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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ


(A) General Questions

 

1. How to apply for trade tests?


Answer:

You can download and fill the Application Form (Annex 1) and submit with one of the following methods:

1)      By mail; or

2)      In person (Location information refer to Introduction Booklet(Chinese only), P.11); or

3)      Use TTOA Mobile App 

Scan QR code or click here to download directly.

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2. What types of documentary proofs for work experience would be accepted in applications?


Answer:

For application of Intermediate Trade Test (ITT), the following types of documentary proofs would be accepted:

1)      documentary proof(s) from employer(s); and/or

2)      a declaration or oath/affirmation made by the applicant at one of the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres; and/or

3)      specified form(s) signed by the Chairman/Vice-chairman of one of the recognised Labour Unions under the CIC Ordinance.

 

For application of Trade Test (TT), the following types of documentary proofs would be accepted:

1)      documentary proof(s) from employer(s); and/or

2)      a declaration or oath/affirmation made by the applicant at one of the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres.

However, documentary proof issued by Labour Unions will NOT BE ACCEPTED in Trade Test (TT) applications.

 

Please refer to Download Area for reference forms and list of recognised Labour Unions.

 

 

3. Are there any limitations on the bridging courses for trade test applications?


Answer:

The most updated recognised bridging courses or institutions for trade test application are available in the Download Area.

 

 

4. What resources is available for candidates to prepare for trade tests?


Answer:

Candidates can go to the CIC website as well as the TTOA app to get the Trade Test Preparation Tips. The contents include:

1.       Trade Testing Tips Videos, including Construction Trade Testing Agent with information on trade testing tips, common mistakes and revision kit

2.       Mock Test Papers for different trade tests

 

Candidates can get themselves better prepared in just around 20 minutes.

 

Scan the below QR code and subscribe HKCITTC YouTube Channel now!

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5. How to request for trade test rescheduling?


Answer:

Candidates may submit a request in writing specifying the reason to the Hong Kong Construction Industry Trade Testing Centre (HKCITTC) for the trade test rescheduling at least 3 working days before the test. If the reason is accepted by the HKCITTC, the candidate can reschedule 1 time for free.

 

 

6. How to request for a refund?


Answer:

All test fees are non-refundable. Candidate may submit a request in writing to the HKCITTC for refund under exceptional circumstances at least 3 working days before the test. The HKCITTC will consider the request at discretion. The paid fee, after deducting an administration fee amounting to 20% of such fee, will be refunded upon approval. 

 

 

7. What information should be included in the written request with regard to reschedule/ absence/ refund / change of trade tests?


Answer:

The written request should include the following information includes:

1.       Applicant’s name

2.       Contact number

3.       HKID No.

4.       Issue(s) to notify the HKCITTC, e.g. reason of reschedule/ absence/ refund / change of trade tests, etc.

5.       Date of application

6.       Applicant’s signature

7.       Additional reference documents like copy of trade testing schedule notice, medical certificate or etc.

 

 

8. How to submit the written request?


Answer:

The written request can be submitted with the following methods:

1.       By Fax to 21009090

2.       By WhatsApp or WeChat to 57200072

3.       By Email to hkcittc@cic.hk 

4.       By Mail to Construction Industry Council, address: 38/F, COS Centre, 56 Tsun Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

 

9. How to apply for exemption of trade test?


Answer:

Applicants can apply for exemption of specific Civil and Building Construction Trade Tests and Construction-related Electrical and Mechanical Trade Tests. (For exemption details, applicable trades and application method, please refer to the Introduction Booklet(Chinese only), P.17).

 

 

10. What are the adverse weather or extreme conditions arrangements?


Answer:

Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Signal No.8 (or above) or Extreme Condition: If the signal remains hoisted at/after 6 a.m., the full-day and AM test sessions will be cancelled. If the signal remains hoisted at/after 10:30 a.m., the PM test session will be cancelled. The HKCITTC will not inform the candidates separately.

If the weather conditions deteriorate during the test or any thunderstorm will affect the continuation of the test, or if the Hong Kong Observatory issues the Tropical Cyclone Signal No.8 (or above) / Black Rainstorm Warning / any Extreme Conditions during the test, the HKCITTC reserves the right to terminate the test.

All the outdoor tests are subject to actual weather conditions or special conditions and the HKCITTC reserves the right of final decision.

