Criteria for Holding a Licence
|PMP (Tier 1) Licence||Route 1||Route 2|
|Academic or other qualifications||Bachelor or higher degree or equivalent academic qualification in property management specified by the PMSA||Other bachelor or higher degree or equivalent academic qualification Note 1, or qualification considered acceptable by the PMSA Note 2|
|Work experience in property managementNote 3||Minimum three years within the six years immediately before licence application||Minimum five years within the eight years immediately before licence application|
|Professional qualifications||Member of a professional body recognised by the PMSA|
|PMP (Tier 2) Licence||Route 1||Route 2||Route 3|
|Academic or other qualifications||Associate degree, diploma or above, or equivalent academic qualification in property management specified by the PMSA||Bachelor or higher degree, or equivalent academic qualificationNote 1||Other associate degree, diploma or above, or equivalent academic qualification Note 4, or qualification considered acceptable by the PMSA Note 5|
|Work experience in property managementNote 3||Minimum two years within the five years immediately before licence application; or|
minimum one year (under the supervision of a licensed PMP (Tier 1)) within the four years immediately before licence application
|Minimum four years within the eight years immediately before licence application
Note 1: In general, a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification must have a minimum of 150 QF credits at Level 5 or above under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework. Non-local qualifications that are equivalent may also be considered.
Note 2: Qualification considered acceptable by the PMSA includes: applicants being a member on or before 1 January 2005 of a professional body recognised by the PMSA and, if that professional body has different classes, types or divisions of membership (including any class, type or division described in other manners), also a member of the specified class, type, division or pathway of that professional body.
Note 3: The work experience in property management means full time work experience in property management for properties in Hong Kong and involving the provision of services under two or more categories of property management services.
Note 4: In general, an associate degree, a diploma or an equivalent qualification must have a minimum of 90 QF credits at Level 4 or above under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework. Non-local qualifications that are equivalent may also be considered.
Note 5: Qualification considered acceptable by the PMSA includes five statements of attainment for the clusters of units of competency at Level 4 for the property management industry (one of the statements must be on “Management of Customer Services”) obtained through the “Recognition of Prior Learning” mechanism under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.
Work Experience in Property Management
One of the criteria for holding a property management practitioner licence is work experience in property management. To meet the criterion, work experience must:
Work experience must be genuinely gained through a sustained period. The seven categories of prescribed PMSs are as follows:
Category 1: General management services relating to a property
General services relating to property management provided pursuant to a DMC (except those PMSs under categories 2 to 7) for owners, residents, tenants, users or visitors.
Examples: Assisting an owners’ committee, a management committee and owners to hold meetings; submitting work reports; handling and following up on enquiries and complaints.
Category 2: Management of the environment of a property
Services for the cleaning, hygiene, landscaping or safety of the environment of a property.
Examples: Cleaning up of waste, plant and silt; waste disposal arrangements; mosquito and pest control; pruning, caring and replacement of plants; security services.
Category 3: Repair, maintenance and improvement of a property
Services for the repair, replacement, maintenance or improvement of a property including the structure and building services installation.
Examples: Repair, replacement, maintenance of ventilation, water supply and drainage, air-conditioning, elevators, electrical services, fire-fighting equipment; maintenance of the structural safety of buildings and retaining walls.
Category 4: Finance and asset management relating to a property
Services for the budgeting, or management of finance, accounts or asset relating to a property.
Examples: Preparation of management accounts of properties, such as income and expenditure accounts, balance sheets, budgets and auditor’s reports, and calculation of the amount required for service contracts as well as income and expenditure of special accounts.
Note: For the purpose of fulfilling the work experience criterion, collecting management fees or formulating departmental budgets for a PMC itself is not regarded as a PMS under category 4.
Category 5: Facility management relating to a property
Services for the management of ancillary facilities in a property (except those PMSs under category 3).
Examples: Management of clubhouses, car parks, sewage treatment and major power generation ancillary facilities (except those PMSs under category 3).
Note: For the purpose of fulfilling the work experience criterion, services provided under other categories to ancillary facilities of a property are not regarded as PMSs under category 5.
Category 6: HR management relating to personnel involved in the management of a property
Human resources management services in relation to individuals engaged by an owner or owners’ organization in the provision of property management services.
Examples: Management of human resources engaged by owners or owners’ organisations, including manpower planning and deployment, appointment and dismissal, labour insurance arrangements.
Note: For the purpose of fulfilling the work experience criterion, in-house HR management services provided within a PMC itself are not regarded as PMSs under category 6.
Category 7: Legal services relating to the management of a property
Legal services, generally referring to the provision of information and advice on the legal aspects, in respect of property management services under categories 1 to 6. (except services provided in the course of practising the profession by a solicitor or counsel or any person employed by the solicitor or counsel and acting in furtherance of that course).
Examples: Preparing relevant documents, e.g. form of claim, for tribunal hearings & attending hearings.
Note: For the purpose of fulfilling the work experience criterion, performing clerical work such as preparing or copying relevant documents is not regarded as a PMSs under category 7.
In evaluating whether an applicant has met the criterion, the PMSA will have regard to the nature of the experience and not the location at which the relevant services are provided. For example, cleaning services provided to a clubhouse in a property are only regarded as PMSs under category 2, not category 5. Similarly, maintenance services provided to ancillary facilities are only regarded as PMSs under category 3, not category 5.
For an application for a provisional licence, the work experience must have been gained while the applicant was assuming a managerial or supervisory role in the provision of the PMSs. Generally, a person assumes a managerial or supervisory role if he / she has responsibility to manage or supervise subordinates.
A licence applicant is required to provide documentary evidence to prove that he or she possesses the said experience. Such evidence may include:
- written confirmation from an employer or an ex-employer;
- written confirmation from an owners’ organization having used the applicant’s services; and
- other documentary evidence considered acceptable by the PMSA.
Where possible, applicants should use the confirmation template suggested by the PMSA because the contents of general employment letters issued by individual employers vary and may not contain the information required by the PMSA. If applicants cannot produce a completed template, they should nevertheless produce other documentary evidence as much as possible. Such documentary evidence may include general employment letters, minutes of meetings of owners’ committee or owners’ corporations showing the applicants’ participation and other documentary evidence which contains details of the applicants’ experience. The PMSA will consider all available evidence in determining whether an applicant has fulfilled the work experience criterion.
A person commits an offence if the person, in connection with an application for a licence, provides any information or document to the PMSA that is false or misleading in a material particular; and the person knows that, or is reckless as to whether, the information or document is false or misleading in a material particular. The person who commits the offence is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine of $200,000 and to imprisonment for 1 year or on summary conviction to a fine at level 6 and to imprisonment for 6 months.