Section 42 of the Education Ordinance stipulates that any person who teaches in a school has to be either a registered teacher or a permitted teacher. Hence, school and teacher concerned should submit application for teacher registration as soon as the appointment has been confirmed and prior to the teacher's assumption of duty. Private schools offering non-formal curriculum may have some exemptions subject to their compliance with conditions specified in the Education (Exemption) (Private Schools Offering Non-formal Curriculum) Order. (For details, please refer to Education Bureau Circular No. 7/2007)
Permitted Teacher (PT)
A person who holds only academic qualifications (i.e. has no teacher training and teacher qualification) may apply to be a PT by completing a Form 10. The first step he/she has to do is to get employed by a school, so that the school supervisor can file in the Form 10 to seek permission to employ him/her as a PT. Upon approval, a permit to teach will be issued. The permit will automatically be cancelled if the PT ceases to be employed in the school specified in the permit. As such, when the PT is employed by another school, the school concerned has to apply for another permit to teach by completing a Form 11 even though the teacher concerned has previously been registered as a PT.
The minimum academic qualification required of a PT teaching in a school providing primary, secondary or post-secondary education is an associate degree, a higher diploma or equivalent. Please note that the higher level a teacher is required to teach at, the higher qualifications he/she has to possess. In addition, the teacher has to produce documentary proof that he/she is capable of teaching the subject(s) he/she is required to teach. In fact, schools should seek advice from the Education Bureau before appointing non-subject-trained persons to teach subjects with safety concerns, e.g. science subjects at senior secondary levels.
If the PT ceases to be employed in the school specified in the permit, the school should update the record through the e-Services Portal. If the PT does not have an e-Services account, school should inform Education Bureau the details of the PT who has left the school (Sample Letter)( in August 2016).
Registered Teacher (RT)
1. Teacher Registration Team
2. Regional Education Offices of the Education Bureau; or
3. Education Bureau's website at http://www.edb.gov.hk
*With effect from 1 August 2016, only 06/2016 version of Form 8, 10 and 11 are accepted.
Enquiring Teacher Registration Information
In case of doubt about the potential appointees' registration status, schools may seek their consent to apply (application form) ( in May 2017) to the Education Bureau for the release of teacher registration information to the schools.
In case of doubt about the teachers' registration status, the public / parents may seek their consent to apply (application form) ( in May 2017) to the Education Bureau for the release of teacher registration information to the applicants.
Replacement of Certificate for Registration as a Teacher
If a person's Certificate for Registration as a Teacher (the Certificate) is lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced, he/she can apply for a replacement. For application details including the procedures, documents required and fees, please contact the Teacher registration Team. A person may also apply for a replacement if he/she needs to change the personal particulars on his/her Certificate.
If a person has recovered the lost Certificate after submitting a replacement application or obtaining a replacement copy, he/she should return the recovered Certificate to the Teacher Registration Team immediately.
Letter Related to Teacher Registration
Schools may refer to the letter issued by the Education Bureau on 20 July 2016 concerning about the matters related to teacher registration.
For further enquiry, please contact the Teacher Registration Team at: