Preparation for Principalship Course for Aspiring Principals (PFP)


The Chinese University of Hong Kong has run the "Preparation for Principalship Course for Aspiring Principals (PFP)" since 2002 in order to help aspiring principals (APs) to attain the "Certification for Principalship (CFP)". With effect from the 2004/05 school year, APs have to attain the CFP, in addition to complying with the appointment conditions in force at the time, before they could be considered for appointment to principalship. To attain the CFP, APs must satisfy the following criteria within a two-year CFP process:

  • successful completion of Needs Analysis for Aspiring Principals; NA

  • successful completion of Preparation for Principalship Course for Aspiring Principals (PFP Course); and

  • successful completion of the professional development portfolio.

The Education Bureau has accredited The Chinese University of Hong Kong to deliver the PFP Course in order to help participants to fulfill the second component of the CFP requirement.

The Course will comprise 81 course hours, including 72 lecture hours covering the six core areas of leadership with a number of compulsory assessment tasks and a 3-hour seminar on “Basic Law”, as well as 6 hours on the methodologies of conducting action research. Action research follow-up meetings will also be arranged to help participants to develop an Action Research Project which is to be included in the professional development portfolio. Participants will be given six months to engage in their action research projects in a school setting in order to apply what they have learned from the PFP Course.

The six core areas of leadership for the Course are as follows:

  1. Strategic Direction and Policy Environment

  2. Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

  3. Teacher Professional Growth and Development

  4. Staff and Resources Management

  5. Quality Assurance and Accountability

  6. External Communication and Connection to the Outside World

All serving teachers and educational practitioners with five or more years of teaching experience and a recognized teacher training qualification are eligible to apply for the Course. In case of over subscription, the priority for admission will be accorded in descending order as follows:

  1. Serving vice-principals/deputy heads in government and aided schools or equivalent;

  2. Participants who have successfully completed/enrolled in the Needs Analysis for Aspiring Principals;

  3. Serving middle leaders including Senior Graduate Master/Mistress, Education Officer, Primary School Master/Mistress and Assistant Master/Mistress; and

  4. Other applicants.

Upon the completion of the PFP Course, participants must fulfil the following graduation requirements for the award of Certificate of Completion:

  • attending at least 90% of the six core areas of leadership lecture hours and Seminar on Basic Law (i.e. 23 sessions out of 25 sessions). Those who miss more than 10% of the lecture hours will automatically fail.

  • submitting one assignment for each of the six core areas of leadership. Such assignments should be professionally interesting and important to school leadership. Before submitting the final product, participants should meet with their instructional associates to ensure that the format and content are acceptable. Participants who fail to meet appropriate quality standards will not receive a passing grade and may be asked to revise their work.

  • completing an action research project in a school setting. Projects which do not reflect class content, or which contain technical errors will not be awarded a passing grade. If this occurs, participants will be required by their respective action research supervisors to revise the project.

The Certificates will be issued along with transcripts stating the grades gained in the assignments and the action research project.

Participants who have successfully completed the requirements in re-taking PFP Course will be issued with Letters of Certification.

Cantonese (English as a supplement).




Course Schedule (Tentative)

14 November 2023 – 29 February 2024

5 March 2024 – 4 June 2024


Mainly on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Mainly on Tuesdays & Thursdays


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Application Period


6 December 2023 noon - 19 January 2024 (Ended)

Link to Application Form



Application Fee (Non-refundable)


Tuition fee for whole Course


Tuition fee for retaking one-third of the course


Tel: (852) 3943 1051 / 3943 6755