BEAM Affiliate Qualification Maintenance
With the new CPD policy effective from 1 Jan 2018, BEAM Affiliate is required to submit CPD hours and pay Qualification Renewal Fee to Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) annually. The Annual Qualification Renewal Fee is intended to cover the administration and operation cost of the credential, which cannot be waived.
1 January - 31 December
CPD hours per year
On or before 31 March
Annual Qualification Renewal Fee
Annual CPD Hour Requirements
The HKGBC recognises professional development in different forms.
The CPD requirements for BEAM Affiliate comprise of live and online seminars, technical visits, project experience and research. BEAM Affiliate can achieve their annual CPD requirements in a flexible manner.
1 Jan - 31 Dec
of every year
6 CPD Hours
Types of CPD Activities
If you see the CPD icon at the event flyer, CPD hours for that event will be auto recorded.
Attend or be a speaker in any green building-related training/seminars/events
Conduct research/study; or
Write papers related to green buildings
Attend HKGBC/BSL committee/working group meetings; or
Act as a jury member in competitions organised by HKGBC/BSL
Participate in BEAM Plus project
(Maximum 3 hours to be claimed per year)
Exemption of CPD Record Submission for
BEAM Affiliate's First Calendar Year of Accreditation
CPD record submission is not required for the first calendar year of accreditation.
For instance, If a BEAM Affiliate is accredited at any date in Year 2021, he/she is not required to submit any CPD hours within the same Year (viz Year 2021). Starting from 1 Jan next year, he/she shall earn hours and add CPD records in the BEAM Practitioner Individual Account.
Excess or Outstanding CPD Hours
BEAM Affiliate can carry over excess CPD hours or make up outstanding hours in the next year.
As a one-off arrangement for the new CPD policy revamp, net excess Mandatory CPD hours in 2017 was multiplied by a factor of 1.2, the balance is now updated under the CPD Record Submission Page. In general, all excess hours will be carried over to the next year automatically without any time limit.
BEAM Affiliate who cannot fulfill the minimum CPD hours requirement can be made up in the 2nd and 3 rd years of his/her accreditation. Since your 3rd year of accreditation, there will be a suspension check every year, please refer to the Section on Suspension and Termination for more information.
Annual Qualification Renewal Fee
BEAM Affiliates are required to pay for qualification renewal fee every year
as part of the requirements of qualification maintenance.
of every year
$160 per year
Renewal Fee for BEAM Affiliate
Exemption of Annual Qualification Renewal Fee for First Calendar Year of Accreditation
AQRF paying to HKGBC is one of the mandatory requirement for maintaining BEAM Affiliate qualification but it is not required for the first calendar year of accreditation.
For instance, If a BEAM Affiliate is accredited at any date in Year 2021, he/she is not required to pay within the same year (viz year 2021). Starting from 1 Jan next year (Year 2022), he/she shall be required to pay in the BEAM Practitioner Individual Account, no any waiving is provided.
Surcharge to Annual Qualification Renewal Fee
A HKD$30 surcharge will be imposed for delay in settlement after 31 March of every year.
Suspension and Termination
Failing to fulfill the CPD hour requirements or settle the Annual Qualification Renewal Fee
may risk the suspension and termination of the BEAM Affiliate credential.
BEAM Affiliate qualification will be suspended if BEAM Affiliate fails to fulfill the CPD hour requirements or settle the Annual Qualification Renewal Fee.
Failing to settle Annual Qualification Renewal Fee
BEAM Affiliate's credentials will be suspended if the fee is not settled by 31 December of the corresponding year. A reinstatement fee of $160 will be imposed when BEAM Affiliate settles the outstanding fee and reinstate his/her qualification.
Failing CPD Requirements
Since the 3rd year of accreditation, there will be a suspension check every year. If the total number of attained CPD hours within 3 recent years is still less than 12 (out of 18), his or her BEAM Affiliate credential will be suspended.
The list of BEAM Affiliate with the credential suspended will be published in the BEAM Practitioners' Directory. Suspended BEAM Affiliate cannot declare himself or herself as a BEAM Affiliate. Upon suspension, a 2-year grace period will be granted for suspended BEAM Affiliate to make up the outstanding CPD hours or to settle the outstanding fees, so as to reinstate the qualification.
Suspended BEAM Affiliate can reinstate his/her qualification by fulfilling the minimum CPD hour requirements, or settling the outstanding Annual Qualification Renewal Fee, or both.
Termination due to insufficient CPD hours
If BEAM Affiliate fails to fulfill minimum CPD hour requirements during the two-year grace period, the BEAM Affiliate qualification will be terminated.
Termination due to outstanding payment of Annual Qualification Renewal Fee
If BEAM Affiliate fails to settle the outstanding annual qualification renewal fees, surcharges and reinstatement fee during the two-year grace period, the BEAM Affiliate qualification will be terminated.
Upon the termination of the BEAM Affiliate qualification, he/ she has to re-enroll and pass the BEAM Affiliate examination to attain the qualification again.