ABOUT US – as Personal Certification Body.

CTTC, is one of the approved Personal Certification Bodies (PrCB) in India, for certification of “Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs)” under the Quality Council of India scheme “Voluntary Certification Scheme for Traditional Community Healthcare Providers(VCSTCHP)”.

CTTC is also one of the accredited bodies under the National Assessing bodies of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India, ISO 9001:2015 certified, following  ISO 17024 norms for Certification of Personnel providing Traditional Community Healthcare, under the Quality Council of India scheme, certification of “Traditional Community Healthcare Providers” in line with requirements of VCSTCHP.

Voluntary Certification Scheme for Traditional Community Healthcare Providers(VCSTCHP)

INTRODUCTION It has been widely observed across the country, that several basic needs of primary health care of the rural population have been traditionally managed with herbal remedies by the Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs) by the Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs), at home and are being taken care of by the village based, Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs).

The TCHPs across India use more than 6500 species of medicinal plants, around 300 species of animals and also dozens of metals and minerals. They are the repositories of centuries of wisdom and evolving knowledge of health practices, transmitted through an incredibly effective system of oral transmission inherited through family lineage, acquired under the Guru Shishya Parampara or through observation and experience by way of assisting the already knowledgeable practitioners. Thus, the TCHPs are the repository of diverse, ecosystem and ethnic community specific knowledge, skill and experience. It would indeed be a civilizational loss to lose this rich knowledge heritage of the rural communities of India.

It was with this realization, prior to the launch of the national scheme, a pilot project was conceived, formulated and implemented during the years 2010 – 2012 by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)with support from the Quality Council of India (QCI), the project was mentored and funded by the then Department of AYUSH, Government of India. QCI provided expertise in designing and operating a competent third party evaluation and accreditation system. The objective was to create a uniform and standardized framework, perhaps for the first time in the world, for Voluntary Certification of the TCHPs, who manage various streams of health services based on their traditional knowledge, experience and expertise.

The framework for certification was designed broadly following the International norms as per ISO 17024 for Personnel Certification and the framework for the Third Party Certification was established after a series of deliberations with the various stakeholders. This resulted in establishing the criteria and process for the dissemination of information to the TCHPs about the process of Voluntary Certification. Dozens of applications from TCHPs duly endorsed by the Gram Panchayat / Village Council, were received and screening of the applications was done based on the stipulated criteria for their evaluation and certification as agreed during consultations with senior and experienced representatives of TCHPs.

During pilot testing phase, rapid baseline village survey was conducted in the selected district of each of the eight states for project implementation viz Dang district in Gujarat, Udaipur district in Rajasthan, Korba district in Chhattisgarh, Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, Vellore district in Tamil Nadu, Shimoga district in Karnataka, East Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh and West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. The rapid baseline village survey data analysis helped in selection of most common streams of traditional health practices and the development of their Minimum Standard of Competence (MSC). MSCs were developed for Jaundice, Common Ailments, Poisonous Bites, Bone Setting, Arthritis and Traditional Birth Attendants. Once the mother document for the MSCs developed, it was translated into region specific vernacular language for ease of local understanding and information dissemination.

The successful implementation of the pilot project received not only great appreciation but requests for the use of such uniform and standard framework which was created for the Voluntary Certification of the TCHPs poured in from various beneficiaries and stakeholders all over the country. In parallel, QCI had also created a framework for accreditation of training providers recognizing that even though the certification is based on prior knowledge of traditional health care practices, the TCHPs may also need some training in respect of emerging, contemporary issues of public health in order to prepare them for certification. In 2016, based on positive feedback from the pilot project and considering the needs of the society in far flung unreached rural population of the country, QCI took the decision to commit itself to operate Voluntary Certification Scheme for TCHPs based on Third Party Certification Process for the competency of the TCHP.

Since a very sound, well tested framework / template supported by solid groundwork was already created during the pilot project for the Voluntary Certification of TCHP using ISO 17024 for Personnel Certification, the same broad framework is used, with further incorporation of appropriate processes and committees keeping in mind, region and healthcare service stream specific in situ local nuances of the TCHP tradition. As per the international best practice, QCI has established the Steering, Technical and Assessment Committees. The organizations working in the field of traditional health care practices across the country were contacted and an overwhelming response was received. These organizations were invited to explain to them the process of certification as per ISO 17024 norms.


