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Implementation of Award Titles Scheme and Use of QF Credit

25 Oct 2012

On 24 October 2012, the Education Bureau announced the implementation of the Award Titles Scheme (ATS) and Use of QF Credit under the Qualifications Framework (QF).

The ATS aims to standardise the use of award titles that reflects the QF levels and areas of study; the Use of QF Credit provides clear and transparent information on the size or volume of learning of programmes and the time expected from learners to complete the programmes.

Important timelines

Under the implementation timetable, all new programmes registered for the first time in the Qualifications Register (QR) on or after 1 January 2014 have to comply with the ATS and must show the QF credit value if they are at QF levels 1-4. 

From 1 January 2016, all programmes should conform to the ATS before they can be registered on the QR and all programmes at QF levels 1-4 must show their QF credit values.

Based on the above timelines, all new programmes at QF levels 1-4 undergoing the HKCAAVQ’s accreditation from 1 July 2013 should conform to the ATS and include QF credit values to ensure that they will meet the requirements for uploading into the QF from 1 January 2014.

Support for implementation

In support of the implementation of the two schemes, the HKCAAVQ will take part in briefings to be conducted by the EDB in November and December 2012.  Commencing in November 2012, QF credit assessment will be embedded into the regular training workshops conducted by the HKCAAVQ on Initial Evaluation and Programme Validation.

Operators of existing programmes who wish to have early adoption of the ATS may contact Ms Katherine Yung at the Qualifications Register (Tel: 3658 0154; Email: [javascript protected email address]).  The QR team will notify all operators of the administrative arrangements for the upload of programmes following the introduction of the ATS.

For more details about the ATS and Use of Credit, please visit the websites of the Qualifications Framework ( and Qualifications Register (