The Craft Instructor Training Scheme is operational since inception of the Craftsmen Training Scheme. This scheme comes under the preview of Directorate General of Employment & Training (now Directorate General of Training) in the Ministry of Labour & Employment, (now Ministry of Skill Development and Entreprenuership) Government of India. The first Craft Instructor 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 Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T). Objective of the Craft Instructor Training is 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.

During year 2010 government also allowed setting up of the Instructor Training Institute by State government/Union Territory administration, companies like sole propriety, private/public limited registered under companies Act, Societies and Trusts registered as per Act, and promoters of Special Economic Zone (SEZs). In order to maintain quality and standards of Instructor Training, National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) has approved separate standards for infrastructure and course curriculum. The institutes meeting the standards only are affiliated with NCVT. These institutes are named as Institute for Training of Trainers (ITOT). On completion of the training, trainees are trade tested and awarded National Craft Instructor Certificate

To make instructor training more flexible, modular pattern of Craft Instructor Training in place of conventional one year training has been introduced in Central Training Institute for Instructors (CTI) and Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) with effect from session started from August, 2009 and later on adopted in ITOT also. 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
Group No. Trades included in the Group
1. Carpenter, Foundryman, Pattern Maker, Sheet Metal Worker, Welder (Gas & Electric), Plumber
2. Mechanic Motor Vehicle, Mech. Refrigeration & Air conditioning, Farm Mechanic and Mechanic Agriculture 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 Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance
5. Electrician and Wireman
6. Maintenance Mechanic Chemical Plant (CP), Attendant Operator (CP), Instrument Mechanic (CP), Laboratory Assistant (CP) and Instrument Mechanic
7. Electronics Mechanic, Mechanic Radio and TV and IT&ESM