As a successor to the West Pakistan Board of Technical Education Lahore, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Technical Education (KPBTE) — erstwhile NWFP Board of Technical Education — was established in March 1973 under the North West Frontier Province Board of Technical Education Act, 1972.
The Board is responsible for organising, regulating and supervising technical, commercial and vocational education below degree level in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its adjacent Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
As such, the Board of Technical Education is an academic and examining body for polytechnic, commercial, vocational and other private technical institutions including computer training institutes of under-graduate level.
- Appoint examiners and supervisory staff to conduct examinations pertaining to technical, vocational, industrial and commercial education below degree level and such other examinations as may be determined by the government.
- Prescribe courses of study for its examinations.
- Lay down conditions for recognition of institutions to ensure provision of requisite facilities in the affiliated institutions.
- Grant certificates and diplomas to persons who pass examinations.
- Institute and award scholarships, medals and prizes in accordance with the rules and regulations.