The Registration of Reimbursable Courses under the Continuing Education Fund
In June 2002, the Government set up the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) to subsidize those with learning aspirations to continuous education and training programmes. The aim is to help people pursue continuous learning, thereby preparing Hong Kong's workforce for the knowledge-based economy. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees, subject to a maximum sum of $10,000, on successful completion of a reimbursable course.
Course providers who wish to include their courses under the "Reimbursable Course List" of the CEF should submit an application for registration. Following a review completed in mid-2007, improvement measures have been introduced by phases to enhance the operation of the CEF since September 2007. The linkage of the CEF to the Qualification Framework (QF) / Specifications of Competency Standards (SCSs) represents the implementation of the final phase of the improvement measures. The tie-in will on the one hand enhance the relevance of CEF courses so that they can better meet the manpower needs of the industries and, on the other, provide financial support to learners in those industries that have joined the QF.
Commencing from 5 May 2008, all new CEF courses will have to undergo a formal accreditation exercise conducted by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and be registered under the Qualifications Register (QR) before their registration under the CEF.
Meanwhile, new courses falling outside the eight specified domains of the CEF may also be considered for registration under the CEF upon the launch of the QF if they are designed in accordance with the SCSs drawn up by the respective Industry Training Advisory Committees and are registered under the QR.
The eight specified domains of the CEF are business services, financial services, logistics, tourism, creative industry, design, language, and interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for the workplace.
SCSs have been developed under QF. The completed SCSs have been uploaded on the website of the QF http://www.hkqf.gov.hk/ for public reference.
For the new procedures and application forms of the registration of reimbursable courses under CEF, please visit the website of the HKCAAVQ
Course Amendment Form
Course Amendment Form for Registered IISW Courses
A Dos and Don'ts List for CEF Course Providers