4.1 To qualify for professional membership in HKPCA, the individual should have accumulated at least 450 hours of supervised practice of which at least 150 hours must be subsequent to the completion of training (that is, after graduate training at the level of a master degree in a counselling-related field or its equivalent).
4.2 In addition, a total of at least 100 supervision hours must be accumulated, of which at least 50 hours must be subsequent to the completion of graduate training. At least 30 percent of the supervision hours (i.e., 30 hours) have to be individual-based (that is, one-on-one supervision). All post-qualification supervision should be supervised by the HKPCA Approved Counselling Supervisor(s) who are listed in the HKPCA website.
4.3 In the practicum component of an Accredited Counselling Programme, the number of Supervised Practice Hours should be at least FIFTY (50). The maximum number of supervised practice hours and supervision hours accredited to each programme should be subject to Membership and Professional Standards Committee election and regular review every 3 years. Applicants should check with their relevant programme organizer for details before applying as Candidacy or Certified Counselors.
4.4 Within the total 450 hours (under and post master) , at least 80% i.e. 360 hours has to be individual supervised practice hour (must be endorsed by HKPCA ACounS, policy to be implemented in 2021).
4.5 In the practicum component of an Accredited Counselling Programme, the ratio between Supervised Practice Hours and Supervision Hours should be at least THREE to ONE (3 : 1), which means for every 3 practice hours, there should be at least 1 supervision hour.
4.6 In the practicum component of an Accredited Counselling Programme, the maximum number of supervisee allowed in one supervision group should be SIX (6).
4.7 In the practicum component of an Accredited Counselling Programme, Individual Supervision should be a face-to-face supervision for ONE supervisee, and appropriate observers should be allowed.
4.8 In the practicum component of an Accredited Counselling Programme, the ratio between Total Supervision Hours and Individual Supervision Hours should be at least SIX to ONE (6: 1), which means for every 6 supervision hours, there should at least be 1 individual supervision hour.