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1. Testing Operations

Testing Operations functional area incorporates a complete workflow of a testing laboratory to provide quality-assured test results and reports on samples according to the request of customers. The major functions in this functional area include Testing Method Development and Operation Planning; Sampling and Sample Handling; Testing (including Chemical, Biological/Microbiological, Environmental, Electrical and Electronic, Physical and Mechanical); Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation; Quality Assurance of Test Results; Measurement Traceability; Equipment Maintenance; and Test Result Reporting.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Sampling
105774L2 Collect routine site samples 2
Sample Handling
105776L2 Receive samples 1
Chemical Testing
105799L2 Apply cleansing methods for labware 2
105987L2 Conduct laboratory / field work 2
105988L2 Maintain laboratory/workplace fit for purpose 1
Biological / Microbiological Testing
105992L2 Apply cleansing methods for microbiological testing labware 2
Level 3
Sample Handling
105777L3 Pre-condition test samples 1
105778L3 Handle and transport samples 1
105986L3 Prepare samples for testing 1
Chemical Testing
105791L3 Perform basic chemical tests and procedures 2
105792L3 Apply separation and cleanup techniques to organic analysis 2
105793L3 Apply extraction techniques to organic analysis 2
105794L3 Apply sample treatment techniques to chemical testing 2
105795L3 Prepare standard solutions 2
105796L3 Prepare working solutions and reagents 1
105797L3 Prepare laboratory materials, equipment and facilities for chemical testing 2
105798L3 Handle chemicals, solutions and reagents 2
Biological / Microbiological Testing
105806L3 Prepare biological samples 2
105807L3 Prepare microbiological samples 2
105808L3 Perform sterilisation and aseptic techniques 2
105809L3 Prepare culture media and solutions 2
105810L3 Follow bio-safety rules and precautions 2
105811L3 Prepare equipment and facilities for biological / microbiological testing 2
Environmental Testing
105816L3 Perform on-site testing 2
Electrical and Electronic Testing
105830L3 Follow laboratory electrical safety rules 2
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Construction Materials)
105837L3 Perform physical and mechanical tests on concrete and its constituent materials 6
105839L3 Perform physical and mechanical tests on mortar and grout 6
105840L3 Perform physical and mechanical tests on building components 6
105841L3 Perform physical and mechanical tests on glass and glazing materials 2
105843L3 Perform visual examination on welds 2
105844L3 Perform construction site measurements 2
105845L3 Perform basic physical and mechanical tests 4
105846L3 Perform sampling and basic field tests on fresh concrete and on-site curing on concrete cubes 2
Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
105873L3 Record and present data 2
Equipment Maintenance
105895L3 Handle and transport equipment 1
Level 4
Test Method Development and Operation Planning
105761L4 Validate test methods 2
105762L4 Verify test methods 2
105768L4 Estimate and report measurement uncertainty 2
Sampling
105772L4 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan 2
105773L4 Apply statistical techniques in sampling 2
Sample Handling
105775L4 Establish procedures for handling of test / inspection items and samples 2
Chemical Testing
105780L4 Apply mass spectrometric and hyphenated techniques to chemical testing 6
105784L4 Apply chromatographic techniques to chemical testing 6
105785L4 Apply atomic spectrometric techniques to chemical testing 6
105786L4 Apply inductively coupled plasma spectroscopic techniques to chemical testing 6
105787L4 Apply molecular spectrometric techniques to chemical testing 6
105788L4 Perform chemical tests on construction materials 4
105789L4 Perform on-site indoor air quality measurement and analysis 6
105790L4 Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials 4
Biological / Microbiological Testing
105802L4 Perform microbiological tests 4
105803L4 Perform biological and biochemical tests 4
105804L4 Perform microscopic examination 2
105805L4 Perform staining techniques 2
Environmental Testing
105814L4 Perform environmental testing (microbiological) 4
105815L4 Perform environmental testing (physical) 6
Electrical and Electronic Testing
105820L4 Perform electric shock and energy hazard tests 6
105821L4 Evaluate electrical insulation properties by electrical measurements 6
105822L4 Evaluate electrical insulation properties by physical measurements 6
105823L4 Evaluate energy efficiency of electrical and electronic products 6
105824L4 Perform radiation tests 6
105825L4 Perform thermal hazard related tests 6
105826L4 Perform flammability tests (electrical and electronic products) 6
105827L4 Perform electromagnetic field measurements 6
105828L4 Perform photometric measurements 6
105829L4 Perform radio-frequency measurements 6
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Construction Materials)
105832L4 Perform basic non-destructive tests on welds 4
105835L4 Perform basic physical and mechanical tests on soil and rock 6
105836L4 Perform physical and mechanical tests on steel 6
105838L4 Perform physical and mechanical tests on bituminous materials 6
105842L4 Perform basic structural diagnostic tests on concrete structures 8
105993L4 Perform advanced non-destructive tests on welds 8
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Electrical Products)
105847L4 Perform stability and mechanical tests 4
105848L4 Evaluate the construction of products by visual inspection (electrical products) 4
105849L4 Perform acoustic measurements (electrical products) 4
