Grandfather Clause

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Grandfather Clause (will expire on 30 Nov 2021)

Membership Application Form : Application for membership under the Grandfather Clause

The HKAEP Professional Council (“the Council”) will introduce a grandfather clause for registration of people who have already been practicing as educational psychologists prior to the date of commencement of the Accredited Registers Scheme for Educational Psychologists (Pilot Scheme) but who do not meet the HKAEP registration eligibility criteria. To safeguard the public interest and quality of services, the Council will ensure the professional standards and conduct of educational psychologists by requiring registrants to undergo an objective assessment of equivalence in professional competences. Applicants can register under the grandfather clause if they possess knowledge and experience recognized by the Council.

  • The Grandfather Clause will be granted as a one‐off exercise and will expire as of a specific date (2 years from the date of accreditation awarded by the Department of Health).
  • Applicants who meet the following conditions set forth in paragraphs (a) or (b) are considered grandfathered in terms of education and experience.
    1. Applicants who graduated from the relevant higher degree programmes on or before December 2, 2000, and can provide acceptable evidence that they:
      1. Have an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology or its equivalence acceptable to the Council; and
      2. Have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in educational or school psychology granted by an institution and program that were accredited by a governmental authority in the place of origin at the time of admission to the program, and are recognized by the Council. The degree programme must include all 3 of the following components:
        1. course work covering all the core areas specified in Appendix 1;
        2. empirical research work;
        3. supervised internship of a minimum of 600 hours
      3. Have maintained a current practice of educational/school psychology
    2. Applicants who graduated from relevant higher degree programmes and can provide acceptable evidence that they:
      1. Have a postgraduate degree (diploma/master’s/doctorate) in school psychology or educational psychology granted by an institution and program that were accredited by a governmental authority in their place of origin at the time of the applicant’s admission to the program, and are recognized by the Council. The postgraduate program must have been specifically designed to prepare graduates to practice educational/school psychology and should consist of all of the following components:
        1. course work covering all the core areas specified in Appendix 1;
        2. a supervised internship of a minimum of 600 hours
      2. Have been in professional practice as a full-time Educational Psychologist in Hong Kong continuously for at least 10 years in recognized settings including, but not limited to, government or government-subvented educational psychology services operated by non-governmental organizations, with documentation of work that is acceptable to the Council.
        • Recognized settings will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
      3. Have maintained a current professional practice of educational/school psychology
  • For educational qualifications in (a) & (b) above, certified true copies of academic documents such as award certificates and academic transcripts must be submitted.
  • Applicants meeting conditions (a) or (b) above must not have been disqualified or expelled from The Hong Kong Psychological Society Limited, or other professional societies or registration bodies.
  • The Council will consider and evaluate each application based on the applicant’s education, training, professional experience and skills as well as supporting documentation. Each application will be determined case by case on its own merits.