The National Vocational Training Council, NCVT, is an advisory body established by the Government of India in 1956. This council, formerly known as the National Council for Vocational Training (NCTVT), operated under the established guidelines of the Directorate General of Training (DGT), the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, and the Government of India.
NCVT is tasked with advising the Government of India on general policies/programs, establishing standards and curricula required for training artisans, administering tests across India, and awarding candidates national trade certificates NCVT administers exams such as the All India Trade Examination (AITT), Apprentice Training Scheme (ATS) and Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS).
Another council, known as SCVT, deals with the same issues as NCVT but at the state level. The full SCVT is the State Council for Vocational Education, a small part of the NCVT and operated at the state level.
An NCVT certificate is awarded upon completion of an ITI course within the jurisdiction of the NCVT. An NCVT certificate is very important as it indicates that the candidate has completed the course. The exams administered by NCVT include Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS), Apprentice Training Scheme (ATS) and All India Trade Test (AITT). The Directorate General of Training (DGT) oversees the operation of industrial training institutions across India. The ITI is affiliated with the National Vocational Training Council, the body responsible for implementing the DGT’s strategy. The course exams are known as his NCVT ITI semester exams and are administered over four semesters.