Section 3: Exemption Policy
Q1 : I am a non-relevant degree holder (e.g. degrees in History, Music, Engineering, Social Science, etc.), what subjects could I claim for exemption?
A : There will be no exemption granted to non-relevant degree holders.
Q3 : I am a relevant degree/ professional qualification holder (Accounting, Finance, Law/ Corporate Governance and Management), how many subjects can I be granted for exempted?
Q2 : I acquired a top degree; should I only submit my top-up degree certificate and transcript for applying exemption?
A : For top-up degree holders, exemptions would be assessed according to the subjects taken at both the higher diploma (or equivalent) and the top-degree level. Therefore applicants must submit official transcripts of both the top-up degree and sub-degree programmes for exemption assessment. (e.g. Diploma, Associate degree, Professional Diploma, Advanced Diploma etc.)
A : Up to a maximum of three modules exemption would be granted to relevant degree/professional qualification holders. Graduates of the Partnership Bachelor's Programmes (PBPs) are eligible for exempting maximum of four modules under CGQP, which subject to fulfilling the prescribed requirements. For details of PBPs, please click HERE.
Q4 : What are the procedures to apply for exemptions?
A : All exemption applications, together with supporting documents and fees, must be submitted online. You will receive an confirmation email of your exemption application. All approved exemption statuses will be forfeited if applicants fail to settle their exemption fees within the stipulated deadline from the issuance date of the relevant exemption confirmation notification. For details of exemption application, please click HERE.
Q5 : What are the fees for exemptions applications?
A : For details of exemption fee, please click HERE.
Q6 : I am currently studying a degree programme, can I apply for exemptions?
A : Exemptions application will only be considered after the completion of academic programme, not on a subject-by-subject basis.
Q7 : How can I apply for exemption after I have obtained a new qualification?
A : For any newly acquired qualifications subsequent to the studentship registration, further exemptions should be claimed within a six-month period upon the award of the acquired qualification. You can obtain the further exemption application form from the Institute’s website. The institute reserves the right not to consider any late exemption application.
Q8 : If I failed in a subject at the previous examinations, can I apply for exemption after I obtained a new qualification which is eligible to apply for exemption on that subject?
A: A student who has attempted but failed in an Institute examination paper may apply for exemption for that paper. The institute reserves the right not to consider any late exemption application.
Q9 : What should I do if I would like to make an appeal on the exemption application decision?
A : Applicants who are not satisfied with the result of their exemption assessment may apply for an appeal within one month from the date of notification being issued. The Education Committee is responsible for considering and deciding on exemption appeal and its decision shall be final. No further appeal shall be accepted.
Q10 : What if I fail to settle the exemptions fees?
A : All approved exemption statuses will be forfeited if applicants fail to settle their exemption fees within the stipulated deadline from the issuance date of the relevant exemption confirmation notification. A re-application for exemption can be made for forfeited exemption assessments within six months from the date of first exemption confirmation notification being issued.
For details of exemption application, please click HERE.
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Section 4: Examinations
Q1 : What are the deadlines for examination application during the year?
A : The examination closing dates will be announced on the Institute's website, CSJ and e-circular. Usually the duration of examination application is one and a half months. The application periods commence in:
Q2 : What should I do if I got sick and not able to attend the examination?
- Mid-February for June examination diet; and
- Mid-August for November examination diet
A : If a candidate is prevented by illness from attending the examination and able to submit a satisfactory medical certificate, Council may at its discretion, allow the candidate to enter the next examination sitting on payment of a postponement fee at currect rate. Application for postponement and medical certificate(s) must reach the Institute within three calendar weeks after the completion of entire examination diet. Postponements may also be allowed under other circumstances, these are considered on an individual basis on application, however, postponements will NOT be granted for any absence based on employment requirements. Examination postponement should not be carried forward more than one examination diet.
Q3 : What should I do if I want to review my examination result?
A : A candidate may apply for review of examination results through the Institute. She/He must submit her/his review application form, together with the review application fee of HK$2,200 per subject to the Secretariat within ten (10) working days from the date of the post-mark posting of the printed examination result slip.
Q4 : Is there any timeframe for completing the Institute's qualifying programme?
