Teachers’ Eligibility to Teach Physical Education (PE)


Professional Qualifications[1]

1.             Schools should only appoint teachers who have completed subject-training in PE to teach PE.

2.             PE teachers must possess relevant qualifications when teaching activities of relatively high risks, such as swimming, trampolining and sport climbing.


Subject-training in PE

Generally, a teacher who has completed subject-training in PE refers to he/she has completed training in related education programmes at tertiary level locally or overseas covering the following course contents:


A.    Education Theory

B.     PE

                       (1)                Theory

                       (2)                Practical

                                            i.                At least 160 contact hours in skill proficiency and teaching method of at least[2] 8 physical activities selected from 4 different areas recommended by the Curriculum Development Council; and

                                          ii.                Those who wish to teach PE in primary schools should also take “Fundamental Movement” related module(s).

                       (3)                Supervised teaching practice in PE



In handling the appointment[3] of PE teachers, schools may consult respective District School Development Section by providing the applicant’s academic results and transcripts if in doubt.


For general enquiries, please contact us by one of the following ways:


Email Address 



Mailing Address

Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Physical Education)



Physical Education Section, Education Bureau



3/F, 323 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong


Office Telephone

(852) 2110 3147



(852) 2761 4291



[1] Safety Guidelines on Physical Education Key Learning Area for Hong Kong School (Ch. I (1)) https://www.edb.gov.hk/en/pe/safety

[2] For details about the areas and types of activities, please refer to para. 3.3.3 (p. 60) of the "Physical Education Key Learning Area Curriculum Guide (Primary 1 - Secondary 6) (2017) at https://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/curriculum-development/kla/pe/curriculum-doc/PEKLACG_e.pdf

[3] School Administration Guide (2020/21) school year (para.1, 7.2.1 of Chapter 7, page 172) https://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/sch-admin/regulations/sch-admin-guide/SAG_E.pdf