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Toys and Hardlines)
105850L4 Design testing fixtures and tools to perform tests 4
105851L4 Perform flammability tests (toys and hardlines) 4
105852L4 Perform stability, physical and mechanical tests 4
105853L4 Evaluate the construction of products by visual inspection (consumer products) 2
105854L4 Perform acoustic measurements (consumer products) 2
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Textiles and Garments)
105856L4 Perform fabric construction tests 2
105857L4 Perform fabric strength and performance tests 4
105858L4 Perform fibre analysis 4
105859L4 Perform care performance tests 4
105860L4 Perform colour fastness tests 4
105861L4 Perform flammability tests (textiles and garments) 4
105862L4 Perform feather and down analysis 2
105863L4 Perform garment trim tests 2
105864L4 Perform footwear tests 2
Physical and Mechanical Testing (General Consumer Products)
105866L4 Perform physical tests on pharmaceutical products 2
Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
105871L4 Apply statistical calculations to measurement data 2
105872L4 Process data 2
Quality Assurance of Test Results
105878L4 Implement laboratory quality control procedures 2
105879L4 Control reference materials and working standards 2
105880L4 Verify critical consumables 2
Measurement Traceability
105889L4 Calibrate and maintain reference standards 2
105890L4 Verify and maintain reference materials 2
105891L4 Verify and maintain reference and working cultures 2
105892L4 Handle and perform equipment calibration 2
Equipment Maintenance
105894L4 Perform equipment maintenance and performance checks 2
Level 5
Test Method Development and Operation Planning
105755L5 Adopt test methods and procedures from standard methods 2
105756L5 Develop non-standard test methods 2
105757L5 Develop procedures for estimation of measurement uncertainty in accordance with the ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement 4
105758L5 Develop procedures for estimation of measurement uncertainty in chemical testing using EURACHEM approach 4
105759L5 Develop procedures for estimation of measurement uncertainty in microbiological testing using EURACHEM/MIKE approach 4
105760L5 Formulate method validation protocol 2
105763L5 Prepare method validation reports 2
105764L5 Interpret international standards and regulatory requirements 1
105765L5 Evaluate customer's requests on testing services 2
105766L5 Devise test plans 2
105767L5 Supervise laboratory / on-site testing 2
Sampling
105769L5 Formulate sampling plan 2
105770L5 Supervise field sampling activities 2
105771L5 Select sampling methods 2
Chemical Testing
105781L5 Perform chemical analysis on food 4
105782L5 Perform chemical analysis on pharmaceutical products 4
105783L5 Perform chemical analysis on Chinese medicine 4
Biological / Microbiological Testing
105801L5 Evaluate microbiological quality 2
Environmental Testing
105812L5 Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys 2
105813L5 Perform environmental testing (chemical) 4
Electrical and Electronic Testing
105818L5 Perform electromagnetic compatibility (emission) tests 8
105819L5 Perform electromagnetic compatibility (immunity) tests 8
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Construction Materials)
105831L5 Perform foundation tests 6
105833L5 Perform advanced structural diagnostic tests on concrete structures 8
105834L5 Perform advanced physical and mechanical tests on soil and rock 8
Physical and Mechanical Testing (Textiles and Garments)
105855L5 Perform evaluation tests 4
Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
105867L5 Review test results 2
105868L5 Interpret test results 2
Quality Assurance of Test Results
105874L5 Formulate quality control protocol for monitoring the validity of tests 4
105875L5 Evaluate subcontractor laboratory 2
105876L5 Control purchasing of services and supplies 2
105877L5 Organise and implement proficiency testing activities 2
105994L5 Control laboratory documents and records 2
Measurement Traceability
105881L5 Formulate calibration programme for reference standards 2
105882L5 Formulate verification programme for reference materials 2
105883L5 Formulate verification programme for reference and working cultures and sub-cultures 2
105884L5 Formulate equipment calibration plan 2
105885L5 Develop equipment calibration methods 4
105886L5 Select competent laboratories for calibration of equipment and reference standards 2
105887L5 Evaluate calibration results of equipment and reference standards 2
105888L5 Select and handle certified reference materials 2
Equipment Maintenance
105893L5 Formulate equipment maintenance plan 2
Test Result Reporting
105896L5 Authorise test results and reports 2
105897L5 Investigate complaints and appeals on testing services 2
Level 6
Test Method Development and Operation Planning
105753L6 Establish and evaluate laboratory operations in functional area 2
105754L6 Formulate work schedule for laboratory / on-site testing 2
Chemical Testing
105779L6 Select test methods and measuring instruments (chemical testing) 2
Biological / Microbiological Testing
105800L6 Select test methods and measuring instruments (biological / microbiological testing) 2
Electrical and Electronic Testing
105817L6 Select test methods and measuring instruments (electrical and electronic testing) 2
Physical and Mechanical Testing (General Consumer Products)
105865L6 Select test methods and measuring instruments (physical and mechanical testing) 2
Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
105869L6 Validate laboratory information management system 4
105870L6 Validate laboratory self-developed software 2
Level 7

