The NBTE Centre of Excellence under the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) was established by the Management of NBTE through the Governing Board in 2010, to build on the achievements of the UNESCO-Nigeria TVE project on Revitalization of Technical and Vocational Education in Nigeria, to facilitate the capacity development of TVET personals, promote innovation and enhance partnership. The Centre formally took off on 1st January 2012. It is also one of the UNEVOC Centres in Nigeria.
The Federal Government established the National Board for Technical Education by Act 9 of January 1977. In August, 1985 and January 1993 respectively, the Federal Government enacted Act 16 (Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act) and Act 9 (Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) (Amendment) Act). With these Acts, the functions of the Board were extended to include accreditation of academic programmes in all Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) institutions. Act No.9 of 1st January 1993 further empowered the Board to recommend the establishment of private Polytechnics and Monotechnics in Nigeria.
The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa'udu A. Kazaure has warned members of the public to beware of individuals and institutions which are in the habit of admitting students to study courses in unapproved and illegal Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) with a promise to award the National Diploma (ND) or Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates.
In a bid to ensure compliance with the basic minimum requirements for mounting an academic programme as specified by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has submitted a draft curriculum for the National Diploma in Cultural Administration (NDCA).