Certificates recognised by the TIC and relevant examinations

Holders of the following categories of certificates have to attend the relevant examinations or activities, and meet the application requirements to be eligible to apply to the TIC for the Tourist Guide Pass. There are six categories of certificates recognised by the TIC:

Category I certificate
Issued by
1.
Certificate of the "Tour Coordinator Certificate Course" ( course discontinued )

Hong Kong Tourism Board (formerly known as "Hong Kong Tourist Association"), Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Chai Wan) (formerly known as "Hong Kong Technical College (Chai Wan)") and Hong Kong Association of Registered Tour Coordinators

Examination to be attended:
Applicants must pass the TIC's written examination* (click here to download the details and enrolment form).
*Certificate holders must have at least one year's experience in tour-guiding to be eligible to take the above examination.

Category II certificateIssued by
2.Higher Diploma in Travel and Tourism (course discontinued)Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
3.Higher Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management (course discontinued )
4.Higher Diploma in Tourism and MICE (Travel Industry Management Stream)
5.Diploma in Travel and Tourism ( course discontinued ) Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Haking Wong) (formerly known as "Haking Wong Technical Institute")
6.Vocational Certificate in Inbound Travel Operations ( course discontinued )
7.Certificate in Travel and Tourism ( course discontinued )
8.Certificate for Tourism Co-ordination Officers ( course discontinued )
9.Certificate in Tour Coordination ( course discontinued )
10.Certificate of the "Tour Guide and Service Culture" course (course discontinued ) Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre
11.Advanced Certificate in Tour Guide and Service Culture
12.Diploma in Tour Service and Travel Agency Operations

Examinations to be attended:
Applicants must pass the TIC's written and practical examinations (click here to download the details and enrolment form).

Category III certificateIssued by
13.
Certificate of the "Tour Coordinator Training Course" ( course discontinued )

Hong Kong Tourist Association (now known as "Hong Kong Tourism Board")

Examination and activity to be attended:
Applicants must pass the TIC's written and practical examinations (click here to download the details and enrolment form), and attend an ICAC seminar arranged by the TIC.

Category IV certificateIssued by
14.
Certificate of the " Pre-service Tourist Guide Training Course "

TIC and relevant training institutions

Examinations to be attended:
Applicants must pass the TIC's written and practical examinations (candidates should register for the examinations through their training institutions).

Category V certificateIssued by

15.

Certificate of the "SUS In-service Tour Guide Training Course" ( course discontinued )

Skills Upgrading Scheme (SUS) for the Travel Industry and relevant training institutions

16.

Composite Certificate of the SUS Integrated Tour Guide Training Course, or Testimonial of Studies of the "Tour Guide Training Course" module of the SUS Integrated Tour Guide Training Course ( course discontinued )

Skills Upgrading Scheme (SUS) for the Travel Industry

17. Certificate of the " SUS Tour Guide Training Course (II) " ( course discontinued )
Skills Upgrading Scheme (SUS) for the Travel Industry and relevant training institutions
18.
Certificate in Tourist Guide Training (Part-time) (known as Module Certificate in Tourist Guide Training before 1 April 2014)

Employees Retraining Board's Skills Upgrading Scheme Plus and relevant training institutions

Examination to be attended:
Applicants do not need to take the TIC's examinations.

Category VI certificateIssued by
19.
Bachelor's degree or above in any discipline

Relevant institutions

Examinations to be attended:
Applicants must pass the TIC's written and practical examinations (click here to download the details and enrolment form).

Remarks:

a)Holders of recognised certificates (Categories I, II?and III) who wish to take the qualifying examinations may contact the TIC Industry Training Department on 2807-1199 for enquiries on and booking of the examinations.
b)Tourist guides who are unable to take designated tourist guide training courses and sit the relevant examination because of their inability to understand Chinese and English may obtain the Tourist Guide Pass through the Accreditation System for Non-English-and-Chinese-Speaking Tourist Guides .

For enquiries, please call the TIC Industry Training Department on 2807-1199 during office hours.