The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and
Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) was formed under the
HKCAAVQ Ordinance (Cap 1150). As the Accreditation Authority
and Qualifications Register Authority under the Hong Kong
Qualifications Framework, the HKCAAVQ provides quality
assurance and assessment services to education and training
institutions, course providers and the general public. In addition
to its statutory roles, the HKCAAVQ also provides advisory and
consultancy services in education qualifications and standards to
government bureaux and professional organisations in Hong Kong.
The Council is composed of members appointed by the Chief
Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As of
March 2013, the Council membership is composed of six non-local
members and 13 local members. Its composition reflects expertise
and experience in quality assurance, education and training as well as
links with industry and the Education Bureau. The Council maintains
its international perspective by including non-local members who
come primarily from countries with well-established external quality
assurance systems. They enlighten us with valuable advice and global
views, allowing us to benchmark the HKCAAVQ’s approaches with
the latest international standards and good practices.
The Council meets formally twice a year with meetings of local
members held between full Council meetings.
The work of the Council is supported by three committees: the
Qualifications and Accreditation Committee, the Personnel and
Administration Committee and the Finance Committee. Each
Committee has its own terms of reference, which are detailed in
The daily operation of the HKCAAVQ is undertaken by the Secretariat
under the leadership of the Executive Director who is an ex-officio
member of the Council.
As of end of March 2013, the HKCAAVQ Secretariat had 86 full-time
staff, most of whom are quality assurance practitioners, seasoned
trainers or education professionals. There are also two part-time staff
including one consultant who provides legal advice.