What is CPD?



The motions to empower the Council to make rules, regulations and guidelines for the implementation of a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme and to incorporate the CPD requirements as part of the Code of Professional Conduct were endorsed by the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 21 December 1999. The Policy on CPD was subsequently brought into effect from 1 January 2000. Members, except retired Members and full-time students, will be asked to indicate the total number of hours spent on CPD activities in that particular year on renewal of membership in the following year and may be requested to submit their record forms to the CPD Committee for vetting.


Further to the EGM on 21 December 1999, the Council has also endorsed at its meeting on 28 December 1999 the broad principles of CPD as set out in the notes of the CPD forum held on 7 December 1999 which was circulated to Members for reference on 13 December 1999. The major points are summarized as follows:

  • The CPD Committee consists of 1 Fellow Member, 2 Members who joined the Institute for 10 years or more, 2 Members who joined the Institute for less than 10 years and 2 Student Members who are not full-time students. No Council Members shall sit on the Committee.

  • To ensure a fair and open system, the CPD Committee is a body independent from the Council of the Institute.

  • As a measure to ensure that the implementation of the CPD Policy would be fair and open, an independent CPD Committee was set up and its Members would be elected at the AGM for a two-year term.

  • The CPD Policy is implemented on the basis of trust and to a certain extent self-discipline. Only about 2-3% of Members will be required through annual random selection to submit their CPD records.

  • Selected members, who do not make successful CPD submissions, will have their names and membership numbers to be posted under the banner of “Outstanding Submission” on the CPD webpage and their name to be published in the synopsis. 

  • The CPD Committee will issue reminder and warning letters to the member concerned to notify the member and try to arrange meeting with the member to discuss the way to help him/her to meet the CPD requirement.  Upon fulfillment of the CPD requirement, the subject name and membership number will be removed from the CPD webpage.

  • For the batch of 2009 or before, the CPD Committee will exercise discretion authority of not to publish the names and membership numbers of members with outstanding CPD hours if the members could complete 50 qualified CPD hours on or before 31 January 2011.

  • Those Members who are selected to submit their record forms for a particular year and have complied with the CPD requirements will be awarded with a certificate for satisfactory compliance of CPD requirements and excluded from the annual random selection in the next two years.


All members of the Institute, except retired members and student members in full-time study, are required to undertake 25 hours of CPD activities in one year. There are three main categories for countable CPD hours, not less than 5 hours shall be spent on each category and for the category on personal development, a maximum of 12 hours limit has been set. As a general rule, Members should also take note that day-to-day work and job-related activity should not be counted towards CPD hours. The three main categories include:

(a) Education and Training (min. 5 hours)
Conferences; Seminars; Distance-learning courses; Courses; Supervised research; Publication of technical papers, articles or books, etc;

(b) Professional Activities (min. 5 hours)
Technical tours; Technical workshops; Giving presentations, speeches, talks and lectures (other than required by one's job); Public forums on planning issues; Committee work of planning-related organizations, etc;

(c) Personal Development (min 5 hours and max. 12 hours)
Structured reading; Self-guided research; Activities in non-planning fields but contributing to personal skills which would enhance career or professional development as planners, etc.

Exemption from the CPD requirements may be granted to members only in special circumstances, such as temporary absence from the profession, full-time study, ill health, or personal reasons.

For further details, please refer to the CPD Guidelines which is prepared by the CPD Committee.


In the meantime, if Members have any queries and suggestions on the CPD Policy and activities, please feel free to contact the CPD Committee at 2915 6212 or by email - hkiplann@netvigator.com

CPD Committee
First issue: 2000
Second revision: June 2006
This revision: August 2010


Record Form & Guidelines


GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING CPD RECORD FORM (* This set of guidelines should be read in conjunction with “What is CPD?”)

1. What Counts for CPD hours? CPD Categories and Annual Requirement

There are 3 categories of CPD requirement, namely:

  • Category A: Education and Training (min. 5 hours)

  • Category B: Professional Activities (min. 5 hours)

  • Category C: Personal Development (min. 5 hours and max. 12 hours)

The minimum annual CPD requirement for each member is 25 hours, except full time students and retired members who are exempted.

Members must carry out a minimum of 5 hours of CPD for each category. For category C, however, an upper limit of 12 hours only is accountable to meet the 25-hour requirement.

2. Relevant CPD

What may or may not be included as relevant CPD for each of these categories is listed below. The list is not exhaustive and the CPD Committee may consider other items suggested by members. As a general rule for all categories, day-to-day work and job-related activity should not be counted as CPD.

Category A: Education and Training
These items must be planning related.

  • Attendance at formal, organized events such as conferences and seminars.

  • Participation in formal training courses, whether conducted through work or privately arranged study. 

  • Research for and writing articles for journals. 

  • Writing and publishing book reviews.

Category B: Professional Activities
These activities may be less formal than Category A but imply an active participation by members. They must also be planning related.

  • Technical tours. 

  • "Workshops" including those held in the workplace which provides greater exposure to planning issues. 

  • Public forums. 

  • Committee work, such as for the Institute or other public bodies. 

  • Giving lectures or audio-visual presentations.

Category C: Personal Development
This may be planning related but may also include wider skills that will enhance your competence as a professional planner.

  • Structured reading should be directed at reading professional journals, books, articles on the worldwide web and other publications perhaps as part of research on a particular topic. 

  • Various forms of training such as language training, computer courses, marketing and business skills, project management, negotiation skills, etc.

Reading the daily paper or other journals should not be included as CPD unless it is part of self-guided research on certain planning issues.

Please bear in mind that if the CPD Committee requests you to submit your CPD record for assessment, you may need to provide evidence of the CPD activities that you have undertaken.

CPD committee
First issue: 2000
This revision: June 200


Member Notices



At its meeting on 16 Aug 2018, the CPD Committee randomly selected the following members to submit their CPD record forms for Year 2018 on or before 31 January 2019:

Name and Membership No.

1 Pun Kwok Shing, Peter F03

2 Yeh Gar On, Anthony F06

3 Chow Mun Wah, Anna M135

4 Ho Suet Ying M141

5 Ng Suk Kwan, Sandy M197

6 Lam Shu Tsook, Kitty M212

7 Ng Kar Shu M279

8 Tong Kit Mei M377

9 Ho Bo Wan M379

10 Mok King Kwong, Dennis M384

11 Ng Wing Fai, Stanley M481

12 Lee Po Kwan, Edmund M490

13 Tang Po Kwan M494

14 Cheuk Yuk Ming M496

15 吳濤 M531

16 Lam Tsz Kwan M628

17 Li Haniel M690

18 Siu Carmen M698

19 Cheung Hung Man, Horman S926

* Letters will be sent to individual selected members for their follow-up action.


1. Members who have not fulfilled the CPD Requirements (Selected in 2013)

Name and Membership No.

王萍 M551

伍傳順 M584

Tsang Yi Ching, Vivian S575


2. Members who have not fulfilled the CPD Requirements (Selected before 2010)

Name and Membership No.

Lu Xiuhua M501

Francis Lau Tak S430

Xu Bing M509

He Hua-Zhong M550

Yue Chi Kin, Eric M147

Leung Wai Sze, Mina M337

Lam Kin Ning M492

周叱 M506


3. Members who have not fulfilled the CPD Requirements (Selected in 2010)

Name and Membership No.

孫儀鵬 M526