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Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme (ITCTS)

Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme 

The Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme (ITCTS) follows "First-hire-then-train" approach. Trainees are first employed by the employer, then they will receive an initial training provided by the Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC) with up to HK$10,200/month allowance. After the initial training, trainees will undergo on-site training provided by the employer. During on-site training period, trainees can get at least HK$13,400 monthly salary. At the end of training, trainees are required to take the relevant Intermediate Trade Test (ITT) / Certification Test / Completion Test provided by the CIC. Trainees who pass the ITT / Certification Test / Completion Test and register as a registered semi-skilled worker of the relevant trade under the “Construction Workers Registration Ordinance” will be awarded a one-off bonus of HK$10,000. 

Choice of Trades 

(For details, please click here for the "ITCTS Work Trade Category and Skill Description")

Category Work Trade Training Period
Building and Civil Work Trade
(B&C Trade)

Painter and Decorator

Marble Worker (Polishing)



Metal Worker

General Welder

Tower Crane Workers' Assistant*

Piling Operative (Bored Pile)

Offsite Rebar Automation Cut and Bend Operator*

6 months

Bar Bender and Fixer


Carpenter (Formwork - Building Construction/ Civil Construction)

Site Surveying (Leveller)

Surveying & Setting Out (Leveller)




5 months

Metal Scaffolder

Metal Formwork Erector

Ground Investigation 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

Crawler-mounted Mobile Crane Operator

Crawler-mounted Mobile Crane Operator (Apprentices Scheme)

Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operator

Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operator (Apprentices Scheme)

Tower Crane Operator

3 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.

Mode of Training

  • Initial training provided by HKIC
  • On-site training provided by the employer

Entry Requirement

  • Aged 18 or above; and
  • Hong Kong residents and have permit to work in Hong Kong; and
  • For those who have not taken the below courses within one year:
  • (i) Full-time Short Course/Enhanced Construction Manpower Training Scheme (ECMTS) offered by Construction Industry Council (CIC) or Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC);or
    (ii) Other full-time training courses offered by CIC or HKIC or other training bodies funded by CIC or HKIC;or

  • For those who have not taken CIC’s or HKIC's Technician programmes within two years.
  • To ensure the optimal use of training places, holders of trade test or intermediate trade test qualification are not eligible to participate in the Scheme of relevant trades.

Employers may have other requirements. The applicant may consult the employer directly.

Enquiry: 2100 9000

Introduction Video of “Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme” 

Scheme information


Application form

Year 2022 Initial Training Schedule

Year 2022 Recruitment Day Schedule for "Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme" (ITCTS)

Last Updated: 2022-06-15 11:09:04