This Frequently Asked Questions section covers most of the questions you may
come across during your consideration of enrolling the Professional programmes
and membership of The Institute of Crisis and Risk Management (ICRM). You can
find our contacts, which are listed near the end of this page, if you need
What are the professional designations?
Established in 2001 by The Institute of Crisis and Risk Management, the
different professional designations' programmes, are a graduate-level, lecturing
curriculum and professional assessment program for business crisis and risk
management expert/ consultants / specialists. It sets the global standard for
professional management knowledge, skills, practices and standards across the
entire business community.
Who should enroll?
The programmes are designed for individuals and teams in all sectors with active
roles in promoting business growth and sustaining results. The diversity of
professional experience and geography in the classroom will enhance the learning
experience for all participants, whom will benefit from the opportunity to
develop working case studies about their own charters and receive feedback
utilizing the combined experience of the programme's participants.
The different professional programmes are designed for management and/or related
professionals/advisors/business consultants who wish to take business challenges
in future. Other interested professional bodies or specialists can take the
different modules or programmes not only to broaden their knowledge and skills,
but also to increase their core competencies for career education and
What is the mode of teaching?
Classes are generally held outside office hours. Please refer to ad about the
time schedule for details. Students are required to attend at least 80% of the
scheduled lessons. In addition, students are strongly advised to undertake
private study, some of which will required research on the internet.
How would I benefit?
The credential of the professional programmes will serve as a "Professional
Passport" into the business, risk and crisis management sector, and play a key
role in the process of business / management decision-making. It tells clients,
employers and colleagues that the holder of the professional designation and
certification has mastered a rigorous curriculum covering a broad range of risk
management and crisis, and business related topics and is committed to the
highest ethical standards in the profession.
What is the assessment structure?
The professional examination and assessment is generally about 3 hour in
duration. Some modules are composed of multiple-choice questions. The last
module of professional code of conduct and business ethics is compulsory for all
participants. This module will either have the essay writing and/or
multiple-choice question. Participants need to submit a practical projects
(individual/group project) for continuous assessment.. Examination results are
reported as "pass "or "fail." Candidates who fail the assessment are encouraged
to repeat the level or resit the assessment after a lapse of three months or
A. Entry Requirements
Do I need any academic qualifications to study at different programmes such
as the "CRP, CCC, CST, CPM" programme?
In general, you should have a professional diploma or college degree or possess
the professional qualification, and with 3 years of working experience in the
management position. Mature applicants beyond the age of 21, with extensive
working experience, or the application is recommended by his/her employer will
also be considered on the individual basis. If any interested applicants are
likely to benefit from the programme and to complete it successfully, they may
also apply. In general, you do not need to have any pre-requisite knowledge in
the programme. Some previous work experience is an advantage..
What are the criteria for entry?
You MUST be 21 years of age or above. Overseas applicants should note that the
course is not yet available for them. The medium of language is Cantonese. The
teaching notes are in English.
Admission to the programmes are competitive and are based on professional
achievement and organizational responsibility. Because of the interactive nature
of the programmes, the number of participants is limited. Early application is
encouraged as qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space available
basis and programmes often fill quickly. Applications received after the cutoff
date will be considered only if space remained in the class.
B. Programme Offered
What programmes are on offer?
The ICRM offers the different programme leading to the professional designation
of "Certified Risk Planner (CRP), Certified Crisis Consultant (CCC), Certified
Continuity Planner (CCP), Certified Security Trainer (CST), and Certified
Professional Mediator (CPM)". For details of the specific programme, please
contact the Institute or designated course providers directly by email.
Can I select the best preferred module of study to suit my particular needs?
No. First of all, you may study all module in the different professional
programmes. These programme offer applicants the opportunity to follow the
designed sequences of the module of studies within the framework of
"Professional Curriculum and Learning Path" of the programme. For further
information and advice, an application form requesting ICRM professional support
is available for you to download from website or by sending your request to the
Can I change my intended module of study, for example, changing from a
specific module to another module during my study in any Programme?
No. You should be aware, however, that when you change your study from one
module to another, you must pass all modules and satisfy with professional
"certification and assessment" regulations and requirements before obtaining the
professional designation such as CRP, CCC, CCP, CST, or CPM. Prior approval
should be sought before the commencement of each module.
C. Modules Selection
What modules can I study?
You are strongly encouraged to study all module after making your registration
in the specific "professional" programme. The medium of instruction is Cantonese
and/or English; and training notes will be in English. For details, please refer
to the course contents.
How long will a course last?
Each module lasts for about 3 to 6 hours for tutorial session, 6 hours for
individual/group projects, and 3 hours for assessment or examination. The
programme will be held at different intervals at different academic and /or
educational institutions. Under normal circumstances. the duration of
professional programme is about 30+ ~ 80 hours. Written notice of schedules will
be notified to the applicants accordingly.
How do I know if I am capable of studying a specific modules?
You can submit your application for study to our Institute or by sending your
request to the Institute. For other details, please refer to the admission
criteria as organized by the course providers.
How do I decide what modules to study?
If you are a new applicant, we advise you to start with a module as arranged by
the Institute/course provider, which is designed to introduce you to study and
establish good study patterns. Most of the course materials will be tailor-made
for the applicant, and set books or reading materials are recommended for
reference upon registration, if practicable.
D. Study Load
How much time will I need to spend on study?
