The Qualifications Register (QR) is a centralised online database
of quality assured qualifications recognised under the Hong Kong
Qualifications Framework (QF). As the public face of the QF, the
QR is an information source for students, employers, professionals,
education and training institutions and the public. The HKCAAVQ, in
its statutory role as the QR Authority, is responsible for developing
and administering the QR.
Increased Population of the QR
The QR publishes a wide spectrum of qualifications covering
academic, vocational and continuing education, and including those
from the self-accrediting sector. As of March 2013, the QR has
accumulated over 7,600 qualifications with an increase of around
8% when compared with the previous year. The HKCAAVQ will
continue to provide guidance and on-going support to operators and
qualifications granting bodies for the timely listing of QR entries and
marketing relating to qualifications being recognised under the QF.
Number of Current Qualifications on QR by Accreditation Body/Qualification Type (March 2013)
Number of Current Qualifications on QR by Level (March 2013)
Number of Current Qualifications on QR by Area of Study/Training (March 2013)
Enhancement of the QR System
Billing and Refunds arising from QFSS
Subsequent to the implementation of the enhanced subsidy for QR
registration fees under the new Qualifications Framework Support
Schemes (QFSS) by the Education Bureau (EDB), the HKCAAVQ
incorporated the necessary change of arrangements for multiple
billing schemes (where the registration validity period of a qualification
record spans across the different subsidy periods) in QR fee billing in
Enhancement related to ATS and Use of Credit
In October 2012, EDB introduced the Award Titles Scheme (ATS)
and Use of Credit under the QF to enhance the transparency of
qualifications and enable learners to know clearly the level of a
qualification and the learning time required to complete a programme.
In response to the EDB’s new initiatives, the HKCAAVQ revised the
format of the QR registration number for all new QR records and
put in place several additional features including a “Credit” field on
the QR. As of March 2013, there are over 80 records with QF credit
values published on the QR and the number is anticipated to increase
in the second quarter of 2013 from operators in the Vocational
Education and Training (VET) sector.
Shortly after the launch of the ATS and Use of Credit, 15 operators
of existing Specification of Competency Standards (SCS)-based
programmes agreed to early compliance with the two schemes.
These programmes with their QF credit values indicated were
published on the QR as a one-off special arrangement.
QR Website Upgrade
Following the Usability Analysis of the QR website conducted in 2011,
the HKCAAVQ has developed a plan to engage a professional
company specialising in information technology services with
expertise in professional web design to upgrade the interface of the
QR website. The aim of the project is to re-design the existing QR
website so as to improve user experience and the overall usability of
the website. The whole project is targeted for completion by the end
QR Operators Briefing
To foster communication with operators and keep them informed
of the latest developments of the QF and QR, the HKCAAVQ
organised a QR Operators Briefing in collaboration with the
EDB in June 2012. The Briefing was attended by over 170
representatives of operators from both the self-accrediting and
non-self-accrediting sectors and provided a platform to exchange
views between the HKCAAVQ, EDB and operators.
The HKCAAVQ vets all qualifications from operators and qualification
granting bodies before their entries can be publicly accessible on the
QR. We also monitor the advertisements and promotional materials
relating to the QF to ensure all information on the QR is accurate and
In the reporting period, we continued to provide briefings to operators
on a needs basis and maintained effective communication with
them to ensure that they understand the prevailing guidelines
for advertisements relating to the QF. These meetings not only
familiarised operators with the QR system, but also served as a
platform for exchange of views and suggestions about the QR.
In the year 2012/13, the QR hit rates have recorded an annual growth
of 36%, with the highest increase of over 7,600 hits in the last week
of July 2012 following the release of the Hong Kong Diploma of
Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results.
QR has become an important source of information for local learners
to look for quality assured qualifications and map out their own
progression pathways. The HKCAAVQ will continue to provide
effective and efficient service for timely update of the QR and ensure
the integrity and reliability of the information in it. Following the QR
system and website upgrade, the public will experience a more
effective and user-friendly interface.