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Individual Qualification Assessment

The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) provides assessment services for the general public, organisations, and government bureau/departments on qualifications awarded by granting bodies outside Hong Kong.  The HKCAAVQ offers a professional opinion on whether the totality of the educational qualifications (i.e. the integrated learning outcomes of the highest and terminal educational qualification) of an individual meets the standard of a particular level of qualification in Hong Kong. 

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Steps to Qualification Assessment (QA)
  • 1 Preparation
    Preparation

    Applicant to prepare supporting documents and assessment fee.

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  • 2 Submission
    Submission

    Applicant to complete application form at the QA i-Portal with all scanned supporting documents uploaded and to send certified true copies of documents by post to HKCAAVQ (for overseas applicant).

  • Next
  • 3 Assessment
    Assessment

    HKCAAVQ to conduct the assessment in 15 working days.

  • 4 Outcome
    Outcome

    HKCAAVQ will contact applicant once the assessment is completed via email or telephone for collection of result.

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  • 5 Review (Optional)
    Review
    (If necessary)

    Applicants unsatisfied with the assessment determination may apply for review.

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Assessment of Teacher Training Qualifications

Since 2005, HKCAAVQ has also been engaged by the Education Bureau to provide qualifications assessment services for prospective teachers with overseas qualifications who wish to apply for teacher registration in Hong Kong. For details of teacher registration procedures, please contact the Education Bureau.

Assessment of QMAS Applicant’s Qualifications

Since 2006, HKCAAVQ has assessed the educational qualifications of Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) applicants who wish to come to Hong Kong to settle. For details of QMAS application procedures, please contact the Immigration Department.

Registration of Healthcare Professionals

Under existing legislation, the following healthcare professionals are required to be registered with their respective boards or councils before they are allowed to practise in Hong Kong. Lists of the registered healthcare professionals are provided on the respective Board’s or Council’s website, where available.

  • Medical Practitioners
  • Chinese Medicine Practitioners
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Radiographers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors

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Professional Organisations

    For more details about the standards, qualifications and registration of different professions in Hong Kong, please refers to the respective professional organisations, boards and councils as below:


  • Architects Registration Board
    • The Architects Registration Board is a body corporate established under the Architects Registration Ordinance (Chapter 408) to provide for the registration of architects and disciplinary control of the professional activities of registered architects, and for related matters. The Ordinance applies to any person who is involved in the design, construction or fitting out of buildings and who describes himself as an architect.

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  • Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong
    • The Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (the Council) is a statutory body established under the Chinese Medicine Ordinance. Established on 13 September 1999, the Council is responsible for implementing regulatory measures for Chinese medicine practitioners and Chinese medicines. The main purpose for regulation of Chinese medicine is to protect public health and consumers' rights and to ensure the professional standard of Chinese medicine practitioners and the trade of Chinese medicines through "self-regulation".

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  • Chiropractors Council
    • The Chiropractors Council was established under the Chiropractors Registration Ordinance, Chapter 428, Laws of Hong Kong, in 1993. With the enactment of the Chiropractors Registration (Fees) Regulation and the Chiropractors (Registration and Disciplinary Procedure) Rules, Chapter 428 subsidiary legislations A and B, Laws of Hong Kong, registration of the profession of chiropractors commenced on 1 September 2001. Relevant provisions in the Ordinance which prohibit practice of chiropractic by unregistered persons has come into effect on 13 February 2003.

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  • The Dental Council of Hong Kong
    • The Dental Council of Hong Kong is established under the Dentists Registration Ordinance, Chapter 156, Laws of Hong Kong. It provides for the registration and regulation of the dental profession in order to protect patients, foster ethical conduct, and develop and upkeep the ethical standard of the profession. The Dental Council is responsible for the registration of dentists, the conduct of the Licensing Examination, the maintenance of ethics, professional standards and discipline of the profession.

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  • Engineers Registration Board
    • The ERB (Engineers Registration Board) is established under the Engineers Registration Ordinance, Chapter 409, Laws of Hong Kong. It provides for the registration and regulation of the professional engineers.

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  • The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
    • The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) was established under the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Ordinance (Cap 419) in 1993. It is an independent institution with the statutory power to organise, monitor, assess and accredit all medical specialists training and to oversee the provision of continuing medical education.

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  • Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
    • The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA), established in 1977, is an independent, self-financing statutory body. The major function of the HKEAA is to administer public examinations in Hong Kong. The scope of responsibility extends to administrating significant numbers of international and professional examinations.

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  • Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics
    • The Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics (HKIOA) was founded in 1993 in Hong Kong by a group of local acousticians. The Institute aims to promote the knowledge and practice of acoustics and also maintain and present the integrity and status of the profession to the public and the government. At present, the Institute has more than 440 members from different disciplines: architect, building services, consultancy, education, government, research and academics. Majority of the members are also Chartered Engineers or members of other local and overseas professional institutions.

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  • Hong Kong Institute of Bankers
    • The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (The HKIB) has been serving the local banking community in the provision of education and training since 1963. In 1995, with the encouragement and support of the local banking community, the Institute declared its independence from its parent institute in UK. With an independent status, the Institute is able to better serve the training needs of the bankers in the region and to reflect the importance of Hong Kong as an international financial center.