A : Students must complete the CGQP examinations within six years from the date of first registration and may apply for a studentship extension to a maximum of four additional years to complete the CGQP examinations. The time period should be calculated from 1 January 2020 for all students regardless of their studentship registration date. No studentship extension is allowed beyond 10 years.
Q5 : What is the procedure for applying for a studentship extension?
A : Extension of studentship must be applied in writing before the studentship expiry and may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, subject to the consideration and approval of the Institute. A written confirmation will be posted to you if your application is approved.
Q6 : How should I prepare for the examinations?
A : The Institute provides a variety of support and services for students. For details, please click HERE.
Q7 : Where can I study to prepare for CGQP examinations?
A : The University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) is the endorsed course provider of HKCGI Examination Preparatory Courses. For details, you can contact HKU SPACE at 2867-8317 or by email at HKCGI@hkuspace.hku.hk
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Section 5: Collaborative Courses
Q1 : What is Collaborative Course?
A : The Institute has developed the collaborative courses with the local universities leading to full exemption of the Institute's Qualifying Programme for graduates.
Q2 : Where can I enroll on the collaborative courses?
A : For details of collaborative courses (CCA), please click HERE.
Q3 : When should I apply for studentship if I enrolled on a collaborative course?
A : You are required to register (or re-register) with HKCGI as student within a period of 3 months after you enrolled on the CCA programme.
Q4 : What should I do if I haven't registered within the designated period more than 3 months after I enrolled in the CCA programme, am I still eligible to apply the full exemption upon my graduation?
A : CCA students who do not register with the Institute as students within the designated period (i.e. 3 months after they have enrolled into the programmes) are subject to a penalty of HK$450 per month if they want to register with the Institute during their course of study. The calculation is on a monthly basis from the 4th month after they commence the programme until the date they register with the Institute. The Institute reserves the right not to admit late registrations.
Q5 : Do I need to maintain my studentship during my course of study?
A : Yes, you MUST maintain you studentship with the Institute during your course of study (with a minimum period of 1.5 years) for your applications of full exemptions.
Q6 : What should I do for applying full exemptions after graduation?
A : All exemption applications, together with supporting documents and fees, must be submitted online. For details of CCA full exemption policy, please click HERE.
Q7 : When should I apply for exemption after graduation if I was removed from the student registry and re-registered as HKCGI student?
A : When you re-register with the Institute as students during the course of study, you MUST maintain you studentship with the Institute for a minimum of 1.5 years from the date of re-registration before you could apply for full exemptions and Graduateship.
Q8 : Is there any deadline for me to apply for full exemptions?
A : CCA programme graduates should apply for full exemption within six months from the conferment of CCA programme, i.e. the date of award of their master's degree (six-month period). The Institute reserves the right to consider the full exemption applications on an indivdual-basis. CCA full exemption applications later than 24 months from the conferment of CCA programme will not be accepted. For details, please click HERE.
Q9 : What is the consequence if I do not apply for full exemptions before the deadline?
A : The Institute reserved the right to decline your full exemtpion application. CCA full exemption applications made after the six-month period are subject to pay the administrative charges. For exemption application details, please click HERE.
Q10 : Do I need to attend the ECPD courses during the course of study?
A : You are encouraged to take at least three HKCGI ECPD courses of HKCGI during your course of study.
Q11 : I am a CCA student, can I transfer my credit earned from other programmes to MCG programme?
A : Credit transfer (from other programme) is allowed if they have taken common courses (i.e. same course code) of the CCA programme. For example, students from other programmes (i.e. MBA) of same university are requested to inform the Institute when they enroll for the MCG programme. They should register with the Institute as students within a period of 3-months.
The time limit for CCA students who apply for credit transfer on common subjects from other programmes of the same university to CCA programme should not be more than 24 months (2 years) from their graduation date of the previous master programme(s).
All newly registered CCA students are required to submit the Student Declaration Form to indicate if they:
i. are current registered students;
ii. intend to or not to register as students
iii. have applied for credits transfer
Universities will inform the Institute about the approved credits transfer.
Q12 : Is there any time limit for application for credit transfer?
A : The completion date of the subjects (with the same course code) used for applying for credit transfer should be no longer than 24 months (i.e. 2 years).
