Membership of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors comprises four grades, namely, Honorary Grade consisting of Honorary Fellows (Hon. FHKIS), Professional Grade consisting of Fellows (FHKIS) and Members (MHKIS), Technical Grade consisting of Technical Associates (TAHKIS) and Training Grade consisting of Probationers, Technical Trainees and Students. Members and Fellows are referred to as Corporate Members. Members of the Institute are categorized by reference to their professional practice into six divisions, namely, Building Surveying, General Practice, Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Planning and Development and Property and Facility Management. The Institute also has a Young Surveyors Group which comprises members whose ages shall not exceed 40. All Students and Probationers are also attached to the Young Surveyors Group.
Generally speaking, most members of the Institute will be admitted through the completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence Scheme (APC). A prospective member has to obtain a recognized academic qualification, join the Institute as a Probationer and commence the relevant divisional APC. As part of this, a Probationer has to complete suitable training for a minimum period of 22 to 33 months depending on divisional requirements, and to satisfy the assessments before being considered for admission to the Institute.
A surveyor holding qualifications from overseas professional surveying institutions can also apply to become a member of the Institute under reciprocal recognition agreements. At present, the Institute has reciprocal recognition agreements with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK), Australian Property Institute, New Zealand Property Institute, Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers, China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, China Engineering Cost Association, China Association of Engineering Consultants, the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors, the Building Surveyors Institute of Japan and Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
Each Fellow or Member who becomes a member of more than one Division shall be entitled to vote in each Division, but shall be eligible to represent, or hold office in only one Division at any one time. Members of more than one Division would be able to use alternative designations concurrently. Details please refer to Membership of Multiple Divisions.