Who can apply for HKPCA membership?

Those who have counseling academic qualifications and practice experience or those who are interested in counseling are welcome to apply for our general membership. Different membership categories are approved according to the applicant’s academic credential and counseling practice experience. For details about criteria of membership categories, please refer to ”Membership Criteria”.

How to apply for HKPCA membership?

Please submit your application form online or by mail. Visit the ”Application”section on our website for online and paper application.

How long is the membership application process?

The processing time of application is about 10 weeks on condition that all relevant supporting documents are provided. The Association will notify you by email the outcome of your application.

How long will it take for HKPCA to process a new application for membership ?

All new applications for HKPCA membership will have to go through the following 3 stages.

3 stages:

Stage 1

  • Preliminary check on the application form and supporting documents submitted, and the fee payment
  • Make sure that there are no missing data in the application form and supportive documents. The secretariat will ask the applicant to furnish missing data or documents;

Stage 2

  • Vetting among HKPCA Membership and Professional Standards Committee (MPSC) in one lot at its regular meetings conducted every 4-6 weeks
  • In cases of controversial or unclear information which needs further discussion in MPSC or supporting evidences from the applicant, the applicant will be informed to provide further documentation proof and the case will be treated as pending until further notice

Stage 3

  • Endorsement of MPSC’s recommended list of memberships qualifications by HKPCA Council at its regular meetings.
  • HKPCA Secretariat will notify the applicant about the result by email, with a reply slip to seek the applicant’s acceptance before proceeding request of annual membership fee, issuing membership card, and or certificate, official listing of members’ names and titles on HKPCA website.

The afore-said entire process will normally take at least 10 weeks, depending on whether there are missing information, further documentation needed and other complication in the application.  Applicants could contact the Secretariat by email to know about the status of his/her application.

Which membership categories will I be in?

There are several categories of membership in our Association. Applicants who have a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree in Counseling or a related field are usually approved as “Member”.
Our Membership and Professional Standard Committee would recommend a membership category to the Council for approval, basing on individual academic qualification and professional experience. For details about criteria of membership categories, please refer to”Membership Criteria”.

What should I do if my personal information has changed?

All personal information update can be done on our website ”Member Login”area.  The username and password were mailed to you along with the certificate. If you forget the password, please click the “Forget Password” button.Then enter your username (membership number) and at least one phone number (mobile/office) for vertification.The system will send you the password automatically to your registered email address after the identification process is done.

What are the counseling related academic qualifications?

Academic qualifications at the same level under the Qualifications Framework [Click] in Hong Kong with sufficient components in counseling theories, counseling skills and human development are considered as equivalents.

What is the charge of HKPCA Approved Supervisor?

The hourly rate of supervision fee depends on the supervisor’s qualification and experience, so no fixed recommended rate can be provided by our association. Please note that the supervision fee and other supervision arrangements should be negotiated between Approved Supervisors and supervisees.

Does HKPCA provide referral for counseling services?

HKPCA does not offer referral services.

Why does HKPCA require post-Master Degree counselling certification for application of Certified Counsellors ?

  • Basically, practicum in Master Degree Programmes in Counselling is essential and foundational in training of professional counsellors. And, post-Master Degree counselling practice with adequate supervision is equally important to ensure the competency of HKPCA Certified Counsellors  in rendering professional counselling services to their clients.
  • Such a requirement on practice-related experiences is tally with well-developed counselling professions in other countries such as UK and USA, in which qualified counsellors are required to meet the requirement of undergoing over 1,000 hours of post-Master Degree supervised counselling practice.

Why do applicants for Certified Counsellors are required to get supervision from Approved Counselling Supervisors to fulfil the post-Master counselling certification?

  • A list of Approved Counselling Supervisors (ACounS) has been accredited and recognized by HKPCA, based on specified requirements, as having relevant academic background as well as profound experiences in counselling practice and supervision. They are qualified to provide professional counselling supervision to HKPCA Certified Counsellors candidates.
  • The hourly pay rate of supervision is mutually agreed between the candidate and the supervisor, primarily based on the supervisor’s years of experience, reputation and expertise in specific counselling areas.
  • HKPCA has held a neutral role in recommending ACounS and declared no benefit in listing the ACounS in its official website: http://www.hkpca.org.hk/certification/hkpca-approved-supervisors-list/