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Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme (ITCTS)

Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme

Since its establishment, the Construction Industry Council (CIC)has been providing a wide range of training programmes for different trades for those who wish to be trained professionally and then to work in the construction industry. CIC has initiated five cooperative training schemes between year 2011 and 2014 to collaboratively train up Intermediate Tradesmen with the industry. Under these schemes, trainees are recruited on a first-hire-then-train basis and primarily trained on-site. In support of the schemes, CIC provides subsidy to employers and trainees.

In order to optimise the current collaborative training schemes, CIC implements the "Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme"(ITCTS). The scheme aims at integrating the current five cooperative training schemes, also focusing on trades with severe labour shortage and simplifying the application procedure.

Employers who are interested in the Scheme can submit an ITCTS application form indicating their proposal to CIC. Upon approval by CIC, the employer can then recruit suitable trainees and provide training to the trainees under CIC’s supervision. Duration of training is from 1 month to 6 months, which is subject to different trades.

Category Work Trade Training Period

Building and Civil Work Trade
(B&C Trade)/ Plant and Equipment
Operator Work Trade

Bar Bender and Fixer
Carpenter (Formwork - Building Construction/ Civil Construction)
Site Surveying (Leveller)
Surveying & Setting Out (Leveller)
Painter and Decorator
Marble Worker (Polishing)
Tower Crane Workers' Assistant*
Piling Operative (Bored Pile)
Offsite Rebar Automation Cut and Bend Operator*
6 months
Metal Worker
General Welder
Metal Scaffolder and Metal Formwork Erector
Crawler-mounted Mobile Crane Operator
Crawler-mounted Mobile Crane Operator (Apprentices Scheme)
Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operator
Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operator (Apprentices Scheme) 
Ground Investigation Operator
Tower Crane Operator#
Tunnel Worker*
3 months
Specialist Marine Work Trade*
Underwater Geotextile Special Barge Operator
Underwater Band Drain Special Barge Operator
Sand Pumping Barge Operation Supervisor
Anchor Boat Operator
Rock Placing Pelican Barge Operator
Dredge Pipe Supervisor – TSHD
Deep Cement Mixing Plant Operator
Hydraulic Filling Vibro Compaction Rig Operator
Floating Box Culvert Installation Operator
Operator of Specialized Plant for Seabed Ground Treatment Works
Sand Transshipment Operator
Underwater Lamination Sand Placing Special Barge Operator
6 months
Plant and Equipment Operator Work Trade#
Bulldozer Operator 
Loader Operator
Excavator Operator
1-2 months
Electrical & Mechanical Work Trade
(E&M Trade)
Electrical Wireman
Fire Service Mechanical Fitter
Refrigeration / Air-conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic (Air System)
Refrigeration / Air-conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic (Thermal Insulation)
Refrigeration / Air-conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic (Water System)
Lift Mechanic*
6 months

* Intermediate Trade Test is not applicable to the work trade marked with '*'. Trainee will be awarded a Completion Certificate after the trainee has successfully completed the training scheme and passed the test.

# Intermediate Trade Test is not applicable to Plant and Equipment Operator Work Trade. Trainee will be awarded the Certificate of the relevant trade after the trainee has successfully completed the training scheme and passed the Certification Test.

Eligible Employers

An employer who is going to apply for this scheme shall meet at least one of the following requirements:

(1)     Main Contractor; or

(2)     Registered companies under the “Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme”or the “Sub-contractors Registration Scheme”of the CIC; or

(3)    Owners of refurbishment, repair and maintenance projects or new projects (owner refers to the property holder, developer or administrator)

(i) Developer: Must be a member of “The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong (REDA)”, relevant membership is to be provided by the applicant; or

(ii) Property Management Company: Must be a member of “The Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies”, relevant membership is to be provided by the applicant; or

(iii) Other Categories of Applicant: If the applicant does not fall into the above approved categories, the application will be submitted to the Sub-committee for consideration and approval; or

 (4)   Possess at least one construction contract, either in progress or ready to commence. The nature of the construction, in whole or in part, must be appropriate to the type of work trade applied. 

Enquiry: 2100 9000

Scheme information


Application form

Year 2021 Initial Training Schedule

Year 2021 Recruitment Day Schedule for "Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme" (ITCTS)


Last Updated: 2021-01-15 14:47:48