In line with Samarth – NMDP program's aims to improve the underlying pro-poor performance of tourism in Nepal and usher in systemic changes to how the industry operates, the creation of a framework was needed to bring improvement in the standards (product and service delivery) and market performance of enterprises through certification of core tourism ventures, which will ultimately result in the increase of income for rural tourism workers and entrepreneurs. In this context, Siddharthinc was tasked to assess the feasibility of an appropriate certification system of tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), develop SME certification standard criteria, and propose options for a certification process and operating modality. This short report outlines the progress that has been made so far on these deliverables.