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

A: Both BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate are accredited by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC).

BEAM Pros 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 Affiliates are technical staff and practitioners who support the various stages in green building projects.

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

The minimum admission requirements for BEAM Affiliate and BEAM Pro (NB, EB, BI, ND) are different as well.
For details, please visit the website (www.beamsociety.org.hk) of BEAM Society Limited (BSL) or
refer to the Candidate's handbook for BEAM Affiliate.

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2. How do I enrol in BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate training and examinations?

A: Training and examinations of BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate are organised by BEAM Society Limited (BSL) and available in live events and online formats.
For schedule and other details, please visit the website (www.beamsociety.org.hk) of BEAM Society Limited.

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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: Candidate who has passed the examination will receive a notification email from the HKGBC within a month on successful accreditation. Accredited BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate will also be given an online individual account for record maintenance.

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

A: No. There is NO fees associated with maintenance of your qualification. BEAM Pros and BEAM Affiliates are ONLY required to attain sufficient CPD hours to maintain their qualifications.
Please click HERE for BEAM Pro CPD policy.
Please click HERE for BEAM Affiliate CPD policy.

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

A: Associate Member and Institutional / Patron member are two kinds of memberships offered by the HKGBC. BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate are qualifications for individuals only which are not equivalent to HKGBC membership.

BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate could enjoy discount (member price) in our events with HKGBC membership.

  • Associate Member: Individuals, government departments or overseas organisations
  • Institutional / Patron Member: Corporate membership for local companies and organisations.

For a staff member of corporate or organisation members, you may contact your organisation's HKGBC membership representative for the membership number to obtain discount at our events. For details of member organisations, please check the following lists:

For individual membership, BEAM Pros are eligible to become Associate Member – Professional and BEAM Affiliate can join Associate Member – Individual.

For information about membership packages offered by HKGBC, please click here.

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6. 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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7. 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 (NB, EB, BI, ND) 6 Mandatory CPD hours plus 9 General CPD hours
BEAM Affiliate 3 Mandatory CPD hours plus 3 General CPD hours

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

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

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8. What kind of activities could be 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)

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

Type 2
Act as trainer or speaker in the activities listed in Type 1 above or other HKGBC or 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
BEAM Affiliate
(Report at least two types of activities listed below)

Type 3
Attend HKGBC or 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 or co-organised by HKGBC or BSL.

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

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

Type 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.

Type 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.

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

Type 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.

 

Type 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:

CPD Policy for BEAM Pro
CPD Policy for BEAM Affiliate

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9. How can I obtain Mandatory CPD hours?

A: Generally, you can obtain Mandatory CPD hours by attending live events held by the HKGBC and BSL. Besides, you can enrol in the video training course at online training portals managed by the HKGBC and BSL. Click the below links to the portals:

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10. What is the fee for Mandatory CPD events?

A: The regular price of Mandatory CPD events for BEAM Pro or BEAM Affiliate organised by the HKGBC is HK$300 per hour. HKGBC members (Associate Member and Institutional / Patron Member), could enjoy member price, which is generally at $200 per hour unless otherwise stated.

Please note that HKGBC members (Associate / Institutional / Patron Member) are required to enter the relevant HKGBC membership number (begin with “GBC/…”) in the online registration form to enjoy the discount.

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

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