National Skills Qualification Framework

Mapping Qualifications according to levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude

A nationally integrated education and competency based skill framework will provide for multiple pathways within vocational education and training, and between general education and technical education, thereby linking one level of learning to a higher level.

Features of NSQF

Outcome Based Approach

Each level is defined on the basis of competency levels; job roles corresponding to each competency level; managed by SSCs

Progression Pathway Transparency

Reduce inequity and disparity in qualifications.

Uniformity in Certificates/Diplomas/Degrees

By establishing uniformity across different institutions, there is a direct impact on employability and mobility.

Positive Perception

By permitting acquisition of higher qualifications, there is a positive perception toward the vocational education & training.

Recognition of Prior Learning

To attest skills of informally trained people.

Qualification Alignment

Alignment of Indian Qualifications to International Qualifications.

Credit Accumulation & Transfer System

To allow people to move between education, vocational training, and their work.

Quality Assurance Framework

Facilitates the awarding of credit and supports credit transfer and progression routes within the Indian education and training system.


National Occupational Standards

They can form the benchmarks for various education programs, training programs and recruitment range of HRM practices. Each job role requires performance of tasks; each task has a qualification pack (QP); each QP consists of NOSs.


It is the recognition of a successfully completed prior course of learning for a learner, corresponding to a qualification at a given level. Credits can be used to assist learners transfer between programs.

Credit Transfer

The process of recognizing prior learning that is credit rated by the assessment and certification bodies authorized to do so.

Horizontal and Vertical Mobility

Horizontal mobility is a candidate’s ability to move between different sectors, holding a standard job role. On the other hand, vertical mobility is the transition between different levels within the same sector.