by the DGET has been initiated as well. The objective of these pilots is to understand not only the implementation processes but also the benefits accruing to the individuals after their skills are formally assessed and certified. In each of these studies certain hypotheses are being tested to gauge the benefits accruing from the formal certification of skills. This is being done through tracer studies under a common framework jointly developed with the International Labour Organization (ILO), and being implemented by the ILO.
An EOI was floated for the second phase of the RPL pilot studies in India on 28th November 2014. A total of 84 applications were received by the NSDA.
For EOI, please click here:EOI_RPL_28th Nov 2014.pdf
List of EOI's received is as belows:EOI_RPL_28th Nov 2014.pdf
Update: In light of the impending policy on RPL and given the numerous RPL programmes already underway, it has been decided that Phase II of the RPL studies will be discontinued.
Workshop on RPL on 16th Feb,2015
In the recent months a number of agencies/stakeholders have initiated programmes on RPL across the country. As a result, it was felt appropriate to have a workshop to bring a wider stakeholder consensus on various issues pertaining to the implementation of RPL in the country. The NSDA organized a workshop on 16.02.2015, with the objective of understanding the status of various RPL project, and also benefit from the expertise of Mr. Paul Farrelly, an international expert on RPL who is a part of the India-EU project. There was consensus amongst the participants of the workshop for a consistent approach to RPL in India and the formulation of draft policy on RPL in India.
Please click below link for more details:RPL Workshop Minutes
Draft Policy on RPL
At present under the NSQF, National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) is the nodal body for the implementation of the NSQF and as an extension the RPL. However, there is no coordination and quality assurance- processes for training, assessments, and certifications- between the various stakeholders involved. In the absence of the same, an RPL policy and guideline has been developed. The primary objectives of the RPL framework for India are as follows:
The framework envisages two compulsory stages for RPL – Advise and Assess. Each of these processes must be gone through in respect of every individual undergoing RPL. The third process – Audit – shall be applied for randomly selected candidates, as a quality check measure.
The NSDA has developed a draft policy document for RPL and the same has been submitted to the Ministry of Skill Development for its approval. All relevant stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the policy and guidelines for RPL.
Please click below link for the draft RPL Policy:Draft RPL Policy
NSQF Workshop on Career Progression in the Allied Healthcare Sector
Date : Submitted on Wed, 20/08/2014 - 4:58pm
To deliberate the operationalization of the NSQF in the Allied Healthcare sector, the NSDA organized a full day workshop on 1st July 2014 at the Planning Commission, New Delhi.
National Workshop on Strategy Planning for Implementing RPL for Informal Sector Workers
Date : Submitted on Tue, 27/05/2014 - 6:08pm
The National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), along with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), organized a National Workshop on “Strategy Planning for Implementing RPL for Informal Sector Workers” on 24th April 2014.