Applications of QF

The Industry Training Advisory Committees (ITACs) have developed various tools and deliverables to cater to the needs of the industry development, including Vocational Qualifications Pathway (VQP), Specification of Competency Standards (SCS) and SCS-based training packages. These tools and deliverables aim to support the industries and educational & training providers in the development of relevant qualifications and programmes. In addition, Specification of Generic (Foundation) Competencies (SGCs) developed by the Education Bureau (EDB) serves as supplementary materials for the development of programmes and job specifications.  The EDB has also put in place designated support schemes to provide financial support to educational & training providers, assessment agencies and industry practitioners for encouraging their participations in the QF.

Vocational Qualifications Pathway (VQP) is developed by the respective Industry Training Advisory Committees (ITACs) and serves as a roadmap for progression in learning and employment within the major areas of the industry. Each pathway of a specific area outlines the key job posts and the required competencies mapped with the content of SCS for each position to form VQP qualifications. Learners or practitioners can progress at various levels through acquisition of required VQP qualifications by completing VQP courses or through assessment (i.e. Recognition of Prior Learning or Professional Qualifications Recognition).


Industries available for development of VQP courses


Benefits of VQP

    Youngsters / individuals interested in joining the industry
    • obtain industry information on career advancement
    • assist in formulating their own study plans and preparing themselves to get equiped for fulfiling job requirements and personal career development
    Learners / industry practitioners
    • obtain VQP qualifications through education and training or assessments
    • demonstrate the ability in performing specific job positions, thereby providing more opportunities for continuous learning and career development
    Employers & HR departments
    • make reference to the content of VQP as a blueprint for talent recruitment, performance evaluation or providing upskilling and training opportunities for employees
    Professional bodies / licensing authorities
    • use VQP qualifications as objective standards for assessing competency requirements in determining professional qualifications or license requirements
    Education & Training Providers
    • develop VQP courses that are tailored to the specific industry and job requirements, thereby strengthening the link between learning and work

    SCS sets out the skills, knowledge and competency standards required of the practitioners to perform various job functions in industries effectively. The competency standards applicable to an industry are presented as Units of Competency (UoCs) in its SCS. Every UoC includes its QF Level, Credit, Competency, Range and Assessment Criteria.

    Generic skills, like industry-specific competencies, are essential to the effective performance of job functions by practitioners at the workplace. The Specification of Generic (Foundation) Competencies (SGC) developed by the Education Bureau covers four strands of generic skills: English, Chinese (including Cantonese and Putonghua), Information Technology and Numeracy. The SGC and the industry-specific SCS complement each other in the development of learning programmes relevant to industry needs.

    Download Specification of Generic (Foundation) Competencies (SGC):

    Applications for SCSs

    Employers & HR departments
    • for development of in-house training programmes, competency based job specifications, appraisal of staff performance and criteria for recruitment, etc.
    Education & Training Providers
    • develop SCS-based courses which fit the industry needs, thereby strengthening the link between learning and work
    • SCS of the differenct industries could be found in the industry specific websites at the bottom of this page
    Professional bodies / licensing authorities
    • objective standards for assessing competency requirements in determining professional qualifications or license requirements
    • a basis for assessing and recognising the skills and experience acquired by practitioners under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism
    SCS-based Course development
    • SCS-based / SGC-based courses refer to education and training programmes that adopt the SCSs or SGCs as the main basis for curriculum design.  
    • the structure and design of SCS-based/SGC-based courses are governed by the principles stipulated under the Qualifications Guidelines (QG) issued by the Education Bureau

    The Financial Secretary announced in the 2013-14 Budget to allocate from that year on additional resources to Industry Training Advisory Committees (ITACs) set up under the QF to launch new initiatives to facilitate further development of QF in industries. Production of SCS-based Training Packages aims to encourage more enterprises and education and training providers to develop QF-recognised courses to address the training needs of industries, and to help them save on the resources needed to develop full sets of training materials.

    Using selected units of competency (UoCs) which correspond with a job role in the industry, an SCS-based Training Package outlines the essential elements for a learning programme, offering for reference the contents of learning, assessment guidelines, as well as supporting and reference materials. Training Packages are SCS-based, with learning and assessment materials derived from the selected UoCs which correspond with the job role and function. The performance requirements in the UoCs are applied in the learning outcome of the Training Package, and the learning and assessment materials correspond with the learning outcome.

    A Training Package exemplifies the design of course structure, and comes with suggestions on study materials such as case studies and illustrations. It contains not only the concepts, principles and application processes of the job function concerned, but also good practices that are widely adopted in the industry. Assessment materials include sample tasks or activities, methods and context of assessment, outcome standards and performance rubric that are appropriate to the contents of learning.

    The contents of each Training Package are developed for the specific learner profile, mode of learning and assessment method, which can be used as reference in course designs. Enterprises and education and training providers who wish to use it as a blueprint for course development should adjust the relevant contents according to the learning objectives, target learners, entry requirements such as academic level and experience, as well as the mode of learning. For a learning programme to become QF-recognised, it must successfully pass the quality-assurance process of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.


    SCS-based Training Packages available for the following industries

    Electrical & Mechanical Services (Chinese version only)
    • 電力裝置(行業認知)(一級)
    • 電力裝置(實務技能)(一級)
    • 低壓裝置安裝及保養維修(行業認知)(二級)
    • 低壓裝置安裝及保養維修(實務技能)(二級)
    • 低壓裝置安裝及保養維修(行業認知)(三級)
    • 低壓裝置安裝及保養維修(實務技能)(三級)
    • 低壓裝置安裝及保養維修(專業處理)(三級)
    Hairdressing (Chinese version only)
    • 頭髮及頭皮管理(二/三級)
    • 顧客服務及銷售(三級)
    Jewellery (Chinese version only)
    • 銷售範疇(一級)
    • 銷售範疇(二級)
    • Hong Kong's Import and Export Trade and Government Regulation (Level 2)
    • Hong Kong Customs Declaration and Clearance Procedures (Level 2)
    Property Management (Chinese version only)
    • 建築物保安(二級)
    • 環境安全(二級)
    Retail (Chinese version only)
    • 顧客服務(三級)
    • 銷售和市場推廣(三級)
    • 店舖營運(四級)
    Security Services
    • Basic guarding for QASRS (Level 1)
    • Progressive guarding services (Level 2)
    • Security Services Train the trainer course (Level 4) 
    Watch & Clock (Chinese version only)
    • 推廣銷售範疇(一級)
    • 推廣銷售範疇(二級)
    • 營運管理範疇(二級)
    • 營運管理範疇(三級)
    Support Scheme for Education and Training providers (including organisations offering in-house training programmes)
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Support Scheme
    Support Scheme for Recognition of Professional Qualifications under HKQF