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  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    • The Hong Kong Institute of CPAs evolved from the Hong Kong Society of Accountants, which was established on 1 January 1973. The Institute operates under the Professional Accountants Ordinance and works in the public interest. The Institute has wide-ranging responsibilities, including assuring the quality of entry into the profession through its postgraduate CPA qualification programme and promulgating financial reporting, auditing and ethical standards in Hong Kong. The Institute has responsibility for regulating and promoting efficient accounting practices in Hong Kong to safeguard its leadership as an international financial centre.

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  • The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects
    • The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) was founded in April 1988. The legal status of the HKILA was confirmed and objectives of the HKILA were defined with the enactment of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects Incorporation Ordinance in 1996. The main aim is to promote the highest standard in the arts and sciences of landscape architecture and management throughout Hong Kong.

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  • Hong Kong Institute of Planners
    • The Institute became a statutory body with the enactment of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners Incorporation Ordinance 1991 by the Legislative Council. The Institute is recognised by all concerned local and overseas organisations as the professional planning institute representing the planning profession in Hong Kong. The Council of the Institute appoints Members to sit on the Planners Registration Board established under the Planners Registration Ordinance.

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  • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors
    • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) is the only surveying professional body incorporated by ordinance in Hong Kong. It established in 1984 and its work includes setting standards for professional services and performance, establishing codes of ethics, determining requirements for admission as professional surveyors, and encouraging members to upgrade skills through continuing professional development.

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  • The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers
    • The Engineering Society of Hong Kong was founded in 1947 with the aim of bringing together engineers of different Disciplines for their common good. The Society flourished and as a result the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (the HKIE), was incorporated under the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Ordinance, Chapter 1105 of the Laws of Hong Kong in 1975. Adapting to the needs of engineers in Hong Kong, the Institution continues to develop and expand.

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  • Hong Kong Waste Management Association
    • It aims to promote and encourage the maintenance of high standards of solid waste management in Hong Kong, including hazardous waste management and liquid waste issues associated with solid waste management.

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  • Housing Managers Registration Board
    • The Housing Managers Registration Board was established with effect from 1 April 2000 in order to perform the functions specified in the Housing Managers Registration Ordinance which was enacted on 26 November 1999. It aims to provide for the registration of professional housing managers and the disciplinary control of their professional activities and related matters.

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  • International Water Association Regional Committee of Hong Kong, China
    • International Water Association (IWA) was founded in September 1999 by the merger of the International Association of Water Quality (IAWQ) and the International Water Services Association (IWSA). IWA is a global network of water professionals, spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle.

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  • Landscape Architects Registration Board
    • The Landscape Architects Registration Board (LARB) operates in strict accordance with the Landscape Architects Registration Ordinance - Cap 516 (LARO). It provides for the registration and regulation of the landscape architect and registered landscape architect.

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  • The Medical Council of Hong Kong
    • The Medical Council of Hong Kong operates in strict accordance with the Medical Registration Ordinance. It is responsible for the Licensing Examination.

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  • Medical Laboratory Technologists Board
    • The Medical Laboratory Technologists Board was established under the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, in 1981. It provides for the registration and regulation of the medical laboratory technologists.

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  • Midwives Council of Hong Kong
    • The Midwives Council of Hong Kong (the Council) is a statutory authority established under the Midwives Registration Ordinance, Cap. 162 (the Ordinance). Its objective is to provide the community with midwives of the highest professional standard and conduct.

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  • The Nursing Council of Hong Kong
    • The Nursing Council is formerly known as the Nursing Board. The Nurses Registration (Amendment) Ordinance 1997 was introduced to re-name the Nursing Board as Nursing Council and to broaden its representation to encourage greater involvement of the profession in its own affairs. The Nursing Council came into being on 3 May 1999.

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  • Occupational Therapists Board
    • The Occupational Therapists Board was established under the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, in 1981. It provides for the registration and regulation of the occupational therapists.

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  • Optometrists Board
    • The Optometrists Board was established under the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, in 1986. It provides for the registration and regulation of the optometrists.

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  • Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong
    • The Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong (the Board) is established under section 3 of the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap. 138, Laws of Hong Kong) to carry out functions in accordance with the provisions of the said Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation including the registration and regulation of pharmacists; licensing and regulatory control of retail traders of pharmaceutical products and wholesale dealers; and registration and classification of pharmaceutical products.

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  • Physiotherapists Board
    • The Physiotherapists Board was established under the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, in 1981. It provides for the registration and regulation of the physiotherapists.

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  • Private Wealth Management Association
    • The Private Wealth Management Association (PWMA) is a Hong Kong-based voluntary association incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. The initiative to set up an industry association for the private wealth management industry is the result of a consultancy study sponsored by the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB).

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  • Radiographers Board
    • The Radiographers Board was established under the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, in 1981. It provides for the registration and regulation of the radiographers.

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  • Securities and Futures Commission
    • The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is an independent statutory body set up in 1989 to regulate Hong Kong's securities and futures markets.

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  • Social Work Registration Board
    • Social Workers Registration Board (the Board) was established on 16 January 1998. It is a statutory body established under the Social Worker Registration Ordinance (the Ordinance) which has been put into effect since 6 June 1997. The Board is financially independent. Its mandate is strictly governed by the Ordinance. The enactment of the Ordinance is aimed at setting up a regulatory system to monitor the quality of social workers and ultimately protect the interests of service users and the general public.

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  • Surveyors Registration Board
    • The Surveyors Registration Board was established under the SURVEYORS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE (Cap. 417) in 1993. It provides for the registration and regulation of the professional surveyors.

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