The time limit for CCA students who apply for credit transfer on common subjects from other programmes of the same university to CCA programme should not be more than 24 months (2 years) from their graduation date of the previous master programme(s) or declaration for start date of the CCA programme.
Q13 : Will I definitely get full exemption after I have graduated from the CCA Programme?
A : No. Under the following conditions, the CCA graduates are not eligible to apply for full exemptions:
- CCA graduates whose study period longer than normal programme duration;
- The credit transfer by the university is not agreed by the Institute;
- The date of credit transfer offered by the universities exceeds the time frame agreed by the Institute.
Q14 : Will I be eligible for full exemption if I complete my master degree earlier than the required duration?
Required duration of study for:
a. CityU & PolyU – 2 years;
b. HKBU - 1.5 years;
c. OUHK - Face-to-face full time 1.5 years; Face-to-face part time 3 years; Distance learning 3 years
A : For students who have not yet maintained the 1.5-year studentship requirement for full IQS/CGQP exemption application. They should make their exemption application within a period of six months after the fulfillment of the 1.5-year studentship requirement.
For students who have fulfilled the 1.5-year studentship requirement should apply for full exemption within a period of six months after graduation.
Q15 : Will I still be eligible for full exemption if I complete my master degree beyond the required duration?
Required duration of study for:
a. CityU & PolyU – 2 years;
b. HKBU – 1.5 years;
c. OUHK – Face-to-face full time 1.5 years; Face-to-face part time 3 years; Distance learning 3 years
A : Students are required to submit the explanatory letter with supporting documents (e.g. medical certificate for sickness, pregnancy, company letter for overseas trip/ job relocation, university’s proof for course deferral etc.) to the Institute together with the full exemption application upon graduation.
The Institute will review and decide whether full exemption will be granted according to the reason(s) and the supporting document(s) provided by student.
The counting of required study duration is from the commencement to the completion date of the programme.
Q16 : Can I apply for pre-approval of study defer if I estimate that I will complete my master degree beyond the required duration (CityU & PolyU – 2 years; HKBU – 1.5 years; OUHK – Face-to-face full time 1.5 years; Face-to-face part time 3 years; Distance learning 3 years)
A : No pre-approval is appliable. However, students have to retain the supporting documents (e.g. medical certificate, employers’ letter, study deferral documents etc). These can be submitted together with the explanatory letters when students apply for full exemption.
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Section 6: Studentship Renewal and Re-Registration
Q1 : When should I pay the studentship renewal fee?
A :From the year 2021/2022 onwards, studentship expiry date of all students will be unified and fall on the Institute’s financial year end (i.e.30 June) each year. A Studentship Renewal Notice will be issued to students via email before the expiry date of your studentship. For details of invoice issue date and payment deadlines, please click HERE.
If there is any change of correspondence email address, students are reminded to inform the Institute by completing the Personal Data Update Form.
Q2 : If I forget to pay the studentship renewal fee by the payment deadline, how will this affect my studentship status?
A :From year 2021/2022 onwards, all students will be given a 3-month grace period to settle their student renewal fee. Students must settle the renewal fee by the deadline in order to maintain their studentship. Failure to pay the renewal fee by the deadline will result in removal from student register.
Q3 : How can I re-register if my studentship registration was removed from the register?
A :Student may apply for reinstatement of their original registration by paying a re-registration fee online. For details of re-registration, please click HERE.
Q4 : Is there any policy on studentship re-registration?
A : Reinstatement of a student’s original registration and all his/her examination results and approved exemptions at the time of the student’s removal/withdrawal shall normally be granted. Students are also required to settle any outstanding exemption payment under the Foundation and Pre-Professional programmes of the HKQS.
Applications for new registration from students whose de-registration period is more than 3 years shall normally be granted. But students’ past examination results and previously approved exemptions will not be reinstated in such circumstances.
Q5 : If I just enter one HKCGI examination within two years of registration, how will this affect my studentship status?
A : For those students who have not entered any HKCGI examination for four consecutive diets would be categorized as Dormant Students. Such students will be removed from HKCGI student register. Under certain circumstances such as further study or major illness, a student may be permitted to stay dormant for a limited period upon committee's approval.
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Section 7: Services and Benefits for Students