The National Institute of Chartered Program & Project Professionals (NICPP) is a joint initiative by NITI Aayog and Quality Council of India (QCI) to establish and promote best practices in program and project management as a profession in India. The institute is housed in QCI and aims to enhance capacity development in project execution, particularly in crucial infrastructure domains such as power, transportation, ports, smart cities, digital infrastructure, irrigation and social infrastructure.

NICPP is modeled in accordance with the Report of The Task Force On Project & Program Management led by NITI Aayog, which suggested the development of the National Projects/Program Management policy framework (NPMPF) to reference global best standards on project/program management and propose procedures and guidelines for effective project execution of public sector and PPP projects. To achieve this, NICPP was constituted as the nodal body to formulate and adopt existing global standards and certification programs for professionals in project management. The institute addresses the industry demands for skilled professionals in the country.

NICPP offers a 5-level certification program in program and project management to train, build, and test the competencies of professionals involved in large-scale infrastructure projects. The certification curriculum is based on the best industry practices with a focus on infrastructure and is aligned with the Indian Infrastructure Body of Knowledge (InBoK), which is a unique and comprehensive guidebook on which the course curriculum and examination questionnaire for project professionals enrolled in NICPP is based. The InBoK is contextualized for Indian projects based on the requirements of the Indian infrastructure industry.

Overall, NICPP is envisaged as the premier institute in India aimed at promoting best practices and institutionalizing program and project management as a profession. Its efforts are aimed at enhancing capacity development and building skilled professionals to effectively execute large-scale infrastructure projects in the country.