RPL Project

RPL Project – Tie up with Best in Class Employers

Skill India

Skill India is a Project Started by Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi in 2015 which aims to train 40 crore people in India in different skill by 2022 It Includes initiatives like National Skill Development Mission, PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna), National Policy for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, 2015 and the Skill Loan Scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY)

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). Under this Scheme, Training and Assessment fees are completely paid by the Government.

Key Components of the Scheme:

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

RPL Type 4

A new type of RPL category is being envisaged under PMKVY 2016-20 to ensure certification of skills available in the organized sector with best in class employers. This will help achieve certification at scale while ensuring quality of certification at lower operational cost.

Name of the Sector Skill Council: - B&WSSC

Eligibility of the Best in Class Employer
Eligibility of the Employer – What would comprise of Best in Class Employer for your sector.

Organisations which meet at least 3 of the below criteria

Eligibility of the Assessors
Eligibility of the Employees
Eligibility of the Employee – The indicative parameters are given below.


Eligibility Defined by SSC
Employer Assessor Orientation Standardized Conducted by SSC
Assessment Criteria Question
Conduct of Assessment Internal
Assessment Hours 3 Hour Viva and practical
Assessment Documentation Viva Report with candidate’s signature + Phone/ Tab enabled evaluation format recorded by Eligible employer


300 500 500 1300

Role & Responsibilities of the Stakeholders Sector Skill Council


Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

RPL Through Demand

Approved Operating Procedure

Background: RPL through Demand is a new project type under RPL component of PMVKY approved as per 23rd Executive Committee. In this mode of RPL, the prospective RPL candidates register themselves on PMKVY Demand Aggregation portal and are then directed to the nearest PMKK center for RPL. One of the unique feature of this mode of RPL is that the trainer at PMKK center itself has to do the assessment.

Operating Procedure:
The following to be implemented by SSCs:

ToA certification by SSC:.
  1. As the trainers nominated for ToA are already ToT certified and have domain knowledge about the job role, they may not be called for the entire domain skill assessment duration during ToA.
  2. The trainer assessor to be given required domain and platfor ToA online and the personal contact be reduced to minimum, preferably two day duration over weekends.
  3. The qualified trainer assessor will only function as assessors under RPL through Demand for that particular PMKK/ PMKVY Center / Training Partner
  4. Such Trainer – Assessors will not be registered on Takshashila portal and SSC’s to issue manual certificate mentioning the restrictions with regards to the validity of his certificate and his practice to be only within RPL through Demand.
  5. SSC to ensure these trainer assessors don’t get themselves aligned with Assessment Bodies outside RPL through Demand.
  6. This certificate will be checked during the monitoring visit by the SSC during assessment and also included as part of physical evidence of the assessment process.
Conduct of assessment at PMKKs:

As here to fore the responsibility of assessment is with the SSCs. Since the Assessment Agencies are not a part of RPL through Demand process, certain procedures, as given below, will be amended.

  1. Assessment for the theory portion, as far as possible, to be conducted through online platform by SSCs. This is in line with the current directives to move most of the assessments online. In the case of total online assessment, SSCs should send the proctor with Tabs for online assessment.
  2. Alternatively, as a second preference and if feasible, computers available at the PMMKs to be utilized for online assessment. SSCs may provide a link for taking an online assessment to the candidates before start of the assessment through trainer – assessor.
  3. In case online assessment is not possible, the SSC should share 3-4 sets of question papers, as late as possible, before the assessment schedule. These papers should be made available to trainer – assessor through login and passwords, and should preferably be sent in an encrypted form.
  4. The same modalities as applicable for offline assessment will be applicable for practical test.
  5. The questions papers will be regularly shuffled by the SSCs from one batch to another, and the entire question bank should be reviewed after a few months.
  6. Since SSCs have been asked to do 100% monitoring of RPL though Demand, they should ensure the sanctity of the assessment process during the monitoring visit.
  7. In addition the evidence of the assessment ¬¬¬¬such as photos, videos, logs etc. will be maintained by all SSCs.
  8. Trainer – assessor will carry out all the other actions such as checking of the identity etc. which is the responsibility of a normal assessor and the record of same will be maintained by SSC.
Upload of assessment result on SDMS:
  1. It will be the responsibility of trainer – assessor to upload the result in case the same is to be physically uploaded.
  2. In case of online assessment, if the SSCs are using the services of any Assessment Agency, they can use the services of same Assessment Agency to approve the results.
  3. Alternatively, the SSCs can affiliate Trainer – Assessors to SSC itself and approve the results both as Assessment Agency and SSC.
  1. The SSCs in this project type have been promised to be paid INR 350 and the same shall be provided when they do 100% monitoring during assessments at the PMKK Centre / PMKVY Centre.
  2. SSCs will share hundred percent monitoring report through SENPIPER to PMKVY monitoring team.