Proof of Qualifications

Years of work experience and relevant experience (experience correlates with the cluster for which recognition is sought) form the basic requirements for recognition of qualifications under the RPL mechanism. The requirements on the years of work experience and relevant experience for every cluster are formulated by the Fashion Industry Training Advisory Committee. Applicants should provide proof of qualifications regarding their years of service in the fashion industry and relevant work experience as required.


Years of work experience and relevant experiences are defined as the cumulative number of years engaged in the relevant job and duties. Consecutive years of experience are not required.


The certification of years of service must be issued by the employer or an authorized person (such as department heads or supervisors). If certification by the employer is not available, other supplementary evidences such as attestation of jobs issued by registered trade associations or labor unions, tax demand notes, payroll slips, certificates of provident fund or business registration certificates of the self-employed, can be submitted for the Assessment Office’s consideration. “Individual Portfolio” has also been introduced. Applications who fail to provide the aforesaid documents may submit an individual portfolio as the supplementary evidence. For details, please refer to the “Individual Portfolio”.


Requirements of years of work experience and relevant experience for every cluster are detailed in the “List of Clusters for RPL Application”.


Individual Portfolio

“Individual Portfolio” is only intended for applicants who cannot provide the following evidence of years of work experience:

  • Documentary proof of years of service issued by employers or authorized persons of the company;
  • Attestation of jobs issued by registered associations or labour unions
  • Tax demand notes, payroll slips, certificates of provident fund or MPF
  • Business registration certificates or certificates of incorporation (for the self-employed only)


QF Levels Applied

Applicable to the application of RPL qualifications at QF Levels 1 to 4.



Applicants of this category must opt for assessment (i.e. Interview / Written Test / Practical Test) in order to obtain the RPL qualification.


Documentary proof required for the “Individual Portfolio”

The documentary proof provided in the portfolio should be sufficient to show the applicant has met the following requirements:

  • Having relevant work experience in the fashion industry
  • Having the right level of competency to sit for the assessment concerned


Valid Documentary Evidence

The documentary evidences suggested below are for reference only and by no means they need to be all included in the portfolio. Applicants have the discretion to decide on the kinds of evidence to be submitted.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Employment contract
  • Training certificate
  • Letter of recommendation or testimonials issued by employers or industry professionals
  • Record of work (e.g. proposal, financial report)
  • Letter of commendation issued by clients
  • Portfolio or sample of work
  • Proof of professional qualification/membership of professional body
  • Award/certificate obtained in competitions