CEF Overview

For the CEF application procedure, please visit the following links or steps below.

Eligibility for CEF Subsidy

Applicants must be Hong Kong residents aged 18 to 70.


Applicants are required to attend a minimum of 70% attendance


Applicants are required to obtain at least 50% score in the final examination

Enhancement measures with effect from 1 April 2019

Increase subsidy ceiling from $10,000 to $20,000 per applicant


Re-activate closed accounts, the unused balance (if any) from the past could also be utilised


Co-payment ratio of course fee by learners: 20% for first $10,000 subsidy; 40% for second $10,000 subsidy


Raise upper age limit for applicants from 65 to 70


All eligible courses registered in Qualifications Register can be registered as CEF courses


Streamline application procedures, Lift restrictions on validity period and number of claims; and


Enhance quality assurance monitoring of CEF courses