Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification Ltd. (HKTIC) held a seminar of the Professional Certification Scheme for Testing Personnel (PCSTP) on 10 Aug 2013. I attended the seminar after my Invigilation Duty Assignments for HKSQ accredited course in CityU named "SEEM 3068 - Quality Management for Laboratory Operation". HKSQ had another professional certification scheme for Testing & Certification Industry named "Certified Laboratory Quality Specialist (CLabQS)" based on different accredited courses in different universities included PolyU, CityU, HKUST, HKBU and OUHK. (http://www.hksq.org/acourselist.htm)
Dr. Eric Sze represented HKTIC to present PCSTP. He introduced the scheme objectives included recognition and prestige for individual and create a competitive advantage over non-certified individuals in the same field; to enhance employment opportunities; and to establish a professional image for individual in a particular testing field.
Dr. Sze mentioned the PCSTP Phase I included Chemical & Microbiological Testing (C&M), Construction Material Testing (CMT), Electrical Products Testing (EPT), Toys & Hardlines Testing (THT) and Textiles & Garments Testing (TGT) was launched on 26 Sep 2011 and Phase II included Food & Environmental Testing (FET) and Quality & Calibration (Q&C) on 19 Jun 2013
After briefing the background and application information, Dr. Sze mentioned the examination results that was only ~40% pass rate.
However, there are several paths to achieve Certified Testing Technician and Professional included examination, completed training courses or relevant experience (>= 15yrs); and through professional interview.
A good news that the fees of new scheme (i.e. FET and Q&C) would be waive till 28 Februray 2014. It means the deadline of application for this free examination on 31 Aug 2013.
HKTIC Professional Certification Scheme for Testing Personnel (PCSTP) - http://www.hktic.org/template?series=4
HKSQ Certified Professional Scheme - Certified Laboratory Quality Specialist (CLabQS) - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/07/hksq-certified-professional-scheme.html