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Vocational Accreditation

The HKCAAVQ provides accreditation and quality assurance services for vocational education and training (VET).  VET operators come from different sectors including private education/training institutes, public organisations, non-government organisations and commercial corporations.  The HKCAAVQ undertakes vocational accreditation exercises in accordance with the Four-stage Quality Assurance Process. 

The process for a combined exercise of Initial Evaluation (IE) and Learning Programme Accreditation (LPA) will normally be completed in 14-20 weeks (from receipt of the accreditation document to the issuance of the accreditation report).

The HKCAAVQ offers various training workshops to operators who plan to seek accreditation services from the HKCAAVQ.  For more information, please refer to the webpages under the “Training” section.

Apart from providing vocational accreditation, the HKCAAVQ also supports the development of the Qualifications Framework (QF) through its participation in the Industry Training Advisory Committees (ITACs), the moderation of Specification of Competency Standards (SCS) and accreditation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment Agencies.  For more information, please visit the website of QF.

Useful Information

For Accreditation of Vocational Learning Programmes

  • Guidelines on Four-Stage QA Process under QF PDF
  • Guidance Notes on Initial Evaluation, Learning Programme Accreditation and Learning Programme Re-accreditation PDF History of changes
  • Initial Evaluation (IE)
  • Learning Programme Accreditation (LPA)
  • Combined IE & LPA
  • Learning Programme Re-accreditation
  • Classification of Areas of Study and Training in the Qualifications Register (QR), List of Sub-areas and Illustrative Scope Statements PDF
  • Guidance Notes on Programme Area AccreditationPDF History of changes
  • Guidance Notes on Periodic ReviewPDF | History of changes


  • Guidelines for Promoting Accredited Programmes and Programmes undergoing Accreditation PDF
  • Guidelines for Advertisements relating to the QF PDF
  • Guidance Notes on Substantial Change to Accreditation Status | PDF | History of changes
  • Application Form for Substantial ChangeMS Word
  • List of Operators awarded PAA Status PDF
  • Generic Level Descriptors PDF
  • Updated Revised Common Descriptors for Associate Degree and Higher Diploma Programmes under the New Academic Structure (Version as at February 2017)  PDF
  • FAQs PDF | History of changes