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Local Actuarial Examination
The ASHK is pleased to announce the roll-out of its local actuarial examination (on top of the overseas professional examinations) applicable to new Fellow of the ASHK post transition period (defined as below).
Background & examination objectives
  • In December 2013, ASHK members voted in favor of pursuing the recognition of the ASHK as a statutory body. ASHK Council recognised that some enhancements shall be made to prepare the ASHK in becoming a statutory body.  These include developing and introducing a set of local actuarial examinations in Hong Kong as a prerequisite for new Fellows of the ASHK starting from 1 January 2019.
  • In June 2017, the ASHK made available to its members the examination curriculum which covers areas of local regulations and industry practices pertaining to actuaries in Hong Kong practicing in life insurance, pension, general insurance and investment.
  • Passing of the examinations serves to demonstrate the candidate’s knowledge in the local landscape and the actuarial guidance notes as well as to gain appreciation in professional standards.
  • The examination is viewed by the ASHK Council as a necessary step on our path towards statutory recognition, ensuring actuaries practicing in Hong Kong have the relevant local knowledge.

Grandfathering & transition arrangements
  • All existing ASHK Fellow members who hold valid membership status on 1 January 2019 will be eligible for grandfathering.  ASHK may introduce a Professional Development Course as part of the transitional arrangements.  More details will be announced in due course.
  • Any ASHK Fellow member who was grandfathered but has subsequently lapsed their membership, regardless of any reasons, is required to take the examinations to requalify as an ASHK Fellow thereafter.

Eligibility requirements for Fellows of the ASHK post transition period
(1) Any person who satisfies the requirements of paragraph (2) AND (3) below and who is nominated by two Fellow Members of the ASHK shall be eligible to become a Fellow Member.
(2) He/She is a Fellow member of at least one of the following accredited actuarial bodies:
  • Actuaries Institute Australia
  • Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), USA
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), UK
  • Society of Actuaries (SOA), USA
  • Appropriate professional actuarial qualification other than the above and practical experience as approved by the ASHK Council
(3) Obtain pass grades on the Core paper AND one of the three Elective papers, i.e. Life Insurance, General Insurance and Pension.

Eligible audience
  • Members of the ASHK who would like to gain knowledge and practical appreciation in Hong Kong’s actuarial regulatory environment, business practice, professional conduct code, and actuarial guidance notes relevant in practice areas of life insurance, pension, general insurance and investment are welcomed to take the examinations.
  • There are no exemptions for the examinations for members joining after 1 January 2019.  It is encouraged that candidates take the examinations early on to demonstrate sufficient understanding in local landscapes which will help candidates to discharge their actuarial professional responsibilities.

Phase & timeline
  • Examinations are held every May and November every year.
  • Core paper and Elective papers will be offered each sitting.
  • Core paper will be made available starting from May 2019.  Registration opens January 2019.
  • The Elective papers will be rolled out in two phases.
  • Phase I: Life Insurance and Pension Elective papers will be made available starting from May 2019. Registration opens January 2019.  Registration for November sittings opens in July.
  • Phase II: General Insurance Elective paper is targeted to be made available starting from May 2020.

Examination structure
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Format: 60 multiple-choice questions

Examination documents
Please note that the ASHK is consolidating regulators' and members' feedback on the examinations.  The finalised examination structure and materials (including syllabus, study guides and sample examination questions) will be announced in December 2018.

We welcome comments on these materials.  If you are interested in volunteering to assist the ASHK in preparing the examinations, please email us at

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(Note: The final submission deadline for Fellowship applications (eligible for grandfathering arrangement) is 31 December 2018. The submissions must be in good order (including a complete application form and all applicable supporting documents).  The Council will endorse the applications retrospectively at the January 2019 Council meeting.
For members who will take Fellowship course/examination of the overseas recognised actuarial bodies in December 2018, they can submit a request (together with the supporting documents) for an extension of the grandfathering arrangement to the ASHK Office by 31 January 2019.  Such requests will be considered by the Council on a case-by-case basis.
We would appreciate it if members can upgrade or renew their Fellowship status well before the deadline.)
(Note: The ASHK membership renewal subscriptions for 2018/2019 are due.  Go to Login Area to renew by 31 December 2018.)
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