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Craft Instructor Training Scheme- CITS (Scheme for Training of Trainers)

Training of Craft Instructors is the responsibility of DGE&T in the Ministry of Labour & Employment. The Craft Instructors’ Training Scheme is operational since inception of the Craftsmen Training Scheme. The first Craft Instructors’ Training Institute was established in 1948. Subsequently, 5 more institutes namely, Central Training Institute for Instructors {now called as Advanced Training Institutes (ATI)}, ATI at Ludhiana, Kanpur, Howrah, Mumbai and Hyderabad were established in 1960’s by DGE&T.


To train Instructors in the techniques of transferring hands-on skills, in order to train semi-skilled / skilled manpower for industry. Structure of training programme is to such that comprehensive training both in skill development and training methodology is imparted to the trainees.

Training Institutes & Capacity:

  • Under the programme, Instructors from Government and Private ITIs Centres established by industries under the Apprentices Act are provided training. Training in 29 Engineering trades is being offered in these institutes. Total seating capacity in the Engineering trades in operation in the above stated six Institutes is 1600. The Instructor Training Programme has also been started at Advanced Training Institute (ATI), Chennai and in both Advanced Training Institutes for Electronic and Process Instrumentation (ATI-EPIs) at Hyderabad and Dehradun.
  • The NVTI at NOIDA and RVTIs at Mumbai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Allahabad, Indore and Vadodara are also providing Instructor Training Course exclusively for women in non engineering trades like Secretarial Practice (English), Secretarial Practice (Hindi), Electronic Mechanic, Dress Making, Computer Aided Embroidery & Needle Work, Fashion Technology, Architectural Assistantship and Beauty Culture & Hair Dressing. Total 540 seats (120 in NVTI and 60 in each RVTIs) are available for Instructor Courses in above institutes.
  • To make instructor training more flexible, Modular pattern of Craft Instructor Training in place of conventional one year training has been introduced in CTI and ATIs. For Engineering trades, the training programme has been divided in following four modules each of 3 months duration for the trades included in seven groups given below:-

List of trades:

S. No. Trades included in the Group
1        Carpenter, Foundryman, Pattern Maker, Sheet Metal Worker, Welder (Gas & Electric), Plumber
2        Mechanic Motor Vehicle, Mech. Ref. & Air conditioning, Farm Mechanic and Mechanic Ag. Machineries Diesel Mechanic, Tractor Mechanic
3        Draughtsman (Mechanical), Draughtsman (Civil), Reading of Drawing & Arithmetic, (ROD & A)
4        Fitter, Turner, Machinist, Machinist (Grinder), Tool and Die Maker and MTMM
5        Electrician and Wireman
6        Maintenance Mechanic (CP), Attendant Operator (CP), Instrument Mechanic (CP), Laboratory Assistant (CP) and Instrument Mechanic
7        Electronics Mechanic, Mechanic Radio and TV and IT & ESM

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