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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualification and other issues relating to professional services under CEPA

Construction and Related Engineering Services

Securities and Futures Services

Insurance Services

Patent Agents Services

Professional Accountants Services

Estate Agents

Construction and related Engineering Services

  • For latest information on mutual recognition of professional qualifications between the Mainland and Hong Kong regarding construction and related engineering services, please visit the web site of Development Bureau, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG).
  • Architects

    The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the National Administration Board of Architectural Registration signed in Beijing on 17 February 2004 an agreement on mutual recognition of professional qualification in architecture. The first training and test session under the agreement was held in May 2004.  The qualification certificates were presented to the successful candidates on 16 August 2004.  Both sides jointly held their second training and test session under the mutual recognition agreement in May 2005. For details, please contact HKIA.

  • Structural Engineers

    The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and the National Administration Board of Engineering Registration (Structural) signed in Beijing on 27 August 2004 a reciprocal recognition agreement for structural engineers. For details, please contact HKIE.

  • Estate Surveyors

    The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and the China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers signed a reciprocity agreement on 4 November 2003 for estate surveyors in Hong Kong and real estate appraisers in the Mainland. The first training and test session under the agreement was held in March 2004. The qualification certificates were presented to the successful candidates on 20 August 2004. For details, please contact HKIS.

  • Planners

    The Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and the National Administration Board (NAB) of Professional Planners System of the Ministry of Construction signed an agreement on mutual recognition of professional planning qualifications between Hong Kong and the Mainland on 24 May 2005. For details, please contact HKIP.

  • Quantity Surveyors

    The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and the China Engineering Cost Association signed on 24 May 2005 a mutual recognition agreement for quantity surveyors in Hong Kong and cost engineers in the Mainland. The first training and test session under the agreement was held from 28 November to 1 December 2005. The qualification certificates were presented to the successful candidates on 11 May 2006. On the basis of the mutual recognition agreement, a supplementary agreement was signed on 22 June 2009. For details, please contact HKIS.
     

  • Building Surveyors

    The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and the China Association of Engineering Consultants (CAEC) signed on 27 June 2006 a mutual recognition agreement for building surveyors in Hong Kong and engineering consultants of the CAEC in the Mainland. For details, please contact HKIS.
     

Securities and Futures Services

  • The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission signed in December 2003 the "Mainland/Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement - Arrangements relating to Qualifications of Securities and Futures Industry Practitioners". For details of the arrangement for mutual recognition of professional qualification of CEPA, please refer to parts 3.5 and 3.15 of the "Related Frequently Asked Questions", which is accessible at the hyperlink below. 

    Related Frequently Asked Questions

    For further enquiries, please contact SFC.

Insurance Services

  • The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission signed on 17 February 2004 a cooperative agreement on matters relating to Hong Kong residents' participation in the Mainland qualifying examinations for insurance intermediaries. For details, please contact OCI.

Patent Agents Services

Professional Accountants Services

Estate Agents