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Accreditation for Online Learning Programmes

The HKCAAVQ Council in January 2018 approved the implementation of an accreditation service for online learning programmes. This service is applicable to both local and non-local online learning programmes seeking recognition under the HKQF. While the current accreditation standards for LPA and re-LPA under the Four-stage Quality Assurance Process are adopted to accredit online learning programmes, operators are required to provide additional evidence applicable to the context of online delivery if the programmes have more than 50% of instruction delivered online.

Operators meeting the following eligibility requirements can apply for accreditation for the online learning programmes:

For local online learning programmes 

A local institution/organisation that owns and develops an online learning programme and awards its own local qualification must have been accredited by HKCAAVQ and have a valid Initial Evaluation status or a valid Institutional Review status and have a track record of at least one accredited learning programme.

For non-local online learning programmes

A non-local online learning programme that leads to an award of a non-local qualification must have been registered or exempted under Cap. 493 (Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance). When the registration requirements under Cap. 493 are not applicable, the Operator is required to provide relevant evidence to demonstrate that a comparable quality assurance mechanism is in place in the home country to assure the standards of the programme offered offshore are at a level comparable to a programme conducted in the home country leading to the same qualification.  

Submission Guide

Operators can apply for accreditation of their online learning programmes starting from April 2018.  For details of the additional evidence requirements, please refer to the Submission Guide for Accreditation of Online Learning Programmes here.

For enquiry, please contact Mr. Kenny Lock ([javascript protected email address]).