Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling


To nurture our young people, the quality of "people-helpers" such as teachers, youth workers and those in other caring fields, is a key factor. Instead of just shaping our youngsters' mind, "people-helpers" also need to nurture their mental and emotional health and empower them to face challenges and overcome difficulties. To achieve this vision, "people-helpers" need to be competent in self-management and effective in handling their clients' tensions.

In line with our beliefs that to be an effective "people-helper" requires not just skill, but the continual growth of the helper as a person, the programme adopts a developmental approach, providing learning through experience and self-reflection. Participants are guided to a greater awareness of the subtleties of genuine human interaction and hence are better able to master the micro skills used in the process of guidance and counselling. The programme strongly emphasizes how guidance and counselling can be rendered effectively in the particular context of Hong Kong.

Programme Co-Directors 

Professor YIN Hong-biao
BEd (HNU), MPhil (SWU), PhD (CUHK)
Chairperson & Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CUHK
Associate Director, Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, CUHK

Ms. YEUNG Kin Sie, Denise 

Programme Coordinator 

Ms. CHAN Tze Kwan 
BA, PCEd (HKU), MEd, PgD, MA (CUHK) 

Teaching Personnel 

Ms. CHAN Tze Kwan  Isa
BA, PCEd (HKU), MEd, PgD, MA (CUHK) 

Mr. CHENG Kai Chi Wallace 


Ms. HUNG Fai Connie 


Ms. HUNG Man Wai Polly 

Mrs. IU KAN Siu Mee Amy 
BSSc (HKU), MBA (University of Strathclyde), MSSc (University of South Australia), RSW 

Ms. LO Mung Ming Miranda

Ms. NG Wing Yin Winnie 

Ms. POON Wai Sze Chiffon 

BSSc, MA (CUHK), Certificated Clinical Trauma Professional 

Ms. TANG Kit Sum Connie 

BSW (PolyU), MA (CUHK), RSW 

Ms. WONG Kit Ling Holly

Ms. WONG Yee Ping 

  • Full-time teachers in primary or secondary schools in Hong Kong who are serving in school counselling teams or who are interested in guidance and counselling.

  • Full-time school social workers or youth workers.

  • Teaching professionals or administrators in educational institutes, who are holders of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

  • Graduates of other professional diploma or certificate programmes in Guidance and Counselling offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • Regular Meetings
    Each module will take place on either one evening from Monday to Friday, Saturday morning or Saturday afternoon.

  • Workshops and Growth Groups
    These will be held during school holidays or on Saturdays.

  • Practicum and Supervision
    This will be arranged on weekday evenings, Saturday mornings, or Saturday afternoons.

Programme Title

Tuition Fee

Payment Schedule

CEF Course Code: 35K134556

Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5).


  • Payment should be made by bank transfer OR crossed cheque/ cashier order payable to "The Chinese University of Hong Kong".

  • The fee to be paid upon acceptance of admission offer.

  • Fees paid are NOT refundable or transferable.

Certificate of Completion

HK$6,550 for each module

Recipients of the Professional Diploma / Certificate in Guidance and Counselling, Professional Diploma / Certificate in Parent Education and Professional Diploma / Certificate in School Discipline and Classroom Management, wishing to proceed to the following programmes may apply for exemption from a maximum of 42 contact hours of elective study.

  • Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling

  • Professional Certificate Programme in Parent Education

  • Professional Certificate Programme in School Discipline and Classroom Management

Professional Certificate in Guidance and Counselling

To qualify for this certificate, participants must:

  • Complete a total of THREE compulsory modules and THREE elective modules within ONE year of the date of registration;

  • Attend no less than 80% of the required modules set in the curriculum*; and

  • Complete all written assignments with an average grade of C or above.

Certificate of Completion
  • Participants may choose to take individual elective module(s) to tailor studies to their own interest in guidance and counselling. Taking of any one of the elective modules with attendance rate of no less than 80%, and having completed all designated assignments with an average grade of "C", a Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

  • Holders of a Certificate of Completion may transfer, within a period of 7 years, the earned credit units to the Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling or other professional certificate programmes offered by the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research for unit exemption and tuition fee reduction. For credit details, please visit: here

* Full attendance is required for CGC0003.

The programme is designed for the following objectives:

  • To provide participants with an understanding of the nature and theories of guidance and counselling and its historical development.

  • To enhance participants' self-awareness and sensitivity to feelings and emotions.

  • To improve participants' communication skills.

  • To provide participants with the practical counselling skills and techniques needed when counselling students.

Prof. LAM Man Ping
Former Professor and Chairperson, Department of Educational Psychology, CUHK


Hong Kong society is undergoing drastic changes at this time. Alienation and lack of communication are becoming the major cause of problems worrying Hong Kong people. Among these problems, the increased incidence and severity of child and youth problems has left parents and teachers both struggling for solutions and feeling vulnerable, and many have come to me for advice. Every problem has its own cause, and each case is unique, and often complex, so there can be no all-embracing panacea. Nevertheless, I always have one piece of advice — psychological counsellor training — whether the goal is problem solving, or facilitating the healthy development of young people. From my many years of experience in training psychological counsellors, I can say with certainty, that knowledge of psychological counselling can transform a person into an effective teacher or parent.

I am delighted to learn that the Faculty of Education and the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research (HKIER) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong have responded to society's needs by offering a series of courses on psychological counselling. These courses encompass the three essential components of counsellor training: (1) conceptual frameworks and basic knowledge; (2) methods and skills; and (3) professional roles and personal growth, unlike many other programmes, which focus only on the first two. I am very happy, and very much encouraged, to see that much emphasis has been put on this third component. These courses are an exemplar of well-balanced and well-designed counsellor training.

The Faculty of Education and the HKIER is already renowned for its counsellor training programmes. With such carefully designed curricula and excellent teachers and trainers, this series of counsellor training courses will definitely become the nurturing ground for teachers, parents and those related professionals who want to help our children to grow up into fine, healthy young men and women.