OUHK Appointed as the Assessment Agency of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Industry

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has been officially appointed as the assessment agency to conduct Prior Learning Assessment for practitioners in the Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) Industry.

Under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Mechanism, experienced TIC practitioners will be able to obtain formal recognition of their knowledge and skills through assessment by the Testing and Certification Programme Team of OUHK’s School of Science and Technology starting from mid-December this year.

A launching ceremony was held on 07 November 2015 to commemorate this important milestone for the University. OUHK President Prof. WONG Yuk-Shan said that the School of Science and Technology was honoured to be appointed by the Education Bureau as the RPL Assessment Agency for the TIC Industry. “This is an important recognition by the Government and the Industry in regards of our leading position in the professional training for the practitioners of the TIC Industry.”

Prof. WONG Yuk-Shan added that the RPL assessments will enhance TIC practitioners’ technical standards and skills, facilitating the professional development of the Industry in Hong Kong. It was highlighted by Prof. WONG that OUHK will be investing extra resources to further develop and upscale related programmes in Testing and Certification so as to provide professional and highly dependable training to nurture new talents for the long-term development of the TIC Industry.

The launching ceremony was officiated by:

– Secretary for Education Mr NG Hak-kim Eddie,
– OUHK President Prof. WONG Yuk-Shan,
– Industry Training Advisory Committee of the TIC Industry Chairman Mr YEUNG King-chung Spencer, and
– Qualifications Framework Secretariat General Manager Mr PANG Bing-hung Patrick.

Prof. WONG Yuk-Shan also expressed his gratitude to the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong for its generous donation of $2 million which will be used to set up a special scholarship to recognize and reward full-time students with outstanding academic achievement in the Testing and Certification programmes.

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The launching ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of “How to apply Qualifications Framework in Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry”. It was facilitated by the OUHK Dean of the School of Science & Technology Prof. HO Kin-chung, and joined by the below distinguished speakers:

– Housing Department Chief Structural Engineer (Development & Construction) Ir KWAN Kai-sing,
– Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency Chairman Ir Dr Hon LO Wai-kwok,
– Hong Kong Airline Limited Director (Services Delivery) Mr Stanley KAN, and
– Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification Limited Chairman Ir CHAN King-wa Felix.

The speakers shared their professional opinions on how the Qualifications Framework could help improve the professionalism and competitiveness of the Industry. Some other key stakeholders and experts of the TIC Industry were invited to host a series of professional seminars, bringing the latest and invaluable industry insights to the participants too.