2. Testing Quality Management

Quality management is an important aspect in a testing laboratory to ensure the quality of outputs of its testing work by maintaining its quality system in compliance with the requirements of relevant international standards and/or accreditation criteria. The major functions in this functional area include Laboratory Quality System Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Maintenance.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Laboratory Quality System Maintenance
105904L4 Implement corrective actions for testing services 2
105905L4 Implement preventive actions for testing services 2
Level 5
Laboratory Quality System Implementation
105899L5 Implement laboratory quality management system 2
Laboratory Quality System Monitoring
105902L5 Conduct management review of laboratory 2
105903L5 Conduct internal audit of laboratory quality system 2
Level 6
Laboratory Quality System Development
105898L6 Formulate laboratory quality management system 6
Laboratory Quality System Monitoring
105900L6 Monitor and review implementation of laboratory quality management system 2
105901L6 Manage and handle nonconforming testing work 2
Level 7

3. Inspection Operations

Inspection Operations functional area describes a complete workflow of an inspection body to provide quality-assured inspection results and reports according to the request of customers. The major functions in this functional area include Inspection Method Development and Preparation; Conducting Inspection; Quality Assurance of Inspection Results; and Inspection Result Reporting.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Inspection Method Development and Preparation
105914L3 Prepare work documents for conducting inspection 1
Conducting Inspection
105919L3 Record inspection observations and findings 2
Level 4
Inspection Method Development and Preparation
105911L4 Identify equipment and resources requirement for conducting inspection 2
105912L4 Identify items and samples for inspection 2
105913L4 Define defect classification and acceptance criteria 2
Conducting Inspection
105916L4 Perform on-site inspection of production processes / delivery of services 4
105917L4 Inspect items and samples 2
105918L4 Perform compliance inspection on materials 2
Quality Assurance of Inspection Results
105921L4 Implement inspection quality control procedures 2
Level 5
Inspection Method Development and Preparation
105906L5 Develop inspection methods from international standards 2
105907L5 Develop non-standard inspection methods 2
105908L5 Manage inspection methods 2
105909L5 Evaluate customer's requests on inspection services 2
105910L5 Formulate inspection plans 2
Conducting Inspection
105915L5 Supervise on-site inspection 2
Quality Assurance of Inspection Results
105920L5 Formulate quality control protocol for monitoring inspection results 2
105991L5 Control inspection documents and records 2
Inspection Result Reporting
105922L5 Authorise inspection results and reports 2
105923L5 Investigate complaints and appeals on inspection services 2
Level 6
Level 7

4. Inspection Quality Management

Quality management is an important aspect in an inspection body to ensure the quality of outputs of its inspection work by maintaining its quality system in compliance with the requirements of relevant international standards and/or accreditation criteria. The major functions in this functional area include Inspection Quality System Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Maintenance.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Inspection Quality System Maintenance
105930L4 Implement corrective actions and preventive actions for inspection services 2
Level 5
Inspection Quality System Implementation
105925L5 Implement inspection quality management system 2
105926L5 Evaluate subcontractor of inspection activities 2
Inspection Quality System Monitoring
105927L5 Conduct management review on inspection services 2
105928L5 Conduct internal audit of inspection services 2
105929L5 Manage and handle nonconforming inspection work 2
Level 6
Inspection Quality System Development
105924L6 Formulate quality management system for inspection services 6
Level 7

