Arrangements towards a Qualification of the Hong Kong Statistical Society after cessation of the Examination in 2017

Last Updated: Friday, 03 July 2020

Since the signing of the Agreement between the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and Hong Kong Statistical Society (HKSS) in August 2001, the professional statistical examinations have been held annually by HKSS in Hong Kong as from the 2002 round of the examination. The syllabuses, examination papers and the standard for marking examination scripts are all along the same as those of the RSS examinations. Furthermore, the certificates issued by the HKSS to successful candidates for all levels of the professional examinations (i.e. Ordinary Certificate, Higher Certificate and Graduate Diploma) are endorsed by the RSS and fully recognised by the RSS as of a standard equivalent to those issued by the RSS.

In 2015, RSS informed HKSS of the decision that RSS will discontinue its professional examinations from September 2017, after a strategy review to take forward the work of RSS in the next five years. Instead of organising professional examinations, RSS will move to an accreditation model after 2017.

Following the decision of RSS, HKSS will withdraw from offering its professional examinations after the 2017 round of the examination. For archive materials of past examinations, please click here.

An agreement between RSS and HKSS was reached in March 2017 concerning the transitional arrangement for the mutual recognition of the Graduate Statistician (GradStat) qualification after withdrawal of the examination in 2017. This agreement is updated in June 2020.

In particular, the professional qualifications obtained through HKSS examinations in the past will still be recognised by RSS and HKSS against any new standards that are introduced. Those who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma will continue to be eligible for Graduate Statistician status after May 2017.

For candidate who cannot complete all exams by 2017 towards a qualification, HKSS has collaborated with RSS to provide guidance on transitional routes to a qualification via accredited statistical courses. Please contact the Examination Office of the Society for details.

Besides, to facilitate application of various types of membership of HKSS, the Examination Board will continue to provide the service of academic assessment. Please find below the relevant application forms.

Application of Academic Assessment Form - Ordinary Certificate (docx)
Application of Academic Assessment Form - Higher Certificate (docx)
Application of Academic Assessment Form - Graduate Diploma (docx)

Application of Certificate of Academic Assessment Form (docx)

For enquiries, you can contact the Examination Office of the Society:

Address: The Hong Kong Statistical Society Examination Office,
c/o HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
Room 313, 3/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong
Tel: 3761 1121
Fax: 2527 0489

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