Continuing Professional Development

Objectives

The objectives of the Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Tourist Guides (the CPD Scheme) are:

  1. to encourage tourist guides to constantly absorb new knowledge and upgrade themselves, and
  2. to systematically maintain and upgrade tourist guides' professional knowledge, skills and ethics.
Target tourist guides

Those who submit their application for the Tourist Guide Pass on or before 31 December 2011 and are issued with the Pass subsequently must first fulfil the requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Tourist Guides (CPD Scheme) in order to meet the basic criteria for renewal of their Pass when they renew their Pass for the second time or subsequent times. For those who submit their application on or after 1 January 2012 and are issued with the Pass subsequently, they must meet the requirements of the CPD Scheme every time they renew their Pass.

  • Non-English-and-Chinese-speaking tourist guides who obtain the general Tourist Guide Pass by completing the SUS In-service Tour Guide Training Course (course discontinued) may choose to: (i) take part in the CPD Scheme in order to renew their Pass, which does not have any restriction on languages to be used; or (ii) not take part in the CPD Scheme, in which case they will only be issued with the Pass for Non-English-and-Chinese-speaking tourist guides when renewing their Pass, and will not be allowed to use Cantonese, Mandarin or English to receive inbound package tours.
Requirements

Tourist guides must fulfil the requirements set out below in Items A, B and C during each CPD period (a CPD period refers to the three-year period when the Tourist Guide Pass is valid) in order to be considered to have completed the CPD Scheme:

A. Consolidation and updating of knowledge

Content: "Knowledge on Hong Kong" (information on scenic spots, basic facts about Hong Kong, relevant statistics, etc.)

Mode:

Requirement: Tourist guides need to attend the workshop OR pass the quiz before applying for their Pass for the second time or subsequent times.

B. Professional ethics

Content: Professional ethics, "Honest Travel", legal liability related to the work of tourist guides, etc.

Mode:

  • Mainly specialised seminars or case-study workshops (each lasting for about 2.5 to 3 hours).
  • Specified or regularly organised by the TIC.
  • Tourist guides may freely choose suitable seminars or workshops to attend (fees are needed).

Requirement:

  • Tourist guides need to attend at least one specialised seminar or workshop lasting for 2.5 to 3 hours during each CPD period.
  • The number of hours exceeding the requirement will not be carried over into the next CPD period.
  • Please download the enrolment form for specialised seminars held by the TIC here.

C. Self-selected courses

Content:

  • Course content must cover "upgrading of skills" or "personal development". Please click here to view specific examples of the two kinds of self-selected courses.
  • Tourist guide may contact the TIC Industry Training Department on 2807-1199 to check whether the content of a course meets the requirements of the CPD Scheme.

Mode:

Tourist guides may freely take relevant courses, seminars or workshops organised by the TIC, registered training institutions or tourist guide associations and then obtain an attendance certificate. In-house training conducted by travel agents and private tuition are not accepted.

Requirement:

  • Tourist guides need to spend no less than 12 hours on the relevant courses during each CPD period (examinations are not needed).
  • Tourist guides may take several courses to accumulate the required number of hours, but the number of hours exceeding the requirement will not be carried over into the next CPD period.
  • If the attendance certificates issued by the course organisers do not specify the course duration, tourist guides may provide the course leaflets or request the organisers to issue a letter stating the course duration.
  • The studying hours accumulated before the commencement of a CPD period will not be counted.
  • The courses taken during a CPD period must be different from the ones taken during any other periods.