How to Earn CPD units for PRC License Renewal

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) officially released a statement as regards the full implementation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) compliance. Stated in the Republic Act No. 10912, the CPD units requirement is mandatory for all professionals prior to them being able to renew their licenses.  The true question for them now is – How can I earn CPD units?


First and foremost, what are CPD units?  This CPD actually refers to the process of instilling or impressing advanced knowledge, ethical values, and skills in a specific field of study or profession for life-long learning.  Before we go ahead to the topic of how you can earn CPD units, let me first give you the required credit units (cu) per profession every three  (3) years:

For 120 CPD units:

  • Accountancy

For 45 CPD units:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Criminology
  • Customs Brokers
  • Dentistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Geodetic Engineering
  • Geology
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Librarian
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Midwifery
  • Mining Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Professional Teachers
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Real Estate Service
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine

For 30 CPD units:

  • Chemical Technician
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Master Electrician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Master Plumbing
  • Certified Plant Mechanic
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Metalurgical Plant Foreman
  • Mine/Mill Quarry Foreman
  • Detailman
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Real Estate Sales Person

Listed above are the required number of units per profession.  Aside from this, there also were amendments to this update and some relevant were:

  • Every Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) shall create CPD Council composed of Chairperson and 2 members.
  • CPD Council accredits Local CPD Providers (Individual/Sole Proprietor, Firm/Partnership/Corporation, or Government Institutions/Agencies) and Foreign CPD Providers.
  • Registered and licensed professionals shall complete the required CPD units every three years.

Some professionals imposed a negative reaction regarding this change for they saw it as a somewhat burden that would add up to what they are doing.  Some were ecstatic for they have this mindset that they would drastically improve in their field because of the exposure and the skillset training they are going to have.

PRC has updated their website regarding this change.  They included links for the CPD, CPD Councils, Accredited Programs, etc.  This is a new update and this is somewhat of a big deal for it is a part of careers and professionalisms of Filipinos so if you notice that some links in the website are not working,

So now, how can you earn CPD units?

Posted below will be the matrix of the CPD activities where professionals can refer for them to know what the requirements are of that activity and what importance those hold.


