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Accreditation and Exemption

Educational institutions may seek to have their courses recognised by HKIM so their students may achieve additional recognition with HKIM, seeking partial exemptions from HKIM courses and becoming its members. 

HKIM has formal schemes and procedures for accrediting third party programmes. Accreditation is given on basis of the vigour and coverage of programmes.

HKIM will review each programme and consider the following factors:

  • Whether the institution offering the award is an accredited educational body at post secondary level (i.e., already offering programmes beyond Level 3 of the HKQF).
  • Whether the programme has relevance to a level and content of the HKIM curriculum.
  • Whether, holistically, the learning outcomes and syllabus content of the programme can be mapped against one or more modules of the HKIM curriculum. At least 80% of equivalency will be required.

Accreditation will be first considered for an entire stage of the HKIM curriculum. If this is not feasible, consideration will be given for individual modules of a stage. Accreditation may not be given to the HKIM Case Study modules and/or the Graduate/Executive Diploma stage.

Accredited programmes are normally granted for a period of ‘N+1’ years, where N is the duration of the programme. Subjected to performance of the delivery, revalidation may be considered for a maximum of ‘N+2’ years.

HKIM should be notified of any changes to an approved curriculum. Depending on the extent of change(s), a re-validation may be required.

To proceed with an assessment, a number of documents will be required from the awarding institution, including:

  • General information about the institution such as government registration status, existing programmes offered, student admission requirements, CV of key teaching staff involved in the programme, etc.
  • Detailed curriculum information, including learning outcome(s), syllabus, quality assurance system, course recognition/ validation and other relevant course information.
  • Sample examination/ assessment papers and students’ scripts. If the programme is a new one, pilot assessment papers should be submitted.
Fees (as of October 1, 2009)

Fees for accreditation vary according to the existing relationship with HKIM. An institution may be a partner, offering programmes in collaboration with HKIM, or it can be an independent operator providing a certificated programme on marketing and seeking recognition from HKIM.

Independent HKSAR Government accredited institutions delivering higher or vocational education programmes not in collaboration with HKIM but seeking HKIM validation for purposes of partial/modular exemptions.
Partners Educational institutions offering joint/ dual award programmes in conjunction with HKIM.

Institutions offering more than one programme may enjoy a discount on the validation fee for the second and subsequent programmes which are in the same generic series or suite as the first/original programme. To be considered as part of the same generic suite, contents of the programmes in the suite should have at least 60% common modules, and application for assessment should be submitted at the same time as the first/original programme.

HK$ First time validation Revalidation/ Renewals
First Programme 2nd Programme First Programme 2nd Programme
Application $1,000 $1,000 N/A N/A
Independent $12,000 $8,400 $8,400 $5,880
Partners $9,600 $6,720 $6,720 $4,704


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