What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)– It refers to the process of tracking and  documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical folder or portfolio documenting your development as a professional.

Why do we need continuing professional development?

The same is true for professionals with many years experience in the workplace.Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout a professional’s career.

What are the advantages of professional development?

1.  Increase Retention

2. Build confidence and credibility

3. Make succession planning easier

4. Re energize your staff

5. Improve efficiency

You can read more the benefits of CPD here.

What is the CPD Guidelines issued by PRC?

The Continuing Professional Development Program Management Committee (CPD-PMC) of the Professional Regulation Commission clarifies that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as mandatory requirement in the renewal of professional license under Section 10 of R.A. 10912, otherwise known as the CPD Law of 2016, shall be implemented after the effectivity of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. 10912 which will be in March 2017. Thereafter, the CPD Council for each regulated profession shall issue its Operational Guidelines to implement the general IRR for its profession.

However, for those professionals whose Professional Regulatory Laws require CPD credit units prior to the renewal of Professional Identification Cards (PICs), or the professional license, compliance with CPD remains mandatory.

How many CPD units is required for Nurses?
Section 19 of Section 5: CPD Credited Units

45 Credit Units – Nursing, Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Criminology, Customs Brokers, 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, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Professional Teachers, Psychology, Radiologic Technology, Real Estate Service, Respiratory Therapy, Sanitary Engineering, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine

120 Credit Units – Accountancy

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/Miluquarry Foreman, Detailman, X-Ray Technician and Real Estate Sales Person

When will this be fully implemented?
The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Management Committee of the Professional Regulation Commission announces that the CPD compliance as a requirement for the renewal of Professional Identification cards (PICs) is not due for implementation until the issuance of the CPD General Implementing Guidelines which shall take effect in March 2017.

How many CPD units do I need if I renew my license now?

You can renew your license without cpd units till DECEMBER 2017.

January-2018 – 15 units
2018 – 30 units
2019  onwards– 45 units
1 year before expiration you can renew through PRC website.

How can I earn my CPD units?

The following tasks or activities can be counted as CPD Units for renewal of PRC Card.

Attainment of higher academic qualifications such as master’s or doctorate Degrees
Professional chair appointment,
Additional specialty/sub-specialty programs,
Fellowship grants,
Post-graduate diploma;
Self-Directed Training offered by non-accredited CPD providers evaluated by CPD Councils; or other such activities recommended by CPD Councils and approved by the Board and the Commission.

Professional Track and Self Directed Training may be in the form of face to face interaction or done online. Accredited CPD Providers may be Local or Foreign.


Where can I acquire my CPD units in the Philippines?

Here the list of Hospital/Institution that are certified by Philippine Regulation Commission to provide seminars/trainings with CPD units.

What happens if I fail to comply the required CPD units?
If you did not comply, then you will not be permitted to renew your license. Practicing your profession without an updated license is punishable by law. As stated in the law, CPD is a mandatory requirement in the renewal of Professional ID Card (PIC). If a professional fail to comply with this, he/she will not be able to renew her PIC. Also, as stated in the law, RA 10912, Article 3, Section 13, “All concerned government agencies and private firms and organization employing professionals shall include the CPD as part of their human resource development plan and program”. Your employer should be able to help you comply with CPD as well. Another thing, there are a lot of ways you can earn CPD Units and it is something to be done in a span of 3 years or your next renewal.

Are OFWs or nurses working abroad exempted?
OFWs are not exempted.

OFW professionals also need to comply with the CPD units requirements. You can earn CPD units abroad provided that you have supporting documents to prove it. The CPD council for your profession will dictate the equivalency of such seminars.


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