Practitioners - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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(Last Update: Dec 2015)

1. What is the difference between BEAM Professional (BEAM Pro) and BEAM Affiliate? How should I choose between two qualifications? 2. How do I enroll in BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate Training and Examination?
3. After taking the training and passing the examination of BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate, what are the next steps? 4. Do I need to pay any fee to maintain my BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate qualification?
5. What are Associate Members and Institutional/Patron Members? Are they different from BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate? 6. How do I let others know I am a BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate?
7. How do I maintain the qualifications? 8. What are the annual CPD requirements of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate?
9. What kind of activities are counted towards CPD hours? 10. Through what channels can I obtain Mandatory CPD hours?
11. What is the fee for Mandatory CPD events? 12. How do I submit my CPD records?
13. Will HKGBC check my CPD record submission? How often does the suspension check take place? 14. What should I do if I do not obtain enough CPD hours? What will I face if I cannot meet the annual CPD requirements?
15. How can I reinstate my BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate credential if my qualification is terminated?  

 

1. What is the difference between BEAM Professional (BEAM Pro) and BEAM Affiliate? How should I choose between two qualifications?

A: Both BEAM Professional and BEAM Affiliate are accredited by the Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC).  BEAM Pro are green building professionals who play a key role in integrating the latest green building standards and practices into everyday planning, design, construction and operation of green building projects, while  BEAM Affiliate are technical staffs and practitioners who  support the various stages in green building projects. 

BEAM Pro qualification demands a professional degree and sound experience, while BEAM Affiliate welcomes practitioners or technical staffs working in the construction / real estate industry, interior design practitioners, or recent degree graduates who are in the process of working towards a professional qualification. 

Becoming a BEAM Affiliate also provides an individual and alternative route to be a BEAM Pro.  There are different minimum admission requirements for BEAM Affiliate and BEAM Pro, which are listed below, please make sure that you have met such requirements of respective qualifications before your enrollment in training and examination:

Qualification

Minimum Admission Requirement

BEAM Pro

A degree or equivalent in Built Environment related disciplines; plus
A minimum 3 years postgraduate professional experience; plus
Qualification as a full member of a relevant Professional Institute (HKIA, HKIE, HKILA, HKIP, HKIS or equivalent)

OR

A degree or equivalent in Built Environment related disciplines; plus
A minimum 5 years postgraduate experience related to the assessment of green buildings or equivalent.

BEAM Affiliate

A degree or equivalent in built environment related disciplines; plus At least 2 years’ working experience in the building construction or interior design industry.

OR

A diploma or equivalent in built environment related disciplines; plus At least 5 years’ working experience in the building construction or interior design industry.

OR

At least 10 years’ working experience in the building construction or interior design industry, with completed education at HKCEE/HKDSE level or equivalent.

OR

Qualification as an Associate Member of one of the five professional institutes: HKIA, HKIE, HKILA, HKIP and HKIS, or equivalent.

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2. How do I enroll in BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate Training and Examination?

A: Training and Examination of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate are held by BEAM Society Limited (BSL) several times per year. You can first check the schedule of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate Training and Examination at their website. Then you can submit the application form and fee to BEAM Society Limited. If you wish to settle the payment by cheque, please make your crossed cheque payable to “BEAM Society Limited".
For details, please visit the website of BEAM Society Limited: www.beamsociety.org.hk.

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3. After taking the training and passing the examination of BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate, what are the next steps?

A: You have to make formal registration to HKGBC within 14 days after passing the examination. Upon receiving your registration, HKGBC will assign your BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate number and send you the e-Certificates (electronic version only) and individual account login details (currently available for BEAM Pro only).  Your name will then be posted on the BEAM Pro Directory or BEAM Affiliate Directory at HKGBC website.

If you have already passed your examination, please register now:
For BEAM Pro: www.hkgbc.org.hk/eng/BeamProRegistrationForm.aspx
For BEAM Affiliate: www.hkgbc.org.hk/eng/BeamAffiliateForm.aspx

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4. Do I need to pay any fee to maintain my BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate qualification?

