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Vocational Training Council – Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) (Institutional) (CAT(I)) Policy

A Credit Accumulation and Transfer policy at institutional level [CAT(I)] is implemented across all VTC award-bearing programmes which are recognised under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (QF).  CAT(I) policy is exercised by means of either Credit Transfer or Module Exemption.


  • Credit Transfer is made on an individual module basis.  Credit transfer is normally based on formal academic achievements obtained within and/or outside VTC, on the condition that the module concerned is identical in terms of the number of credits, intended learning outcomes, the QF Level and assessment standards.  Upon approval, the student will earn credits of the corresponding modules thereby contributing towards the awards of the programme.
  • Individual Module Exemption is normally granted based on formal academic achievements and / or relevant experience with documented evidence of attainment of the required learning outcomes.  Where required, assessments on the attainment may be conducted.  When permission of Module Exemption is granted, the student will not earn credits from the module concerned and the credit requirements for the award for the student concerned will also be adjusted accordingly. 


There are ceilings on the percentage of credit transfer and / or module exemption allowed and stipulated according to the regulations of the respective programme categories.


Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) has its stipulated CAT policy and mechanism, please click here for details.