Following the implementation of the property management industry licensing regime (licensing regime) on 1 August 2020, the PMSA launches the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme (the Scheme) under the licensing regime for participation by property management licensees on a voluntary basis during the transitional period (ending on July 31, 2023) of the licensing regime.
The Scheme aims to equip licensees, through participation in activities/courses held or recognised by the PMSA, with up-to-date property management knowledge and skills, thereby enhancing the quality and professionalism of the property management industry. Through the Scheme, licensed property management companies can also actively promote employee training, establishing a corporate culture of lifelong learning and continually enhancing the quality of the services provided by their employees.
The PMSA will examine the Scheme’s implementation details from time to time, and will also actively solicit the views of licensees and the property management industry. Such efforts will facilitate enhancement to the Scheme for consideration of its implementation on a mandatory basis after the transitional period and ensuring that the Scheme would meet the needs of the industry.
CPD Hours per Scheme Year
The Scheme will use the calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December of each year) as its counting unit. Licensees at all levels, whether holding provisional or formal licences, may participate.
During the voluntary participation stage, the Scheme recommends that the attendance or participation hours of activities/courses that meet the criteria of the Scheme (CPD hours) for holders of Property Management Practitioner Licence (Tier 1) and (Tier 2) (formal or provisional licences) should be 12 and 6 hours respectively in each Scheme year.
The PMSA will issue certificates of recognition to licensees who have completed the PMSA recommended CPD hours in continuing education activities in each Scheme year.
Definition and Mechanism of Recognised Activities/Courses
Activities/courses under the Scheme should include the following elements:
- Equip licensees with the latest professional, regulatory and ethical knowledge;
- Enhance licensees’ professional ability in providing quality property management services; and
- Support the industry in establishing an effective property management service quality assurance system.
In addition to the relevant activities held by the PMSA under the Scheme for the licensees, the PMSA will also recognise and accept continuing education programmes organised by other statutory bodies, Government departments, professional bodies or institutions (including PMSA Recognised Professional Bodies) if they meet the criteria of the Scheme.
The PMSA will classify and recognise the activities/courses organised by other professional bodies or institutions in the market based on the content (classified as “Core” or “Non-core”) and learning model (classified as “Official” or “Unofficial”) of these activities/courses.
Activities/courses held by education institutions which are regulated by the Education Bureau and activities/courses accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (please refer to the Qualifications Register for details) will be automatically recognised under the Scheme and require no advance approval.
It is not possible for the Scheme to comprehensively cover all the activities/courses organised by various organisations. If licensees provide the PMSA with information about professional development activities/courses that meet the recognition criteria but have not been approved or recognised in advance, the PMSA will accept such information in good faith. The PMSA will, however, conduct random audit to ascertain that the licensees have actually attended these activities/courses and have attained the required attendance or completed the participation hours.
Planning and Management of Personal CPD Records
The PMSA will establish the Continuing Professional Development Scheme Electronic Recording System (the System) to facilitate licensees’ planning and management of their Scheme activities participation record. The System will allow licensees to search for information about PMSA recognised training activities and enrol for activities organised by the PMSA, either through the PMSA website or the PMSA mobile app now being developed. The System is expected to be completed and launched within 2022 and will be made available for licensees on a trial basis during the transitional period of the licensing regime.
During the period when the System has not yet been launched, licensees may use the Scheme Record Spreadsheet to record their Scheme activity/course participation.
Specified Activities/Courses under the Scheme
PMSA Continuing Professional Development Activities/Courses
The PMSA has been co-organising training programmes in respect of property management topics covering “Professional knowledge”, “Law and Regulations”, and “Management Practices” with other organisations, Government departments and public bodies with a view to further promoting the sustainable development of the property management industry, so that practitioners could provide the public with more professional and better quality property management services.
Property management licensees can earn CPD hours through participation in PMSA’s training programmes.
|Date||Event Title||Event Details|
|25/4/2022||“Management Practices” |
online seminar series
|– Resolve property management issues with mediation
– Application of Innovation and Technology in property management
|Postponed||“Management Practices” seminar series (Chinese only)||– Ways to Property Management Service Excellence – Professionalism & Integrity
– The Development of Security Services in the Property Management Industry
|25/10/2021||“Law and Regulations” online seminar series||- ”Personal Data Privacy: Guidance on Property Management Practices”
- Preparation work for the implementation of “Municipal Solid Waste Charging”
- Experience sharing on the “Municipal Solid Waste Charging” pilot scheme at Amoy Gardens
|07/05/2021||“Professional Knowledge” online seminar series||- Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guides issued under the property management industry licensing regime
- Schedule 7 to the Building Management Ordinance – Mandatory terms in deeds of mutual covenant
- Building Drainage System Repair Subsidy Scheme
Activities/Courses organised by PMSA Recognised Professional Bodies
Please click the logo of the Recognised Professional Bodies for getting the list of their CPD activities / courses recognised by the PMSA. Please contact the relevant Recognised Professional Bodies to get the details of individual activities / courses.