A: NO. There are no fees associated with maintaining your qualification. BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate need to attain sufficient CPD hours to maintain their qualifications.  For details of the CPD policy, for BEAM Pro, please refer to HERE while for BEAM Affiliate, please refer to HERE.

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5. What are Associate Members and Institutional / Patron Members? Are they different from BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate?

A: Associate Member and Institutional / Patron members are two kinds of memberships offered by the HKGBC, we invite individuals who are interested to learn more about the green building movement in Hong Kong to join HKGBC. BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliates are qualifications for individuals only. Being a BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate does not imply he / she is a member of HKGBC. 

Associate Members are for individual, government departments or overseas organisations to join, Institutional / Patron Members are corporate memberships offered by the HKGBC. For information about the membership packages offered by HKGBC, please visit the website HERE.  Staffs of Institutional/ Patron members as well as Associate Members of HKGBC can enjoy member price at CPD events held by the HKGBC. For staffs of the Institutional/ Patron members, you may contact your company representatives for HKGBC Institutional/ Patron membership number to obtain discount at our events. You can check out the Institutional Member list and Patron Member list for further information.

BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate can become members of HKGBC to obtain discounts in our events.  BEAM Pro can become Associate Member – Professional while BEAM Affiliate can join Associate Member – Individual. You can register to become a member through HERE.

Please note that BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate who did not join Associate Members CANNOT entitle member price at CPD events held by the HKGBC.

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6. How do I let others know I am a BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate?

Accredited BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate can display their qualifications as well as the logos of “BEAM Professional” (or “BEAM Pro”) and “BEAM Affiliate” on their name cards.  The use of logos should be in accordance to the guidelines.

BEAM Pro can download the logo and guideline at your BEAM Pro individual account. Please login HERE.

For BEAM Affiliates, the logo and guideline will be provided on request. Please submit your form HERE.

HKGBC puts up a directory for the full list of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate, please refer to BEAM Pro Directory and BEAM Affiliate Directory for more information. 

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7. How do I maintain the qualifications?

A: Participating in CPD activities is the way to maintain your qualification. Please be reminded to submit your CPD records every year through the individual account in order to meet the annual CPD requirements.

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8. What are the annual CPD requirements of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate?

A: The following table lists out the annual CPD requirements of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate:

Qualification

Annual CPD Requirements

BEAM Pro

6 Mandatory CPD Hours + 9 General CPD Hours

BEAM Affiliate

3 Mandatory CPD Hours + 3 General CPD Hours

*Excess Mandatory CPD hours can cover outstanding general CPD hours but not vice versa.

BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate are required to submit their CPD records every year through the online CPD record submission form.

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9. What kind of activities are counted towards CPD hours?

A: The below table summarises the activities that can be counted towards Mandatory and General CPD hours:

Mandatory CPD Activities

BEAM Pro (Minimum 6 hours)

BEAM Affiliate (Minimum 3 hours)

1.   Attend Mandatory CPD events organised or co-organised by HKGBC/BSL including education courses, training, technical talks, seminars, symposia, conferences and guided green building tours.

1.   Attend Mandatory CPD events organised or co-organised by HKGBC/BSL including education courses, training, technical talks, seminars, symposia, conferences and guided green building tours.

2.   Act as trainer/speaker in the activities listed in Type 1 above or other HKGBC/BSL training programmes. No limit for the total number of training occasions.

Each training occasion can be counted as up to 3 CPD hours (inclusive of preparation and training time). For the same training topic, it can only be counted ONCE in the submission of the same year.

 

General CPD Activities

BEAM Pro
(Report at least two types of activities listed below)

BEAM Affiliate
(Report at least two types of activities listed below)

3. Attend HKGBC/BSL committee meetings, working group meetings, task force meetings, focus group meetings, forums and workshops such as stakeholder engagement workshops; or represent HKGBC/BSL to attend other meetings; or act as a jury member in green building competitions organised/co-organised by HKGBC/BSL.

2. Attend training, seminars, technical visits and exhibitions related to green building, other than Mandatory CPD events organised by HKGBC/ BSL. For activities with mixed themes, only those hours related to green building should be counted.

