For Programme Providers:

Programmes fulfilling all the specified criteria are eligible for enlisting as recognised programmes.

Study Sponsorship

Recognised programmes are full-time or part-time programmes at Level 2 to Level 5 of the Qualifications Framework (QF) related to arboriculture, tree management and tree work (e.g. chainsaw operation and tree climbing), which have not been covered by other forms of government subsidy to the students. Programmes already covered by existing government subsidy schemes, such as the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professionals/Sectors, VPlus Engineering and sponsorship and allowance schemes under Employees Retraining Board will be excluded to avoid double sponsorship.

Scholarship

Recognised programmes are full-time programmes at QF Level 5 related to arboriculture and tree management.


For Applicants:

Study Sponsorship

Each applicant should not submit more than one application form at any one time and is entitled to study sponsorship ONCE under the Study Sponsorship Scheme (the Scheme).

To be eligible for study sponsorship, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. being a Hong Kong resident, i.e. a person who have the right of abode or the right to land or to remain in Hong Kong without restriction, or a holder of one-way permit from mainland China, who is:
    1. aged 30 or below as at the commencement date of the enrolled programme; or
    2. aged above 30 and has at least one year of relevant work experience in the arboriculture and horticulture industry within one year prior to application but has no relevant professional qualifications awarded by professional organisations1;
  2. has successfully enrolled in one of the recognised programmes (arboriculture, tree management and tree work programmes at Level 2 to Level 5 of QF) for study sponsorship listed on the Scheme's website;
  3. has not been granted any subsidy from the Scheme for any recognised programme listed on the Scheme’s website of the GLTMS or any other form of subsidy, and will not receive any other subsidy or financial assistance from any other existing Government subsidy schemes (e.g. the Continuing Education Fund) or any other financial support (e.g. from employers) for the same programme; and
  4. has passed the end-of-programme examination/satisfactorily completed the programme.

Scholarship

Each applicant should not submit more than one application form at any one time and is entitled to scholarship ONCE under the Scheme.

To be eligible for scholarship, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. being a Hong Kong resident, i.e. a person who have the right of abode or the right to land or to remain in Hong Kong without restriction, or a holder of one-way permit from mainland China;
  2. has successfully enrolled in one of the recognised programmes (full-time arboriculture and tree management programmes at Level 5 of QF) for scholarship listed on the Scheme's website;
  3. has attained 20 total grade points or above in his/her best five subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination;
  4. agrees to join the arboriculture and horticulture industry within six months after satisfactory completion of the programme, and provide related proof of employment; and
  5. has passed the academic assessments required by the Programme Provider (if applicable).

1 Examples of local and overseas professional organisations are available on the Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section's website. The list is for reference only and is not exhaustive of local and/or overseas professional institutions on tree management work. Reference can also be made to other professional qualifications offered by professional institutions through a well-established accreditation and appropriate assessment system.