Grade IV Officer (Potential Grade IV Officer Programme)

Application Criteria

Applicants may choose to enroll in the Potential Grade IV Officer Programme (Note 1). This programme lasts for about two years and applicants will be appointed as Grade IV Officer after completing the programme and passing the assessments (Note 2). Applicants are required to fulfill the following criteria:-

  1. be at the age of 16 to below 60, and written consent from parents or guardians are required for those aged between 16 and 18;
  2. be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;
  3. obtain Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) or the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), including Level 2 or equivalent or above in Chinese and English Language Subjects, or equivalent (Note 3); a university degree holder is preferable; and
  4. pass the Chinese and English written tests, an extended interview, a criminal record screening and medical examination.

Note 1 The Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) will decide whether to organise the Potential Grade IV Officer Programme according to the number of vacancies of that particular year.

Note 2 Applicants are required to serve a two-year probationary period and their membership may be terminated in case of failed assessments or unsatisfactory performance.

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. Grade C and Grade E in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 3 and Level 2 respectively in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to send a completed application form to the Auxiliary Medical Service Headquarters, 81 Princess Margaret Road, Ho Man Tin by post. The AMS will inform applicants in writing of the arrangements of the preliminary interview and Chinese and English written tests. Those who have passed the above items will receive a written notification on the extended interview, criminal record screening and medical examination.

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 in writing.

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-meter run or walk in 6 minutes) and other assessments.

What types of training are required?

Trainees have to attend some training in the Headquarters and different training centres of the AMS on weekday evenings, weekends or public holidays. Some training may be conducted outdoor, which includes a training camp. The induction training covers the organisation of the AMS, first aid, discipline, squad drill, casualty handling, Disaster Medical Assistant course, management course, etc. Trainees will be assigned to serve different units and after completing the programme and passing the assessments, be appointed as Grade IV Officer.

What are their responsibilities?

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

Operations: Disaster relief, contingency plan, resources allocation and crisis management;
Training: Leadership, training planning, course design, teaching, resources management and development;
Management: Discipline, supervision, planning and teamwork; and
Administration: Human resources management, financial planning, personnel management, documentation, compilation of payroll statistics and training schedules, etc.