Potential Officer Programme

Application Criteria

The Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) welcomes those who are interested in community and voluntary medical services, and fulfil the following criteria to join the AMS and enrol in the Potential Officer Programme. This programme lasts for about two years (Note 1). Applicants who passed the assessments and with satisfactory overall performance will be appointed as Grade IV Officer and Senior Grade IV Officer after completing the first and second year of the programme respectively (Note 2). Applicants are required to fulfil the following criteria:-

  1. be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;
  2. be at the age of 16 to below 60, written consent from parents or guardians is required for those aged between 16 and 18;
  3. (i) obtained Level 2 or equivalent (Note 3) or above in five subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) (Note 4), or equivalent; or
    (ii) obtained Level 2 (Note 5) / Grade E or above in five subjects in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) (Note 4), or equivalent;
  4. met the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 (Note 5) or above in Chinese Language and English Language in HKDSEE or HKCEE, or equivalent; and
  5. pass the interview (Note 6), criminal record screening and medical examination.

Note 1 Depending on the number of vacancies, the AMS will occasionally organise the Potential Officer Programme

Note 2 For applicants who failed the assessments or with unsatisfactory performance, their membership may be terminated.

Note 3 “Attained” in Applied Learning subjects (subject to a maximum of two Applied Learning subjects), and Grade E in Other Language subjects in the HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the New Senior Secondary subjects in the HKDSEE.

Note 4 The subjects may include Chinese Language and English Language.

Note 5 Grade E in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in the HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.

Note 6 Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the AMS may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend selection interview.


Application Procedures

“Application of Potential Officer Programme 2024 ”

Applicants are required to send a completed application form [A.M.S. 14B (Rev.5/2024)] , together with copies of documentary proof of possession of the required academic qualifications (e.g. transcripts, certificates, etc.), to the AMS on or before 6pm on June 28, 2024 (Hong Kong time) via one of the following means. “For Application of Potential Officer Programme 2024 ” should be clearly marked on the front of the envelope/email title/fax cover sheet.

  1. mail to Auxiliary Medical Service Headquarters, 81 Princess Margaret Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon. Please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage; or
  2. e-mail to po@ams.gov.hk; or
  3. fax to 2715 0245

Submitted application forms [A.M.S. 14B (Rev.5/2024)] , copies of official transcripts and certificates which are incomplete, late, not made in the prescribed form may not be accepted.

Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications.

After receiving the application forms, the AMS will conduct preliminary vetting and inform applicants by email or by post of the arrangements of the screening procedures, including interview, criminal record screening and medical examination. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation in about six to ten weeks from the closing date for applications. This period may be longer in exceptional circumstances, e.g. when a large number of applications are received or when there are other

complications. Upon passing the interview, a criminal record screening and medical examination will be arranged. Candidates who are not invited for selection interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

The AMS will choose the most suitable applicant(s) according to their performance in the screening procedures and the number of vacancies. Selected applicant(s) will be informed of the enrolment arrangements by email or by post.

During induction training, trainees are required to pass the Occupational and Physical fitness test (including 1-minute push-up, 100-meter run or walk with first aid rucksack in 1 minute, 1-minute sit-up, 30-second Squat Thrust and 800-metre run or walk) and other assessments, e.g. first aid, Chinese-style foot drill, ambulance aid and etc.


What types of training are required?

Trainees have to attend some training and courses in the Headquarters or different training centres of the AMS on weekday evenings, weekends or public holidays, including induction training, Disaster Medical Assistant course, management course, outdoor training, etc. After completing the first year of the programme, trainees who passed the assessments and with satisfactory overall performance will be appointed as Grade IV Officer and be assigned to serve different units. Upon completion of the second year of the programme, trainees who passed the assessments and with satisfactory overall performance will be assigned as Senior Grade IV Officer.

What are their responsibilities?

(Senior) Grade IV Officers are required to assist their unit supervisors to perform the following tasks:-

Operations: Disaster relief, contingency response, resources allocation, crisis management, regular services, etc.
Training: Leadership, training planning, teaching, resources management and development, etc.
Management: Discipline, supervision, planning, teamwork, etc.
Administration: Human resources management, financial planning, duty management, etc.