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Applying to Become an Appointed Training Body

Training programmes under the "Manpower Development Scheme" at the Employees Retraining Board (ERB) are conducted by appointed Training Bodies listed in Schedule 2 of the Employees Retraining Ordinance. All Training Bodies are well experienced in adult education or vocational training, or possess employers' network. Currently, there are around 700 courses being offered through a network of around 80 Training Bodies at around 400 centres distributed throughout the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Besides training, these Training Bodies also provide career counseling services including job matching and placement referral for graduate trainees.In response to the launching of "Qualifications Register" (QR) on 5 May 2008, most ERB courses have been accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and uploaded onto the QR. To ensure that new Training Bodies possess the abilities to provide quality training and meet the quality assurance requirements of the Qualifications Framework, and that public funds are properly used, ERB requires all organisations interested in becoming our appointed Training Bodies to pass the Initial Evaluation conducted by the HKCAAVQ prior to the submission of applications (Please contact HKCAAVQ for the details of the applications for Initial Evaluation). Organisations are required to supply a copy of the "Summary Statement of Accreditation Approval" indicating that they passed the Initial Evaluation when submitting applications for becoming our appointed Training Bodies.

Applications for becoming appointed Training Bodies will be vetted by the Quality Assurance and Review Committee (QARC) of the ERB. The QARC will consider the applications based on prescribed criteria including experiences of the organisations in adult education and vocational training, employers' network, potential contributions to the "Manpower Development Scheme", etc. Applicants may at the same time submit new course proposals which will be vetted by the Course and Service Development Committee (CSDC) afterwards if their applications are successful. Applicants may be invited to attend Committee meeting(s) to introduce their proposals and answer possible enquiries of members. Proposals may need to be revised upon members' advice.

After the applications are approved by the QARC, the applications will be submitted to the Board for confirmation. Once the applications have been confirmed, the Executive Office will initiate the gazette procedure. Organisations can apply for funding to pilot new training courses or bid for courses developed by the Executive Office only after the completion of the gazette procedure and signing of the Service Agreements.

In addition, Training Bodies are partners of the ERB, through the signing of a Service Agreement, the Training Bodies will acquire an understanding of the ERB finance and course administrative guidelines, key performance indicators and assessment systems, etc. The ERB will monitor the performances of the Training Bodies and the training courses regularly and conduct on-site inspections at the training centres to assess if the re-applications of the Training Bodies to provide training courses will be approved. If performances of any Training Bodies are found to be unsatisfactory, the ERB reserves the rights to suspend and terminate the provision of funding to them.

Organisations interested in finding out more about the application procedures and details of the vetting criteria are welcome to browse other sections of this website. If further information is required, please contact the Quality Enhancement Section at 3129 1494.

Major Vetting Criteria for Appointed Training Body

Quality Assurance

  • Passed the Initial Evaluation conducted by HKCAAVQ.

Other Vetting Criteria

   1. Background of the Organisation

  • Objectives of the organisation.
  • Service target.
  • Structure and management of the organisation.
  • Operational experiences.
  • Major activities organised by the organisation and source of funding.
  • Quality Assurance Measures of the organisation.

  2. Experience in Adult / Youth Education or Vocational Training

  • The organisation should have experience in adult / youth education or vocational training.
  • Recognition of training offered by the organisation.
  • Expertise of the organisation and its relation to market demand / goal of "Manpower Development Scheme".
  • Experience in offering placement-tied courses.

 3. Placement Services and Employers' Network

  • Experience in offering placement services.
  • Understanding of the current labour market, expertise and employer network in specific industry / trade in particular.

 4. Instructors and Facilities

  • Sufficient facilities for offering training courses.
  • Instructors should be well qualified and possess relevant experience.
  • In case of placement-tied courses, the organisation should appoint experienced staff / instructors in providing placement service.

 5. Location

  • Suitable location for course offering.

 6. Contribution to the "Manpower Development Scheme"

  • Any special contribution to the "Manpower Development Scheme", e.g. quality of new course proposals.

The criteria set out above are not exclusive. They only serve as references for the Quality Assurance and Review Committee (QARC) in vetting the applications of organisations interested to become appointed ERB Training Bodies. The ERB will amend the above criteria from time to time, by taking into consideration of the development of the "Manpower Development Scheme" and comments from the Quality Assurance and Review Committee (QARC).

Download Application Guidelines & Form

Organisations interested in submitting application for new training body and proposed training course, are suggested to take reference of the following documents (in Chinese only) and submit to the Quality Enhancement Section by completing application form:

1. Application Guidelines for New Training Body  


 Download Application Guidelines for New Training Body in PDF 

2. Application Form for New Training Body

 Download Application Form for New Training Body in DOC

 Download Application Form for New Training Body in PDF 

If organisations have any enquiries regarding the application guidelines, vetting criteria and application form, please feel free to contact the Quality Enhancement Section at 3129 1494.