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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Mechanism

As a measure to recognise work experiences and competencies acquired by practitioners at the workplace, a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism under the QF provides an alternative route for practitioners to obtain QF-recognised qualifications without undergoing a training programme and facilitates their subsequent progression in learning, and probably in careers.  It is particularly useful to practitioners who do not possess high academic attainment but have acquired substantial practical experience in industry.  Assessments under the RPL in each industry will be conducted by independent assessment agency/agencies (AA) appointed by the Secretary for Education (SED) on industry basis.  

List of Appointed Assessment Agencies

Industry Appointed Assessment Agencies Term of Appointment
Automotive Vocational Training Council 15.11.2011 - 14.11.2016
15.11.2016 - 14.11.2021
Beauty and Hairdressing - Beauty Branch Vocational Training Council 2.7.2014 - 1.7.2019
Beauty and Hairdressing - Hairdressing Branch Vocational Training Council 1.6.2008 - 31.5.2011
1.6.2011 - 31.5.2016
1.6.2016 - 31.5.2021
Chinese Catering Vocational Training Council 7.1.2013 - 6.1.2018
Elderly Care Service Hong Kong Association of Gerontology 1.9.2015 - 31.8.2018
Electrical & Mechanical Services Vocational Training Council 15.12.2015 - 14.12.2020
Import & Export Shipping Research Centre of
the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1.9.2015 - 31.8.2018
Jewellery Vocational Training Council 15.11.2011 - 14.11.2016
15.11.2016 - 14.11.2021
Logistics Vocational Training Council 15.3.2012 - 14.3.2017
HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education 15.3.2017 - 14.3.2020
Printing & Publishing Vocational Training Council 1.6.2008 - 31.5.2011
1.6.2011 - 31.5.2016
1.6.2016 - 31.5.2021
Property Management Vocational Training Council 15.3.2011 - 14.3.2014
15.3.2014 - 14.3.2016
15.3.2016 - 14.3.2021
Retail Vocational Training Council 1.12.2014 - 30.11.2019
Testing, Inspection & Certification School of Science and Technology
the Open University of Hong Kong
1.11.2015 - 31.10.2018
Watch & Clock Vocational Training Council 1.6.2008 - 31.5.2011
1.6.2011 - 31.5.2016
1.6.2016 - 31.5.2021