5. Certification Operations

Certification Operations functional area describes a complete workflow of a certification body to provide quality-assured audit reports and certificates according to the request of customers. The major functions in this functional area include Certification Scheme Development and Audit Planning; Conducting Audit; Quality Assurance of Auditing; and Audit Reporting.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Certification Audit Planning
105936L4 Identify and select competent audit team 2
105938L4 Prepare work documents for conducting audit 2
Conducting Audit
105941L4 Select samples of record / evidence for characteristics determination 2
Level 5
Certification Audit Planning
105932L5 Review client's application for certification 4
105933L5 Develop audit programme 4
105934L5 Formulate certification / surveillance audit plan 2
105935L5 Identify requirements of management system in international standards 2
Conducting Audit
105937L5 Perform documentation review for initial certification of management system 2
105939L5 Lead and supervise on-site certification audit activities 2
105940L5 Perform on-site audit for initial certification of management system 2
Quality Assurance of Auditing
105943L5 Verify the effectiveness of corrections and corrective actions for nonconformities 2
105989L5 Control certification documents and records 2
Audit Reporting
105945L5 Generate audit reports 2
105946L5 Investigate complaints and appeals on certification services 2
Level 6
Certification Audit Planning
105931L6 Manage certification services 2
105990L6 Qualify competent personnel for conducting certification activities 2
Quality Assurance of Auditing
105942L6 Review attestation of audit reports and conclusions 2
Audit Reporting
105944L6 Make certification decision 2
Level 7

6. Certification Quality Management

Quality management is an important aspect in a certification body to ensure the quality of outputs of its auditing work for certifying a management system or a product by maintaining its quality system in compliance with the requirements of relevant international standards and/or accreditation criteria. The major functions in this functional area include Certification Quality System Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Maintenance.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Certification Quality System Implementation
105951L4 Implement actions taken against misuse of marks and hazardous certified products 2
105952L4 Implement procedures for evaluation of authenticity of certified products 2
Certification Quality System Maintenance
105955L4 Implement corrective actions and preventive actions for certification services 2
Level 5
Certification Quality System Implementation
105949L5 Implement certification quality management system 2
105950L5 Evaluate subcontractor of certification activities 2
Certification Quality System Monitoring
105953L5 Conduct management review on certification services 2
105954L5 Conduct internal audit of certification services 2
Level 6
Certification Quality System Development
105947L6 Formulate quality management system for certification services 6
105948L6 Evaluate performance of personnel involved in audits and certification activities 2
Level 7

7. Operations Management

Operations Management covers the provision of operational and management support for TIC activities. The major functions in this functional area include Ethical Management; Environmental Protection; Occupational Safety and Health; Risk Management; Human Resources Management; and Customer Service.

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Occupational Safety and Health
105975L2 Master terminology related to testing / inspection / certification 1
105976L2 Follow hygiene procedures 1
Level 3
Occupational Safety and Health
105973L3 Maintain laboratory / field workplace safety 2
105974L3 Handle and investigate general industrial accidents 1
Customer Service
105985L3 Interact and exchange information with customers 2
Level 4
Ethical Management
105961L4 Implement ethical practices 2
Environmental Protection
105964L4 Monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 2
Occupational Safety and Health
105969L4 Implement occupational safety and health supervision 2
105970L4 Monitor occupational safety and health system 2
105971L4 Handle and dispose of chemical wastes 2
105972L4 Identify hazards associated with testing / inspection / certification activities 1
Human Resources Management
105982L4 Develop and implement staff training and development programmes 2
Customer Service
105984L4 Follow up feedback from customers 2
Level 5
Ethical Management
105960L5 Monitor the implementation of ethical practices 2
Environmental Protection
105963L5 Implement environmental management system 2
Occupational Safety and Health
105966L5 Establish occupational safety and health system and guidelines 2
105967L5 Establish chemical waste handling procedures 1
105968L5 Perform risk assessment for laboratory / site work 2
Risk Management
105978L5 Develop risk management strategies 2
105979L5 Implement crisis management plans 2
Human Resources Management
105981L5 Recruit and retain competent personnel 2
Customer Service
105983L5 Handle and resolve customer service problems 2
Level 6
Ethical Management
105956L6 Formulate ethical management policy 2
105957L6 Establish code of conduct for testing services 2
105958L6 Establish code of conduct for inspection services 2
105959L6 Establish code of conduct for certification services 2
Environmental Protection
105962L6 Formulate environmental management system and workplace environmental policy 4
Occupational Safety and Health
105965L6 Formulate occupational safety and health policy and improvement plans 2
Risk Management
105977L6 Formulate risk management plans 2
Human Resources Management
105980L6 Formulate staff training and people development plan 2
Level 7
Note:
  1. The SCSs have been moderated by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to ensure consistency of QF level across industries.
  2. The contents of all SCSs will be updated regularly.
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