Hong Kong CPD Accreditation

Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the world's leading and largest CPD accreditation service. With over 35,000 CPD providers, courses and events and more than 27 years’ experience, we advise organisations on how to become CPD accredited for training courses and events.

CPD accreditation in Hong Kong

The CPD Certification Service are the world’s leading CPD accreditation organisation that can assess your learning activities to ensure compatibility for Continuing Professional Development requirements. Becoming a CPD accredited training provider in Hong Kong means the training and events that you offer have reached an industry recognised standard for Continuing Professional Development.

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing Professional Development is a commitment to ongoing lifelong learning. CPD identifies opportunities to learn something new, refresh existing knowledge, improve skills, or simply keep up-to-date with the latest developments within a profession or industry.

Continuing Professional Development enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive, helping individuals to log and record their increasing skills, knowledge and experience gained throughout their career.

In practice, CPD can mean everything from completing training courses or attending educational conferences or events, studying online or going to workshops and seminars to learn new aspects of a job. 

International growth of CPD

At its beginning, Continuing Professional Development was established by a number of established UK professional bodies in the 1980s for key industries such as medical and healthcare, finance, engineering, architecture and law.

In more recent decades, CPD has continued to grow with international globalisation and the ease of new learning technologies in distance and online education.

Institutional bodies and associations across the world recognise the need for a structured approach to learning following completion of formal education. More and more countries are adopting and encouraging CPD as the concept for professional learning within their remit as a recognised international benchmark. 

The role of CPD in Hong Kong

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Hong Kong is fairly established with many professional bodies having CPD requirements for their industry professionals that reflects UK policies, particular in the legal, medical and education sectors.

Intro to CPD in Hong Kong

The common terminology relating to Continuing Professional Development in Hong Kong reflects the standard terminology used in UK, which includes:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Professional Development (PD)
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Risk Management Education (RME)
  • Continuing Professional Development hours (CPD hours)
  • Continuing Professional Development points (CPD points) 

Hong Kong CPD Annual Requirements

Hong Kong has annual Continuing Professional Development requirements for different professionals in various industries, and some examples of CPD requirements can be found below.

CPD for Teachers in Education

Teachers in Hong Kong, regardless of position or professional responsibility, are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of CPD within a rolling 3-year period. The Teachers Continuing Professional Development committee was established in 2003 to support the CPD requirements as well as to standardise and improve the quality of front-line educators.

CPD for Lawyers in Hong Kong

Legal practitioners in Hong Kong are required to complete a minimum amount of CPD within each CPD practice year.

The Law Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) have stated that lawyers must have a minimum of 30 CPD hours / points within the CPD practice year. A CPD practice year is an annual period of 12 months commencing on 1st November and finishing on 31st October the following year. 

CPD for Healthcare practitioners

The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) has set specific requirements for CPD, also referred to as Continuing Medical Education (CME), hours for its members.

The minimum CPD / CME requirement is 90 hours or points in a 3-year cycle. HKAM is the only statutory body in Hong Kong with the authority to determine whether a registered medical practitioner or dentist has completed the necessary amount of their CPD / CME requirements. 

CPD for Accountants in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) requires its members to complete a minimum of 120 hours of relevant CPD in a rolling 3-year period. Failure to comply with the requirements could lead to membership refusal by the Accounting and Financial Reporting Council.

CPD requirements for Engineers in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) have set their own CPD requirements for engineers in Hong Kong. Corporate members are expected to undertake a minimum of 30 CPD hours every year and members are expected to submit their CPD each year starting 1st January, with audits from HKIE occurring annually.

What learning activities can get CPD accreditation?

Continuing Professional Development accreditation covers a wide range of different learning methods. Our Assessments team review thousands of CPD courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and events every year.

Training Courses

CPD training courses are the most well-known method of completing Continuing Professional Development, vary in length and will often be specific to one subject or offer skills in a particular area of industry


Seminars are a type of short course and typically only a few hours long up to one day. CPD seminars provide an opportunity to focus on a subject matter in detail, conducted in group settings with interactive discussion, to allow individuals to contribute leading to a better retention of knowledge.


CPD workshops are interactive educational group sessions are and similar to seminars, but with a few differences. CPD workshops are less theoretical and tend to offer a more hands-on, practical skills approach to learning.


