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Accreditation

The HKCAAVQ is appointed under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap 592) as the Accreditation Authority under the Qualifications Framework (QF).  It is empowered to conduct accreditation activities for academic and vocational operators and their associated education and training programmes and assessment agencies.  Since 2009, the HKCAAVQ has also provided accreditation services for non-local learning programmes that are registered / exempted from registration under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap 493).  With approval of the Secretary for Education, the HKCAAVQ can also conduct accreditation activities outside Hong Kong.

Accreditation is undertaken with reference to standards that have been benchmarked both locally and internationally through a process of peer review.  The HKCAAVQ issues an accreditation report on the outcome of the accreditation activity.

Guidelines on the principles, processes and procedures of the HKCAAVQ accreditation services are available on the “Four-stage Quality Assurance Process” webpage.  For further information on our accreditation services, please contact the HKCAAVQ Secretariat at 3658 0000 or email to [javascript protected email address].

List of Accredited Programmes

Programmes accredited by the HKCAAVQ are eligible to enter into the Qualifications Register (QR) for recognition under the QF.  To view the HKCAAVQ-accredited programmes or other QF-recognised qualifications offered by the self-accrediting institutions, please visit the QR website.

Appeal

Under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap 592), organisations aggrieved by QF-related decisions made by the HKCAAVQ may appeal to the Appeal Board of the Education Bureau. 

Review

The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) conducts accreditation tests generally in relation to operators, assessment agencies, learning programmes and qualifications in accordance with the provision in section 4(1)(a)(i) under Cap. 1150.  Accreditation exercises of this nature are not conducted for recognition under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (QF), i.e. they are non-QF related accreditation exercises.

Under the HKCAAVQ Ordinance (Cap. 1150), an operator, assessment agency or a granting body that is aggrieved by non-QF related determination/decision(s) made by HKCAAVQ as stated in the accreditation report may apply to the Council for review. All applications for review must be made on the designated Application Form and within 30 days of receipt of the accreditation report. The review fee is one-third of the original accreditation fee. Original payment evidence of the review fee must be submitted together with the completed Application Form, otherwise the review mechanism will not be initiated.

  • Application Form for Review of Accreditation Determination and/or Decisions under the HKCAAVQ Ordinance (Cap. 1150) (April 2016) |  PDF

Upon receipt of an application for review under section 17A(1) of Cap. 1150 and the review fee, the Council will establish an independent review committee in accordance with section 17B of Cap. 1150 to conduct the review and make recommendations to the Council.  The decision of the Council is final (section 17D of Cap. 1150).

  • HKCAAVQ Ordinance (Cap. 1150) | Link
  • Principles and Procedural Rules for Review Committees Established by the Council under Cap. 1150 | PDF

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