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About courses
These courses are designed for adult students with no previous experience in the construction industry who wish to join the construction industry through a structured short training programme. They are designed to enable students to acquire a specialised operation, trade or skill in a short period of time and to obtain a professional skill level qualification.

For example, industry awareness, construction safety training, work ethics and conduct, as well as specific operations, trades and skills for individual trades.

The medium of instruction for all full-time courses is Cantonese and the lectures are mainly in Chinese, except for designated courses.

Full-time short courses and the Enhanced Construction Manpower Training Scheme range from two weeks to four and a half months, depending on the course.

Monday to Friday: 8:20 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Except for the following courses:

Crane Operation 

Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:48 p.m.

Loadshifting Machinery Operators

Monday to Saturday: 8:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

HKIC has training venues in Kowloon Bay, Kwai Chung, Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun and Tai Po and classes are held throughout the year. 

There are many aspects that need to be co-ordinated in order to start a class, including the number of students enrolled, the arrangement of instructors, the training schedule, etc. Applicants are advised to apply for the course first and an interview will be arranged.  Successful interviewees will be arranged as soon as possible, and we will contact you by phone before the start of the course to confirm if you are successful.

Teaching staff will monitor students' learning progress and skill level through daily assignments and assessments during the course.

Prior to the completion of the course, students will be arranged to attend a trade test / or safety test conducted by theHong Kong Construction Industry Trade Testing Centre to enable them to obtain professional qualifications in the construction industry.

A full-time short course certificate will be awarded to students who have achieved 95% attendance and 100% attendance in the course of Loadshifting Machinery Operators, a pass in the specified tests and the individual graduation requirements specified for each course.

Full-time short courses do not require tuition fees and there is a monthly allowance ranging from HK$4,800 to HK$12,910 (retention allowance included). For details, please refer to the relevant course information.

The courses are divided into the Regular Short Courses and the Short Courses - Enhanced Construction Manpower Training Scheme  (ECMTS). The  Regular short course is subsidised at HK$4,800, while the ECMTS Programme is designed to attract newcomers to the construction industry by providing a subsidy of HK$12,910 (including retention allowance) for trades with a shortage of manpower.

Students are required to provide their Hong Kong bank savings accounts (virtual bank accounts are not accepted for the time being) to the Institue for autopay processing. The monthly allowance will be automatically transferred to the student by the bank by the middle of the following month.

HKIC does not restrict students' activities outside the classroom. However, the curriculum is based on classroom lectures and practical work. There are also opportunities to operate tools and machines, so students should be mentally and physically capable of meeting the demands of the course.

All subjects are suitable for both men and women. Some subjects are more popular with women, such as painting, bricklaying and tiling. However, some courses may have special physical or psychological requirements, please refer to item 15 below.

About applications

i) Applicants can apply online at;

ii) Application forms to be returned to the Construction Industry Council, 38/F, COS Centre, 56 Tsun Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong;

iii) Application forms should be returned in person to any of Hong Kong Construction Institute's campus, Hong Kong Construction Industry Trade Testing Centres or any of the CIC Service Centres;

iv) Fax the application form to +852 2100 9139.

Basic Entry Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old on or before the commencement date of the course.
  • Must be a legal resident of Hong Kong and legally employable in Hong Kong; and
  • be able to read and write Chinese and communicate in Cantonese, except for individual courses taught in English.
  • Must pass an interview for admission
  • For some courses, applicants must pass a physical fitness test and a colour vision/colour vision deficiency test.


Other individual course requirements:


Regular Courses:

Certificate in Computer Aided Drafter - F.5 in HKCEE or F.6 or above in HKDSE

Certificate in Quantity Surveying - F.5 in HKCEE or F.6 or above in HKDSE


Enhanced Construction Manpower Training Scheme:

Certificate in Site Surveying - F.5 in HKCEE or F.6 or above in DSE with a pass in Mathematics or equivalent 

Certificate in Surveying and Setting-Out - F.3 or above

Certificate in Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting - F.3 or above

Certificate in Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting (English) - F.3 or above

Certificate in Repair, Maintenance, Alteration and Addition (Building Construction) - P6 or above and pass the colour vision test

Certificate in Repair, Maintenance, Alteration and Addition (Electrical and Mechanical) - pass the colour vision deficiency test

Certificate in Electrical Installation - F.3 or above with colour vision test

Certificate in Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning & Ventilation Installations - F.3 or above, with colour vision test

Certificate in Fire Service Electrical Fitting - F.3 or above, with colour vision test

Certificate in Fire Service Mechanical Fitting - F.3 or above

Certificate in Painting - F.3 or above with colour vision test is required

Certificate in Bar-Bending and Fixing - Pass a physical fitness test

Structural Steel Welding  - F.3 or above with 2 years' welding experience and intermediate test certificate

Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operation - Operators are required to hold a valid Hong Kong Driving Licence (Vehicle Classification Code 2)

Crawler-Mounted Crane Operation - A valid Hong Kong Driving Licence  (Vehicle Classification Code 2) is required

Applicants can first apply for the course and submit a copy of their qualifications, which will be reviewed by the Institue to see if they are recognised.