The Quality Council of India (QCI), New Delhi, launched probably its most offbeat work, a Voluntary Certification Scheme for Traditional Community Health Practitioners (TCHPs), commonly called folk healers or gram vaidyas, who have treated illnesses for centuries based on tradition of local health practices but have not been recognized in our healthcare delivery system.

It was with this objective that QCI launched what is its most offbeat work and a pioneering initiative worldwide, the Voluntary Certification Scheme for Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (VCSTCHP) in March 2017 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala with the simultaneous flagging off of the Lok Swasthya Parampara Yatra from Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu for bringing about widespread awareness amongst the TCHPs, their associations and various stakeholders, both governmental and non-governmental. Thus the Scheme is aimed at recognising the knowledge and skills of thousands of folk healers (as they are generally known) to get empowered for providing quality service to the citizens of the country, more so the remote rural and tribal population.

Since the launch of the Scheme there been active participation from the traditional knowledge holders and organisations working for the healthcare sector. The scheme provides both certification of traditional healers by independent third party certifiers and registration of training organizations for upgrading skills of traditional healers to meet the competence standard set under the Scheme.

Quality Council of India has launched the National Scheme for the Voluntary Certification of Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs) and not for Traditional Medical Practitioners.  The expression TCHPs has been chosen after much deliberation in line with the National Health Policy. The scheme certifies healers who are using local knowledge of herbs and treating 6 specific aliments mentioned in the scheme.

As you can see, it is a voluntary certification scheme and has a rigorous process for evaluation and certification e.g. the five page application form has a section free prior informed consent where in it reads “the Certificate would not allow you for the claim of any sort of registration as a medical practitioner or inclusion in the main stream medical system”. Similarly after the certificate awarded after the evaluation of the Skills and knowledge of the  Traditional Community Health care provider (TCHP) the certificate also is inscribed with the validity period, the specific streams of practice he/she is evaluated and certified etc.

Under the scheme only 5 streams of Health care practices are being evaluated and certified at present, viz Common Aliment, Jaundice, Traditional Bone Setting, Poisonous Bites and Arthritis by CTTC.

Certification Process

  1. Applicant for Certification should be 28 years old which is calculated based on minimum age of 18 years as adult and assuming practice is started and 10 years of practice for Traditional Community Health care practices as prescribed.
  2. The applicant TCHP shall apply to the approved PrCB on the Application format prescribed and duly endorsed by the Village Panchayath /City Corporation.
  3. The applicant TCHP shall, along with the application, declare any pending judicial proceedings relating to his conduct, and any pending proceedings by ant regulatory body, and application from such as applicant shall not been entertained. The applicant shall also declare any instances of discomfort / disability caused to any of his patients in the past 02 years.
  4. The Certificate would have the validity for a period of 5 years.

Our Team

  1. K. P. S. Nair, Chairman.
  2. P Mohan Nair, Director/Team Leader – Contact No – 9946200440.
  3. M Shihabudheen, Team Member.
  4. Parvathy Sharath, Team Member.
  5. Jayaram Menon, Team Member/Southern Region.
  6. Prince Sasidharan, Team Member/Southern Region.
  7. Rolly Srivastava, Team Member/North & Western Region.
  8. Nandini Mohanthy, Team Member/Central & Eastern Region.
  9. Sushma Pandey, Team Member/Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

List of Evaluators.

