Certified Private Wealth Professional (CPWP) Module 1 Examination

A Task Force chaired by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and comprises representatives from Private Wealth Management Association (PWMA), the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) , Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI Institute) and Treasury Markets Association (TMA) developed the Enhanced Competency Framework (ECF) for private wealth management (PWM) practitioners to ensure individuals engaged in providing services to PWM customers have an enhanced level of competency in the technical and ethics and compliance areas.

Relevant Practitioners* will be certified by the PWMA as Certified Private Wealth Professional (CPWP), when they have successfully completed the programme and examination requirements under the ECF and have the prerequisite work experience.

Under the ECF, two competency-related modules, Module 1 on Technical, Industry and Product Knowledge and Module 2 on Ethics and Compliance, are developed to set the standard for PWM practitioners. The HKSI Institute is responsible for Module 1 of the Certified Private Wealth Professional (CPWP) including both training programme and examination.

The syllabus and examination format of CPWP Module 1 was reviewed in 2019/2020. The revised CPWP Module 1 Examination for Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be launched in December 2020 and February 2021 respectively. Both papers are currently available for enrolment.

* "Relevant Practitioners” is defined as new entrants and existing PWM industry practitioners engaged by PWM institutions in customer-facing roles making personalised or customised solicitations or recommendations to customers in the provision of securities dealing and advisory service and/or portfolio management service.


There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the CPWP Module 1 Examination.

Examination Details and Fee

Examination Syllabus

Please download the Examination Syllabus.


Examination Structure and Fee

The CPWP Module 1 Examination consists of two papers: Paper 1: Financial Instruments and Paper 2: Wealth Management. All examination papers will be offered in both English and Chinese, and examination questions will be set in a multiple-choice format, which means they contain a stem and four answer choices including only one correct answer. Some of the multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are formatted as a mini case that requires candidates to apply and integrate knowledge and skills from different areas of the PWM. Candidates will be required to answer all questions in each paper.


No. of MCQs


Pass Mark

Examination Fees

Paper 1: Financial Instruments


120 mins



Paper 2: Wealth Management


160 mins



Withdrawal Policy

Candidates who wish to cancel their enrolments for (an) examination paper(s), examination mode(s) and/or examination sessions(s) may apply for withdrawal of examination. Only the examination fees less an administration fee for the CPWP Module 1 Examination are refundable.

To apply for a withdrawal, candidates should submit withdrawal applications through the HKSI Institute Online Portal, in person or by post to the HKSI Institute on or before the withdrawal application deadline (i.e., the date of receipt of the Withdrawal Application Form by the HKSI Institute).  For the latest withdrawal application deadlines, please refer to the examination timetable.

The HKSI Institute will charge a withdrawal administration fee of HK$400 per examination paper per examination mode per examination session.  For details of the Withdrawal Policy, please refer to the relevant Examination Handbook.

Study Support

The HKSI Institute has developed the Guidelines for Examination Preparation and Sample Practice Test to assist candidates who are preparing to take the CPWP Module 1 Examination.

Requirements for CPWP Certification

Candidates who have completed Papers 1 and 2 of the CPWP Module 1 Examination will also need to fulfil the following requirements before they are awarded the CPWP Certification by the PWMA:

  • Complete CPWP Module 2 Examination conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers; and
  • Currently employed by a PWMA member institution with at least 3 years of work experience performing the prescribed functions and roles of a Relevant Practitioner within a private wealth management institution in the most recent 5 years.

The result of each examination paper for both Module 1 and Module 2 is only valid for 5 years (counting from the date of the examination) for the purpose of applying for CPWP certification. For details of the requirement for CPWP Certification, please refer to the PWMA website.

The revised examination will be launched in December 2020 for Paper 1 and in February 2021 for Paper 2. After the launch of the revised CPWP Module 1 Examination, the existing examination result on or before 30 November 2020 for Paper 1 and 31 January 2021 for Paper 2 are still recognised by PWMA for the purpose of applying for CPWP certification candidates (i.e. results are valid for 5 years from the date of the examination).

CPWP holders with 3 years relevant industry experience may apply for Ordinary Membership of the HKSI Institute.