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Accreditation of Certification Bodies
Start Date
Course Level Length in Terms Credits
Fees ($)
(including lab fees)
Future Terms
Aut 2017
Postgraduate 1 term 5
Aut 2018, Aut 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Sidney Chan, BSc (Hons), PhD (CityU)

Fees: This course will be charged via a lock-in fee system. Please refer to the fee table ‘2016 Autumn term courses’ (pages 24–26).

Important notes
This course will be taught through a part-time face-to-face mode. Lectures and tutorials will be scheduled on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. This course provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the requirements for the certification bodies themselves to be formally accredited by accreditation bodies, and the scopes of accreditation. Any details of this course may be changed without further notice.

The overall aims of this course are to interpret and apply the requirements for the following:

  • Bodies providing audit and certification of management systems in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021;

  • Bodies operating certificationa of products in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065;

  • Bodies operating certification of persons in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Backgrounds of Certification Body Accreditation

  • Requirements and Interpretation of Management System Certification -- ISO/IEC 17021

  • Requirements and Interpretation of Product Certification -- ISO/IEC 17065

  • Requirements and Interpretation of Personnel Certification -- ISO/IEC 17024

  • Implementation of Management System, Product and Personnel Certification

Learning support
There will be regular lecture and tutorial sessions spread throughout the course. In addition, a three-hour day school / workshop will be provided to the students. The day school / workshop comprises activities that aim to enhance students' practical knowledge of the operations of certification bodies accreditation.

The course assessment will include both a continuous assessment (50%) portion and a written examination (50%). The continuous assessment portion will include a quiz, a mini project and an assignment.

Online requirement
This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your lecturer as well as other students. To access the OLE, you will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

Students will need access to a computer system suitable for connecting to the Internet.

Set book(s)
To be announced.