Continuing Professional Development
The objectives of the Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Tourist
Guides (the CPD Scheme) are:
- to encourage tourist guides to constantly absorb new knowledge and upgrade
- to systematically maintain and upgrade tourist guides' professional knowledge,
skills and ethics.
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.
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
Content: "Knowledge on Hong Kong" (information on scenic spots,
basic facts about Hong Kong, relevant statistics, etc.)
- Attend a "Knowledge on Hong Kong" Workshop held
by organisations recognised by the TIC (to be launched by the end of October
2009 ; please contact the relevant organisations direct for the commencement
dates), OR pass the "Knowledge on Hong Kong" Quiz
"Knowledge on Hong Kong" Workshop: The workshop, which
lasts at least six hours, will be held by organisations recognised by the
"Knowledge on Hong Kong" Quiz: The TIC will issue a new
edition of "Knowledge on Hong Kong" each year for tourist guides'
reference and self-study. Quizzes will be held regularly for tourist guides
(a fee is needed). The quiz consists of fill-in-the-blank questions. The
number of resits is unlimited.
Requirement: Tourist guides need to attend the workshop OR
pass the quiz before applying for their Pass for the second time or subsequent
B. Professional ethics
Content: Professional ethics, "Honest Travel", legal liability
related to the work of tourist guides, etc.
- 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).
- 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
C. Self-selected courses
- 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
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.
- 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.