Committee on Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme Chairperson's Message

Established in 2003, the Subcontractor Registration Scheme (SRS) was the first and only recognised registration scheme for subcontractors in Hong Kong. The SRS had successfully gathered a pool of experienced subcontractors with specialised skills over the past years. The establishment of the Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme (RSTCS) in 2019 marked a significant milestone for the subcontractor management mechanism of Hong Kong.

The RSTCS uplifts and underpins the experience as well as professionalism of the registered specialist trade contractors of seven designated trades (demolition, reinforcement bar fixing, erection of concrete precast component, concreting formwork, concreting, scaffolding and curtain wall) through the comprehensive listing requirements in terms of safety, management, job experience, execution and finance. The RSTCS not only optimises the opportunities on further growth and development of subcontractors, but also makes significant contributions in elevating subcontractors to venture into new dimensions of development in the days to come.

While the registered specialist trade contractors enjoy a solid recognition through the RSTCS, subcontractors of other trade divisions shall continue to be registered subcontractors according to their job experience.

The RSTCS is well received by the Government, public organisations, developers, professional institutions and trade associations. By having the passionate support from the industry stakeholders, the RSTCS represents a significant step to make available a pool of competent and responsible specialist trade contractors for the benefit of the construction industry of Hong Kong at large.

Ir CHAN Chi-chiu
Chairperson, Committee on Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme


Establishment of "Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme" (RSTCS)

The RSTCS uplifts the registration requirements of the seven designated trades in respect of safety, management, job experience, execution and finance. Registered subcontractors continue to be applicable for other civil, building, electrical and mechanical trades.
Rename as
"Subcontractor Registration
Scheme" (SRS)

The rename was to indicate the broadening of the scope and coverage of the scheme, including facilitation of start-up companies to register with the scheme and enhancement of the registration requirements.
CIC operated VSRS

The CIC took over and review the operation of the VSRS, aiming to enhance the scheme to continue improving the performance of subcontractors connected with the construction industry.
Launch of "Voluntary Subcontractor Registration Scheme" (VSRS)

Based on the recommendations arising from the "Construct for Excellence" Report of the Construction Industry Review Committee, the Provisional Construction Industry Co-ordination Board implemented VSRS to build up a pool of capable and responsible subcontractors with specialised skills and strong professional competence.

The Scheme aims to build up a pool of professional and committed trade contractors with specialised skills through recognised registration system for development of the construction industry.

Registered Companies
  • Enjoy enhanced recognition in pertinent trades by fulfilling the registration requirements and performance standard of the Scheme.
  • Strengthen incentives for the best performance through establishment of registration echelon.
  • Increase the visibility of the registered companies in tapping business opportunities by granting industry stakeholders’ access to the online Registers. 
  • Obtain the latest industry and the CIC news and updates to expand network and explore development opportunities. 

Industrial Stakeholders
  • Provide a set of common competency standards for the subcontracting, assist enterprises to improve project management and foster their manpower development.
  • Enhance overall standards of the industry and its professional image.
  • Set up a user-friendly online Registers to streamlining tendering procedures and contracts formulation for main contractors.
  • Provide an environment conducive to conducting business, to pool and nurture more talented Registered Specialist Trade Contractors and Subcontractors.
  • Increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of construction industry and seize the opportunities in Greater Bay Area development.

Job Experience

The CIC received supports from many supporting organisations since implementation of the RSTCS in April 2019. With their enthusiastic responses, the provision of engagement of Registered Specialist Trade Contractors and Registered Subcontractors were subsequently incorporated into the relevant construction projects and contracts under a number of stakeholders.

  • Development Bureau
  • Airport Authority Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Construction Association 
  • Hong Kong Housing Authority
  • Hong Kong Housing Society
  • MTR Corporation Limited
  • Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and Mechanical Contractors
  • Urban Renewal Authority
  • West Kowloon Cultural District Authority