4. Conduct researches for and assist to develop contents for trainer/speaker mentioned in Type 2.

3. Undertake research or study, deliver speeches and/or write papers related to green building. Study includes taught courses, self-guided study, learning from books, CD-ROMs, journals, libraries, internet sources, etc.

5. Attend training, seminars, technical visits and exhibitions related to green building. For activities with mixed themes, only those hours related to green building should be counted.

4. Participate in registered BEAM Plus project(s) in relation to pursuit of BEAM Plus credits

6. Undertake research or study, deliver speeches and/or write papers related to green building. Study includes taught courses, self-guided study, learning from books, CD-ROMs, journals, libraries, internet sources, etc.

 

7. Participate in registered BEAM Plus project(s) in relation to pursuit of BEAM Plus credits.

 

You may check the details of CPD policy by clicking the following links:

For BEAM Pro: https://www.hkgbc.org.hk/eng/hkgbc-cpdmain.aspx
For BEAM Affiliate: https://www.hkgbc.org.hk/eng/cpdrecord-form-1.aspx

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10. Through what channels can I obtain Mandatory CPD hours?

A: Generally, you can obtain Mandatory CPD hours by attending live events held by the HKGBC and BEAM Society Limited (BSL). Besides, you can enroll in the videos on the online training portals managed by the HKGBC and BSL. The following are the links to the portals:

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11. What is the fee for Mandatory CPD events?

A: By joining Associate Members, BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate can enjoy member price at Mandatory CPD events held by the HKGBC, which is generally at $200/hr unless otherwise stated. (Register Associate Members HERE.) Associate Members and staff of Institutional/Patron Members are required to enter his/her HKGBC Membership Number (“GBC/…”) in the online registration form for Mandatory CPD events held by the HKGBC.

Non-HKGBC member price is generally $300/hr for BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate CPD events unless otherwise stated.

The fee for the online training portals managed by the HKGBC applies the same rule as mentioned above unless specified.

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12. How do I submit my CPD records?

A: CPD Record Submission usually opens at the end of every year. All your CPD records are to be submitted online.

BEAM Pro can save their CPD activities throughout the year via BEAM Pro individual account. Submission can be made at “CPD Record Submission” after login.

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13. Will HKGBC check my CPD record submission? How often does the suspension check take place?

A: Yes, the secretariat will ensure that BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate submitting their CPD record by the end of each year.  Email notifications will be sent to those BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliates who failed to submit their CPD records in the first quarter of the year.

Since BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate are required to submit sufficient CPD activities to upkeep their qualifications, the secretariat of HKGBC will perform the suspension check of BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate on your 3rd year of CPD record submission, and will assess annually in subsequent years.

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14. What should I do if I do not obtain enough CPD hours? What happen if I cannot meet the annual CPD requirements?

A: BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate should make up their outstanding CPD hours in the following year if they do not meet the annual CPD requirements.

According to CPD policy, BEAM Pro’s and BEAM Affiliate's qualification will be suspended if, by the 3rd year, the total number of attained CPD hours is still less than 30 (with at least 12 Mandatory hours) for BEAM Pro and 12 (with at least 6 Mandatory hours) for BEAM Affiliate respectively. Upon suspension, a 2-year grace period will be granted for suspended BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliates making up their outstanding CPD hours.

If BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate successfully make up all CPD hours due (total of 30 and 12 hours respectively), he / she can submit the relevant CPD record to HKGBC Secretariat and apply for the reinstatement of the BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate credential any-time during the 2-year grace period. 

However, BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliates are required to fulfill their on-going CPD hours of the current year to avoid possibility of further suspension owing to insufficent CPD hours in their annual CPD record submission. 

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15. How can I reinstate my BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate credential if my qualification is terminated?

A: Any BEAM practitioners can reinstate their BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate credential by

 (i) re-enrolling BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate Training; AND
(ii) passing BEAM Pro / BEAM Affiliate Examination,
if their qualification is terminated due to the failure to fulfill CPD requirement within the 2-year grace period.

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