PROGRAM / ACTIVITYCREDIT UNITS (CUs)SUPPORTING DOCUMENT
1. Professional Track (Training Offered By Accredited CPD Providers, Face To Face /Online)
1.1 PARTICIPANTAPPROVED CREDIT UNITS FOR THE PROGRAMCERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WITH NUMBER OF HOURS, SEMINAR PROGRAM AND LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
1.2 RESOURCE SPEAKER3 CU PER HOURPHOTOCOPY OF CERTIFICATE, COPY OF PAPERS AND PROGRAM INVITATION
1.3 PANELIST / REACTOR2 CU PER HOURCERTIFICATION FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATION COPY OF PROGRAM
1.4 FACILITATOR / MODERATOR1 CU PER HOURCERTIFICATION FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATION COPY OF PROGRAM
1.5 MONITORTWICE THE NUMBER OF APPROVED CREDIT UNITS FOR THE PROGRAMMONITORING REPORT, CERTIFICATE OF APPEARANCE AND THE AUTHOR ITY TO MONITOR
1.6 IN-SERVICE TRAININGMAXIMUM OF 20 CU FOR A 12- MONTH PERIOD OR A FRACTION THEREOF UPON COMPLETIONCERTIFICATE OF TRAINING & TRAINING DESCRIPTION
2. Academic Track
2.1 MASTER’S DEGREE OR EQUIVALENTFULL CREDIT UNITS FOR COMPLIANCE PERIOD UPON COMPLETION OF DEGREEUNIVERSITY CERTIFICATION / DIPLOMA AND TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS (authenticated copy)
2.2 DOCTORATE DEGREE OR EQUIVALENTFULL CREDIT UNITS FOR COMPLIANCE PERIOD UPON COMPLETION OF CANDIDACY ADDITIONAL FULL CREDIT UNITS FOR COMPLIANCE PERIOD UPON COMPLETION OF DEGREEUNIVERSITY CERTIFICATION / DIPLOMA AND TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS (authenticated copy)
2.3 PROFESSORIAL CHAIR15 CU PER YEARCERTIFICATION OF GRANT OR APPOINTMENT PAPER
2.4 RESIDENCY / EXTERNSHIP / SPECIALTY /SUB- SPECIALTY PROGRAM10 CU PER YEARHOSPITAL CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
2.5 FELLOWSHIP GRANT
2.5.1 PARTICIPANT2 CU PER GRANTCERTIFICATION FROM THE GRANTING INSTITUTION AND/OR CERTIFICATE OF FELLOWSHIP
2.5.2 RESOURCE SPEAKER4 CU PER GRANT
2.5.3 RESEARCHER5 CU PER GRANT
2.6 POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATEMAXIMUM OF 30 CU FOR AN 18-MONTH PERIOD OR A FRACTION THEREOF UPON COMPLETIONDIPLOMA/ CERTIFICATION FROM THE INSTITUTION
3. SELF-DIRECTED (TRAINING OFFERED BY NON-ACCR EDITED CPD PROVIDERS, Face to Face / Online)
3.1 PARTICIPANTCREDIT UNITS FOR THE PROGRAM AS EVALUATED BY THE CPD COUNCILCERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WITH NUMBER OF HOURS, SEMINAR PROGRAM AND LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
3.2 RESOURCE SPEAKER3 CU PER HOURPHOTOCOPY OF CERTIFICATE, COPY OF PAPERS AND PROGRAM INVITATION
3.3 PANELIST / REACTOR2 CU PER HOURCERTIFICATION FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATION COPY OF PROGRAM
3.4 FACILITATOR / MODERATOR1 CU PER HOURCERTIFICATION FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATION COPY OF PROGRAM
3.5 IN-SERVICE TRAININGMAXIMUM OF 20 CU FOR A 12- MONTH PERIOD OR A FRACTION THEREOF UPON COMPLETIONCERTIFICATE OF TRAINING & TRAINING DESCRIPTION
3.6 PROGRAM / TRAINING MODULE DEVELOPMENT10 CU PER MODULECOPY OF MODULE AND EVALUATION
3.7 TECHNICAL PAPER5 CU PER TECHNICAL PAPER FOR PUBLISHED PAPER, SEE 3.8CERTIFICATION OF COMPLETION AND APPROVAL FOR PUBLISHED PAPER, SEE 3.8
3.8 ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN A REFEREED I PEER REVIEWED PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
3.8.1 AUTHOR/SLOCAL 10 CUCOPY OF PUBLISHED ARTICLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTERNATIONAL 10 CU
FOR MULTIPLE AUTHORS, DIVIDE CU EQUALLY AMONG THEM
3.8.2 PEER REVIEWER2 CU PER ARTICLE
3.9 PAMPHLET / BOOK OR MONOGRAPH
3.9.1 AUTHOR/S20 CU FOR SINGLE AUTHOR FOR PAMPHLET (LESS THAN 100 PAGES)COPY OF PUBLISHED BOOK
40 CU FOR SINGLE AUTHOR FOR BOOK OR MONOGRAPH (MORE THAN 100 PAGES)
3.9.2 EDITORMAXIMUM OF 20 CU
3.10 ARTICLE IN MAGAZINE / NEWSPAPERMAXIMUM OF 5 CU PER ARTICLE FOR MULTIPLE AUTHORS, DIVIDE CU EQUALLY AMONG THEM.PROOF OF PUBLICATION OF ARTICLE
3.11 INVENTIONSFULL CREDIT UNITS FOR COMPLIANCE PERIODCERTIFIED COPY OF PATENT CERTIFICATE
3.12 STUDY TOURS/VISITS2 CU / DAY (MAXIMUM OF 20 CU /TOUR)CERTIFICATION FROM SPONSORING INSTITUTION
3.13 CONSULTANCY (e.g. Technical Meetings / Accreditation and other Activities as per request of an institution, etc.)1 CU PER HOURCERTIFICATE OF APPEARANCE AND INVITATION
3.14 SOCIO-CIVIC ACTIVITIES (e.g. Medical Missions, Outreach Programs, etc.)1 CU PER HOURPROJECT PROPOSAL, REPORT AND PHOTOS
3.15 RECOGNITION / TITLE (e.g. Fellows, Hall of Fame Award , Outstanding Professional, Lifetime Achievement Awardee , etc.)FULL CREDIT UNITS FOR COMPLIANCE PERIODCOPY OF CERTIFICATION FROM THE AWARDING BODY (duly notarized)
4. SUCH OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE RECOMMENDED BY THE CPD COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD AND THE COMMISSION

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