Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council (HCSSC) is an organization registered under Societies Act of 1860. This Sector Skill Council was incorporated in January 2014. The organization has been formed as per the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model defined by the Government of India in 2011.

HCSSC is promoted jointly by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and Carpets Export Promotion Council (CEPC) with the inclusive representation of the Government, Industry, Industry Associations, Workers Organizations and Civil Society Organizations, training Institutes, and NGOs.

HCSSC is the apex body for skill development in Handicrafts and Carpet sector. HCSSC is the coordinator and promoter for the various agencies connected with the skill development in the Handicrafts and Carpet sector in India. HCSSC has been established with a core objective to provide deployable resources to the industry by enabling competency-based training as per the standards set in consultation with the industry. HCSSC is the organization accountable for skill development of the overall Handicrafts and Carpet sector.



The HCSSC’s mission involves the overall development of skills and standards related to the Handicrafts and Carpet sector. Ten years from its inception, HCSSC aims at developing NOSs for over 125 job roles, certifying up to 2 million candidates, training as much as 5 thousand trainers and affiliating about 140 training institutes.


HCSSC envisions the development of the Handicrafts and Carpet sector. Its views incline to the skill development of every individual and group connected to the sector. HCSSC visualizes the Handicrafts and Carpet sector making its mark in the society – a society acknowledging the art, and also being employment-friendly for the trained artisans.


  • Creating skill development plan for the Handicrafts and Carpet sector
  • Developing skill competency based on qualifications and standards
  • Capacity building of young artisans to strengthen their skills and skill up gradation of existing artisans
  • Developing Labour Market Information System (LMIS) for the Handicrafts and Carpet sector
  • Improving training delivery and promotion of academies of excellence