Sl.No. Name with Designation Qualifications & Years of Relevant Experience Location
1. Dr. N Raveendran Nair BAM, DMT, NCT – 36 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
2. Dr Prathish G BAMS, MD – 15 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
3. Dr. Sujithra. P BAMS – 10 Years of Experience. Kerala
4. Dr. Neethu. BAMS – 7 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
5. Vd. RAJESH K. P. MSc. (Yoga & Naturopathy). TRADITIONAL NATTU MARMANI HEALTH CARE(Traditional Medicine). DNYS (Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Science). 29 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
6. Vd. AJESH. A.  GHOSH. M. DYN (Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy). DVMS (Diploma in Varma and Massage Science). TRADITIONAL  NATTU  MARMANI HEALTH  CARE(Traditional Medicine). DNYS (Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Science). 22 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
7. Vd. JYOTHISH  KUMAR  K. +2 – Government of Kerala. TRADITIONAL  NATTU  MARMANI HEALTH  CARE(Traditional Medicine). DNYS (Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Science). 23 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
8. Vd. GOVINDAN T. +2 – Government of Kerala. TRADITIONAL  NATTU  MARMANI HEALTH  CARE(Traditional Medicine). 40 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
9. Vd. GANGADHARAN K. SSLC – Government of Kerala. 36 Years of Experience. Kerala/PAN India
10. Vd. M. BABURAJAN SSLC – Government of Kerala. 32 Years of Experience. Kerala
11. Vd. P. SASEENDRAN SSLC – Government of Kerala. 25 Years of Experience. Kerala
12. Vd. K. V. BALAKRISHNAN Pre Degree – University of Calicut. 38 Years of Experience. Kerala
13. Vd. K. GOPAKUMAR Secondary. 51 Years of Experience. Kerala
14. Vd. T. V. GOPALAN Primary. 52 Years of Experience. Kerala

Evaluation Criteria

To test the skills and knowledge of the TCHP on all aspects relevant to the stream.

Evaluation Types

 Knowledge Assessment –

Accuracy of responses to formal questions importantly to define the terms, tools, methods, professionalism or protocols used in the stream of practice.

 Case Assessment –

Completeness of a case assessment handled by the TCHP, accuracy of the case finding and appropriateness of the treatment methods.

 Skills Assessment – Completeness, Accuracy and Professionalism in

  1. Identifying medicinal plants for making medicines for health conditions.
  2. Good practices for collection and storage of Raw Drugs.
  3. Good practices for quality assessments of herbal preparations.
  4. Good work practices for ensuring safe work environments.

 Field verification

  1. Feedback from patients treated
  2. Medicinal preparation at work
  3. Community work undertaken to promote preventive health

Evaluation Durations and Marks 

Evaluation Method Weightage
Knowledge Evaluation through oral multiple choice questions  30 mins for a total of 50 marks 10%
A Case Presentation  30 mins for a total of 50 marks 10%
Viva Voce on case study presentation  30 mins for a total of 50 marks 10%
Practical Demonstration on identification of medicinal plants, preparation of formulations, storage of raw drugs and quality of preparations  30 mins for a total of 50 marks 30%
Field verification at TCHPs work environment  60 mins for a total of 100 marks 40%

Criteria for Certification award

 The candidate should obtain at least 70% to be awarded Certificate

Application with following attachments

  1. Application Form
  2. Self Declaration
  3. Code of Conduct
  4. Free Prior Informed Consent
  5. Endorsement by Village Panchayath

Review of Application

  1. Application shall be treated as confidential
  2. CTTC shall review all application and shortlisted
  3. Short listed candidates are called for Certification Process


PrCB shall cancel the certificate when;

  1. Certified TCHP contravenes the terms and conditions of certification and provisions of this certification scheme like claiming or displaying scope of certification other than that granted, or any fraudulent behavior is established, etc.
  2. The corrective actions taken are not ensuring compliance, or the proposed plan for corrective actions will take a considerable time beyond 3 months for implementation;
  3. PrCB shall cancel the certificate at the request of the certified TCHP, if the certified TCHP is no longer interested.
  4. In the event of cancellation the PrCB shall advise the TCHP to return the Certificate issued by the PrCB.


For evaluation of One stream: Rs. 8,000/-(Rs. Eight thousand only), in addition, when applying for evaluation for more than one stream, Rs. 2000/-(Rs. Two thousand only), for each additional stream.

DD in Favour of –
  • Centre for Trade Testing & Certification of Skilled Workers (CTTC)
  • SBI A/C No. 32419786445
  • Payable at – Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Contact No – 9946200440.
DD in Favour of (Account Payee Only)
  • Director
  • Centre for Trade Testing & Certification of Skilled Workers (CTTC)
  • Panavila,
  • Thiruvanathapuram,
  • Kerala – 695 001


  • Nodal Officer,
  • CTTC,
  • @ VAIDYARAAJ Chikitsalayam,
  • Regency Trade Center,
  • Opp. JK Park Residency,
  • Puthiyatheru, Chirakkal(PO),
  • Kannur, Kerala, Pin – 670011.
  • Mob. +91 9745 212 797 (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

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