None. However, applicants are required to follow the requirements of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Trade Testing Centre to ensure that candidates are in safe and suitable physical condition to sit for the specific competency-based examinations. Candidates aged 65 or above taking trade tests or other trade tests are required to provide a medical examination report issued by a registered medical practitioner. Therefore, applicants for full-time short courses who have reached the age of 65 at the time of application or before completion of the course will be required to provide this at the time of interview.

No. If the applicant submits the application form repeatedly, the Institute will automatically cancel the previous form submitted by the applicant and only process the last form submitted without prior notice.

As there are already many applicants on the waiting list and the waiting time is quite long, we are not accepting applications for the time being. An announcement will be made on the HKIC website when applications are re-opened.

A reply will normally be received within seven working days and HKIC will make an appointment to meet with eligible applicants. Please note the phone or WhatsApp Messenger.

The purpose of the interview is to understand the applicant's work experience, purpose of study, health condition, academic qualifications and work aspirations, etc., and to assess whether the applicant is suitably qualified for the training and career development of the programme.

  • "Interview Notification Letter "(for those who have made an appointment for an interview only); and
  • Proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong Identity Card, One-way Permit or Document of Identity) to prove that you are legally allowed to stay in Hong Kong.
  • If the course requires academic qualifications and relevant work experience, please also produce documentary proof (e.g. academic proof, work record or relevant licence).
  • Applicants for the Bar Bending and Fixing Course are required to wear or bring along sportswear and sports shoes for the physical fitness test at the interview.

Applicants will normally be informed of the result of the interview immediately if all documents have been submitted.

If additional assessments are required, applicants will be notified.

The physical fitness test is designed to assess the suitability of the applicant to receive the training of the course. Applicants are required to take and pass the test.

- Crane operation requires the operation and maintenance of large machinery and the applicant's physical co-ordination is taken into account

- A bar-bender & fixer requires frequent lifting and carrying of rebar, crouching down to pick up rebar, picking up and carrying of rebar, which is one of the more physically demanding trades in the construction industry.

  • The physical fitness test for bar bending and fixing includes arm strength test, squat test and grip strength test.
  • The physical fitness test for Crane Operation Course includes finger, vision, body coordination, fear of height, arm strength, grip strength and squatting.

Applicants are allowed to retake each failed item once on the day of the test, with a break of up to 15 minutes before retaking. Applicants who fail the physical fitness test will not be admitted.

The following are some of the more common reasons for rejection of an application for admission:

  • lack of desire for employment;
  • graduated from a full-time course at HKIC within the past year;
  • withdrew from the Institue within the past year;
  • failed to return the relevant subsidy as required;
  • has previous withdrawal record and subsequent withdrawal after admission;
  • was dismissed or ordered to withdraw during training; 
  • was admitted to the Institute but withdrew or was absent without notice;
  • failed the intermediate test and did not retake it;
  • failed an interview or test; or
  • failed to meet course requirements. 

Applicants wishing to change or withdraw from the course must notify the relevant staff one week prior to the start of the course in accordance with the instructions on the offer letter. If an applicant is absent without prior notice and explanation, his/her application will be refused for a period of three months from the date of commencement of the course.

In the event of two persistent refusals, the application will be cancelled and the applicant will be required to re-apply for the course and undergo an interview and/or test.

You will be required to return the allowance received to the Council with a letter explaining that you will not be able to enrol for a year from the date of withdrawal.

You cannot apply within one year from the date of graduation. You must also submit proof of employment for at least one month within one year from the date of graduation. For example, if a graduate graduated in December 2014, he/she must provide proof of employment for three months when submitting an application in January 2018. If less than one year is required, the lower requirement will apply. You cannot repeat the same subject.

The re-enrolment requires proof of employment in the industry for at least one month within one year from the date of graduation, or an average of at least three months in another industry. You cannot repeat the same subject.

HKIC has a department of " Career Support Services", which liaises with employers in the industry to identify job vacancies and assist graduates to enter the construction industry.

The Institute's training programmes are designed to nurture knowledgeable workers and management personnel that the Hong Kong construction industry can be proud of.  

Graduation allowances for certain specified courses will be awarded after the graduate has been confirmed to remain in the construction industry for 3 months.