The HKCITTC will inform the candidates by phone or in writing about rescheduling within 3 working days.

 

 

11. How to collect the certificate?


Answer:

Candidates upon receiving a “Notification of Test Result and Collection of Certificate Document” can:

1.       Go to the HKCITTC to collect the certificate in person or by authorisation for another person for the collection; or

2.       Send the completed receipt with a cheque of HK$35 to the CIC for the delivery of certificate with registered mail.


(B) Questions About Re-sit Application of Trade Tests

 

1. What is the arrangement for re-sit application if the candidate failed in both written and practical tests?


Answer:

Candidates may apply for a re-sit, which includes both written test and practical test.

For candidates who fail the practical test and the test result is far below the passing requirements, they are advised to continue practicing their skills in the field before applying for a re-test. In this situation, candidates of Intermediate Trade Test (ITT) (or Trade Test (TT)) applying for a re-sit within 6 months (or 1 year), they are required to pay a surcharge of HK$400 (or HK$800) per test. The surcharge will be refunded upon achievement of an overall pass result in the related trade test.

 

 

2. If the candidate passed the written test but failed in practical test, may he/she apply for re-sit for practical test only?


Answer:

Candidates may apply for re-sit for practical test only. The re-sit application fee for practical test would be identical to the application fee of that test. The written test result is valid for 3 years and there is no limitation on the number(s) of re-sits and intervals between any attempts of the practical test(s). 

For candidates who fail the practical test and the test result is far below the passing requirements, they are advised to continue practicing their skills in the field before applying for a re-test. In this situation, candidates of Intermediate Trade Test (ITT) (or Trade Test (TT)) applying for a re-sit within 6 months (or 1 year), they are required to pay a surcharge of HK$400 (or HK$800) per test. The surcharge will be refunded upon achievement of an overall pass result in the related trade test.

 

 

3. If the candidate passed the practical test but failed in written test, may he/she apply for re-sit for written test only?

Answer:

Candidates may apply for re-sit for written test only. The re-sit application fee for written test is HK$100. The practical test result is valid for 3 years and there is no limitation on the number(s) of re-sits and intervals between any attempts of the written test(s).


(C) Questions About the Adjustment of Application Requirement (Effective from 1 Jan 2020)

 

1. What is the purpose of adjustment in application requirements in construction trade testing?


Answer:

The purposes of the adjustment are:

  • to ensure candidates possessing the required skills level and practical experience by adjusting the application requirements (including work experience and proof) and introducing written tests for intermediate trade tests; as well as
  • to encourage candidates having good understanding of their needs in taking the test and craftsmanship levels prior to application, which could allow the HKCITTC to deliver more efficient trade testing services for workers with genuine needs.

 

2. What are the adjustment of application requirements of construction trade testing?


Answer:

The adjustment of application requirements includes 1) working experience and its proof and 2) the introduction of written test for all Intermediate Trade Tests and Trade Tests. Please refer to Comparison Table regarding the Adjustment for details.

 

 

3. What is the working experience requirement after the adjustment?


Answer:

For Intermediate Trade Testing (ITT):

  • having at least 2 years' relevant working experience

 

Work experience to be supported by:

  • documentary proof(s) from employer(s); and/or
  • a declaration or oath/affirmation made by the applicant at one of the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres; and/or
  • specified form(s) signed by the Chairman/Vice-chairman of one of the recognised Labour Unions

 

For Trade Testing (TT):

Satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • having at least 4 years' relevant working experience with documentary proof(s); or
  • possessing corresponding Intermediate Trade Test (ITT) qualification with at least 2 years' post-qualification relevant working experience

 

Work experience to be supported by

  • documentary proof(s) from employer(s); and/or
  • a declaration or oath/affirmation made by the applicant at one of the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres

However, documentary proof issued by Labour Unions will NOT BE ACCEPTED in Trade Test (TT) applications.

 

Please refer to Download Area for reference forms and list of recognised Labour Unions.

 

 

4. What areas does the written test cover?


Answer:

The written test covers the below areas:

  • Construction safety knowledge
  • Technical knowledge of trade concerned
  • Relevant laws and codes of conduct
  • Application knowledge of relevant tools and machineries
  • Professional ethics

 

Candidates can get themselves better prepared using the Trade Test Preparation Tips.

 

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Last Updated: 2020-06-15 18:42:33