This FAQ is an extrapolation of the broad principles of the HKICP’s proposal for the Accredited Register Scheme for Clinical Psychologists (AR CP). The information provided is for a general understanding only. It is not intended to be, and it does not represent, a statement of endorsement or the actual results of individual application for the future accredited registration.

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  1. The present HKICP’s proposal is standard-based and not based on membership of professional body.
  2. Individuals who have completed local recognized CP training programme with adequate clinical training could make an application to become registered.
  3. Individuals who have completed CP training programme from overseas countries accredited by recognized bodies; with adequate clinical training and license / registration to practice clinical psychology in the country where the degree is conferred could make an application to become registered.
  4. The application will be processed based on all the information provided. Applicants are strongly advised to give as much details in their application as possible.
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  1. Bachelor degree in psychology is a requirement of basic training in psychology before the commencement of advanced professional clinical psychology training.
  2. A list of existing local programmes recognized by HKICP as equivalent pre-requisite qualifications is included in the document: D08 - Membership Registration and Handling Policy (Appendix 1). Equivalent qualifications from historical local training programmes will also be considered (e.g., Post-graduate Certificate in Psychology conferred by the University of Hong Kong, Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology conferred by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology conferred by the City University of Hong Kong / City Polytechnic of Hong Kong).
  3. Graduates of clinical psychology training accredited by overseas professional bodies recognised by HKICP would normally be considered as able to fulfil this requirement.
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  1. English language proficiency is required as a registration criterion as it is the language generally used for professional exchange in Hong Kong. The standard required has taken reference from other health professionals in Hong Kong (e.g., Occupational Therapist).
  2. Applicants can provide alternative proof other than IELTS. These may include other internationally recognised tests (e.g., TOEFL), or proof of completion of accredited clinical psychology post-graduate training programme which used English as the medium of instruction.
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Part 4 of Education Standards illustrates the Body of Knowledge which is generally expected for practice of clinical psychology in Hong Kong. This involves teaching and supervision work in multidisciplinary setting(s). The description of body of knowledge is to enhance public understanding on the practice of clinical psychology, it is not a description of specific syllabus or course in the CP training programme.

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  1. Clinical training across age groups in various multidisciplinary settings are considered as the basic training required for practice of clinical psychology in HK.
  2. Applicants with overseas accredited CP training qualification recognised by HKICP and have license to practice clinical psychology in the country where the degree is conferred, but without sufficient clinical training specifically for adult or child population may apply for waiving the training requirement on the use of local tests and sign an undertaking which states that the Applicants will provide psychological services within the boundaries of their competence and will not use the Cantonese psychological tests validated in Hong Kong for the specific population that has not been adequately covered in their training until they have received relevant education, training, or supervised experience.
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  1. Knowledge and training in local testing component is an important education standard for CP and requirement for recognition of training programme in Hong Kong. It is a requirement for applicants of alternative qualification assessment who would require remedial training.
  2. Applicants who are non-Cantonese speaking may apply for waiving the training requirement on the use of local tests and sign an undertaking which states that the Applicants will provide psychological services within the boundaries of their competence and will not use the Cantonese psychological tests validated in Hong Kong.
  3. Applicants with overseas accredited CP training qualification recognised by HKICP and have license to practice clinical psychology in the country where the degree is conferred, but without sufficient clinical training specifically for adult or child population may apply for waiving the training requirement on the use of local tests and sign an undertaking which states that the Applicants will provide psychological services within the boundaries of their competence and will not use the Cantonese psychological tests validated in Hong Kong for the specific population that has not been adequately covered in their training until they have received relevant education, training, or supervised experience.
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  1. A registrant must accumulate a minimum of 20 CPD points in a year in order to renew the membership with HKICP and remain as a Member of Register of Clinical Psychologists accredited by the Department of Health.
  2. If a registrant obtains 10 or more CPD points but fails to comply with the 20 CPD points requirement in a year, he/she shall make up for the outstanding CPD points in the following year. Failure to do so will result in removal of his/her name from the register at the end of the second year.
  3. If a registrant obtains less than 10 CPD points in a year, his/her name will be removed from the register at the end of that year.
  4. A normal CPD year begins on 1st January. If the date of admission to the register falls on a day between 1st July to 31st December, the registrant is required to start accumulating CPD points on 1st January of the subsequent year. If the date of admission to the register falls on a day between 1st January to 30th June, the registrant is required to obtain a minimum of 10 CPD points for that year and starts his/her normal CPD year in the subsequent year.