On average, most "professional Certificate programmes'" applicants are expected
to spend, in general, between 30 to 40 teaching hours for all modules. In
diploma, the teaching hours will be about 60+ hours. Applicants are strongly
encouraged to have sufficient hours for self-study and revision.
Do I have to pass the module I have enrolled before I move on to studying
In general, No. But you should arrange your own time for self-study and achieved
the minimum "pass" result in all modules before going through the process of
professional designations and certification. You should also note that the last
module - business or professional ethics, or the designated module requires
mandatory successful completion of this module to qualify for a "professional"
E. Assessment and Certification
When will I sit for the professional assessment and certification?
You will expect to sit your "professional assessment and certification depending
on whether you are able to complete all modules, mid-term and/or final projects
then. The programme comprises time constrained written papers which are either
set and marked by the course providers, or appointed examiners and markers or by
local lecturers and fully moderated by the course providers. Timetable will be
announced during registration of each intake.
F. Study Period
How long does it take for me to get a professional designation?
For tutorial class, if you study of the programme for the maximum of six modules
within the designated period, the approximate time for you to obtain a
certificate and professional designation may be about 30+ hours, and a diploma
and professional designation may be about 60+ hours . In general, you are
expected to study between 10-15 hours for each module. The contents of the
module are comprehensive and require further reading on the training materials.
Do I have to complete the whole program?
Yes. The advantages of professional program allow you to set your own objectives
and goals. If you are not aimed at obtaining the specific designation, it is
your choice to select individual module for self-learning, training or career
G. Support Services
How will I study?
Applicants will receive packages containing specially structured and tailor-made
learning materials such as written texts, cases, worksheet, assignment questions
and other supplementary materials. If practicable, the ICRM also makes use of
other media, such as video and audio programmes, computer software, CD-ROMS,
etc. as well as other electronic components/internet resources to enrich
applicants' learning experience.
Where can I study?
Please refer to the brochure and ad of the course providers. In general, the
ICRM provides the most flexible mode of evening/day study. With the availability
of the online / integrated learning facilities in future, you may also study at
home, your place of work, public libraries or even during your business trips.
Will I meet other applicants when I study at the professional programmes?
Yes. You have opportunities to meet the fellow members of your tutorial group by
attending tutorials sessions. Some applicants get together as self-help groups
in their homes, the public library, or other convenient locations.
H. Tuition Fee
How much will a program cost?
Programme fees reflect the operating costs of the individual modules. Please
refer the details of the brochure and ad of the course providers or on our
website. The ICRM and/or the course provider reserves the right to cancel a
programme and make alterations in relation to its guest speakers, lecturers,
contents, dates, time, and venue without prior notification. Graduates needs to
pay extra fees for the certification, designation and membership.
Can I have any discount of tuition fee, if I am 65 years old?
Yes. If you are an elderly person aged 65 or above holding a Senior Citizen
Card, the ICRM will offer you a 30% or special discount on the tuition fees. For
those who have some compassionate grounds or financial difficulties, please
contact us for special consideration and arrangements.
Will the CRP designation be recognized?
ICRM has been linked up with different academic institutions or universities,
and professional assoiciations for organizing this professional programme and to
validate its own modules on a self-accreditation basis. In general, certain
modules/program may carry exemptions from the examination requirements of
professional associations or academic tertiary institutions.
For example, the professional programme of Certified Risk Planner and its
designation of CRP is widely accepted and recognized by different academic
institutions and/or professional associations in Hong Kong, and CPM in European
Association. It is considered to be a trend for individual employers and/or
organizations to recognize this designation as a guarantee of their aspiration
in pursuit of best practice business crisis and risk and other-related
management. It is also a matter of discretion for
individual employers to recognize of CRP, CCP, CCC, CST, CPM or other
professional certifications or qualifications to which this professional
designation may lead".
J. Advanced Standing
Do you count my previous qualifications when I study for a programme?
Yes. Successful completion of programme at the professional certificate level
may be counted towards your professional certification. Applicants may apply for
module exemptions based on prior learning and, where necessary, prior
experience, and professional qualification. If you possess a qualification
eligible for exemption, you are strongly advised to submit more detailed
information and document (transcript, course curriculum, and contents) to the
Institute for assessment before the commencement of the course.
K. Study Abroad
Can I study a selected modules, or other programmes in a place other than
The modules or other programmes do not limit the location where you start your
self-study and interest but for administrative purpose, you should provide us
with a Hong Kong address for correspondence. For some programme, tutorial
attendance is not compulsory. While assignments and assessment are compulsory
requirements of the programme, you may send your assignments from overseas at
your own expense. Some modules will be compulsory for all participants in person
for taking the examination. However, the mode of self study is available now but
the online examination may NOT be available now.
L. Institutional Module/Programme Transfer
Will I be able to transfer my professional modules or programme to other
academic tertiary institutions or universities abroad?
No. You are strongly advised to contact the individual institutions first for
more details if you would like to further study of higher degree abroad. The
professional designation and academic qualification will have their own
standards of recognition, certification, and accreditation.
M. Application Period
When can I start my study for the professional programmes and designations?
The application / certification period for different programmes and designations
starts at the regular intervals. Please refer to the details of schedule on the
website, or contact the course providers / us by email.
N. More Information
How can I get more information about the courses or other professional
programmes or designations?
You may contact us in person or by email to obtain the detailed information, or
other programmes / designations and related applications from the Institute or
other education Institutions or the course providers or visit our homepage at
information. You may also call our Information Centre at (852) 3521 0798 for
further information; or contact us with email at
. The Institute is open
for applicants during office hours.