PRC sets full implementation of CPD requirements in 2017
UPDATE: New CPD Law was tackled during 5th Professional Summit. Check here for some proposals on the implementation.
Republic Act 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 has lapsed into law last July 21, 2016 after it was neither vetoed or signed by former President Benigno 'PNoy' Aquino III.
Under the law, CPD unit requirement is mandatory for all professionals before they can renew their PRC licenses. The law was sponsored by Senator Antonio Trillanes III, who said that through it, "we can provide our professionals with the necessary tools, not only to compete, but also to seize the opportunities ASEAN integration may provide us."
In compliance, PRC issued new guidelines regarding the implementation of the law. PRC Resolution No. 2016-990 details the unit required for each professionals under their respective regulatory boards.
Regarding the start date of the implementation, PRC posted the following:
Manila, October 17, 2016--- In compliance with Republic Act No. 10912 entitled An Act Mandating and Strengthening the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for all Regulated Profession, Creating the Continuing Professional Development Council, and Appropriating Funds therefor, and for Other Related Purposes, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will fully implement the requirement for CPD. The implementation of the said Act will be on the first quarter of 2017. This is to give time to the Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs) in consultation with the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization / Accredited Professional Organization (AIPO/APO) and other stakeholders to promulgate the general Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which is mandated within six months from the effectivity of the said Act. Each Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) shall issue its own operational guidelines for the implementation of CPD Program.
Here's the matrix of required CPD units for each profession:
120 Credit Units: Accountancy
45 Credit Units: Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Criminology, Customs Broker, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Planning, Fisheries, Forestry, Geodetic Engineering, Geology, Guidance and Counseling, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Librarian, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technology, Medicine, Metallurgical 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
30 Credit Units: Chemical Technician, Dental Technician, Dental Hygienist, Master Electrician, Electronics Technician, Master Plumbing, Certified Plant Mechanic, Medical Laboratory Technician, Metallurgical Plant Foreman, Mine/Mill/Quarry Foreman, Detailman, X-Ray Technician, Real Estate Sales Person
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