Webinars are online learning held virtually and attended by an online audience. Often, the main objective of a CPD webinar is to educate and inform professionals in a short and concise manner about new and relevant information.


There are number of different forms of learning that can be considered CPD events. CPD events includes conferences held at venues that may include keynote sessions and breakout learning by topic. Seminars and workshops may also feature as part of wider CPD events.

Online Courses

Online CPD courses are an increasingly popular method of learning, and offer convenience and affordability, in that there is no need to attend an in-person event and course materials can be shared free online.

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CPD Accreditation FAQs

Who is CPD for?

CPD is carried out by millions of individuals across a whole range of industries and professions. Most professional bodies and institutes will provide individuals with Continuing Professional Development requirements, generally as a set number of CPD training hours to achieve each year. Over recent decades, we have seen the commitment to CPD reach far beyond the traditional industries and institutional bodies of the UK to what is now recognised and embraced across the world.

What is accredited CPD training?

External validation demonstrates to attendees the steps taken to deliver the highest possible training standards. The CPD Certification Service provides independent CPD accreditation compatible with international requirements. Our CPD symbols are recognised in over 100+ countries and offer professional bodies, institutional associations, educational providers and consumers reassurance that further learning achieves the qualitative standards required by all parties.

What are CPD points, hours and credits?

The majority of institutions and professional bodies provide Continuing Professional Development targets generally set on an annual basis. These targets are defined by the accrual of CPD activities through attendance in training courses, eLearning and events, as well as other forms of structured learning. Most professional bodies use CPD hours as their measure, and where CPD points or credits are used, these are typically a 1:1 ratio with CPD hours. By this, 1 CPD point would be equal to 1 CPD hour.

How do I log and record CPD activities?

CPD is something that most people will do on an ongoing basis as part of their career. To reflect and keep track of learning, it is important to maintain a regular and up to date record of any completed learning and development activities, as well as future goals or professional achievements in the work environment. A CPD log and record of learning activities undertaken can be kept using an online purpose-built CPD recording tool, such as the myCPD Portal.

What is the process of gaining CPD certification?

CPD certification is a straightforward process and follows an intentionally practical method that has been continuously developed over the past few decades. Certification is focused on providing the highest standards of Continuing Professional Development learning for delegates and attendees. Each CPD training course or event is benchmarked against a proven assessment criteria to ensure the required standards are met across a number of key areas.

How does the Delegate Certificate Service (DCS) work?

The Delegate Certificate Service (DCS) is a membership feature available to all CPD providers at no additional cost designed to save time and cost when administering post-training attendance certificates. The CPD Certification Service provides certificates of attendance for organisations ranging from small consultancy firms to large training providers, multi-national corporations, conference & event organisers, universities, further education colleges, local authorities, councils and Government departments.

How are training and events assessed?

The accreditation process takes an impartial and objective overview of the structure and value of training materials to ensure full conformity to international CPD industry benchmarks and guidelines. CPD is reviewed and assessed against the universally accepted and structured checklist which The CPD Certification Service has developed over the past 25+ years.

What are the benefits of CPD?

CPD is an essential, recognised approach to helping individuals, organisations and entire industries to keep skills and knowledge up to date. CPD supports raising international standards and benchmarks in line with increasing globalisation and consumer demand. For individuals, it enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and encourages professionals to maintain consistent levels of high performance and demonstrate commitment towards a particular job role or profession.

What is the CPD Cycle?

The CPD Cycle is a practical tool that helps individuals to structure their Continuing Professional Development learning easily throughout the year, and to identify regular and measurable improvements in work-related skills and knowledge. There are five key stages of the CPD Cycle that are important when planning professional development activities for the year. These include Stage 1 - Identifying Your Needs, Stage 2 – Planning, Stage 3 - Acting/Doing, Stage 4 - Reflecting on Learning, Stage 5 - Implement your New Learning.

What is myCPD Portal?

myCPD Portal is a free online record tool that allows individuals and organisations to log, track and manage their Continuing Professional Development in one simple place. Users can set annual CPD targets, review training records, store attendance certificates and monitor learning progress. This makes it easier to reflect on knowledge and skills that have been obtained throughout the year.

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