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CPD Points

Required CPD Points To Renew PRC License

If you are a PRC license holder then read up, there is a new law requiring all regulated professions (eg. Accountants, engineers, medical professionals, teachers, and even real estate brokers) to get additional training (CPD) before renewing their license or before you can renew PRC license online.

This bill is known as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2015.


Who made the bill?

This bill was proposed by the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization chair, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and was lapsed into law by July 2016.

What is it?

The new law requires all professionals who intend to renew their license to attend the mandatory CPD programs.

According to Trillanes “CPD is the post-licensure practice of inculcating skills, knowledge and ethical values upon all professionals through various methods such as formal learning, informal learning, self-directed learning, on-line learning activities and accredited professional work experience.”

Why is it needed?

The CPD law is s the Philippines answer to the “standards in the national, regional and international labor markets” as projected necessity for the future ASEAN economic community. He also said the with CPD “we can provide our professionals with the necessary tools, not only to compete, but also to seize opportunities ASEAN integration may provide us.”

Senator Franklin Drilon also adds that with CPD our workforce will be strengthened “producing highly competent professionals, who are considered as our country’s best asset due to their leading role in national growth and prosperity.”

When is it fully implemented?

Full implementation of CDP will be in the first quarter of 2017.

What does it mean for us?

This law makes it mandatory for regulated professionals to renew their license only after taking formal or informal lessons.

What professions are affected?

The professions affected by the new law grouped according to the number of units each need to complete CPD requirement:

120 credit units:

  • Accountancy

45 credit units:

  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • Agricultural architecture
  • Geodetic engineering
  • Environmental planning
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Metallurgical engineering
  • Metallurgical engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Sanitary engineering
  • Dentistry
  • Medical technology
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetic
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiologic technology
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Naval Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Customs broker
  • Real estate service
  • Guidance and counseling
  • Librarian
  • Professional teachers
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Social work

 30 Credit Units

  • Chemical technician
  • Dental technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Medical technology technician
  • Xray technician
  • Master electrician
  • Electronics technician
  • Master plumber
  • Certified plant mechanic
  • Metallurgical plant foreman
  • Mine/mill/quarry foreman
  • Detailman
  • Real estate person

Where do we get necessary CPD trainings?

There are no specific programs yet as of writing, however, CPD may be formal or informal training, face to face or online. Some professional experience may also be accredited to you.

You may approximate your training and education to the number of units you need through the CPD Matrix (see Annex D).

According to the matrix, one of the CPD activities are seminars and conventions. Units credited vary according to role and number of hours:

  • Participant – 1credit unit (CU)/ hour
  • Facilitator – 2cu/hr
  • Panelist – 3cu/hr
  • Speaker – 4cu/hr

Aside from attending, make sure to ask and keep the invitation, program and certificate of attendance with the number of hours. For speakers, photocopy your plaque or certificate at well.

If you are enrolled, you may get more points.

  • Master’s degree – 1cu/academic unit and 30cu additional after graduation
  • Doctoral degree – 2cu/academic unit and 45cu more after graduation
  • Residency/ externship – 10cu/year (hospital)
  • Fellowship – 15cu/year

Submit a copy of the certificate and/or diploma as proof.

Self-directed learners can also apply for credit units.

  • Distance learning module – 10cu.complete module
  • Technical-paper/professional journal article – 1CU/ professional/technical article

Authors are also entitled to credit units

  • Research/ innovative program/creative projects – refereed outputs get a maximum of 20cu, 15cu max for unrefereed
  • Book/ monograph – maximum of credit units
  • Editor – 1/2cu of the authorship category
  • Article – maximum of 10 credit units
  • Professional journal editor – 5cu/issue
  • Peer reviewer – 2cu/article

Other ways to get credit:

  • Inventions – 10-30cu/invention (submit certified copy of patent)
  • Postgraduate training – 0.25cu/hr maximum of 40cu/training
  • Study/observation tour – 2cu/day, maximum of 30cu/tour
  • Professorial chair – 10cu/chair

Make sure to ask for and keep copies of certificates and other documents to prove your attendance and completion of activity.

Now that you have some idea as to what activities you can participate in and the number of points you can get, add the units you gained from the list to see if you are already eligible to apply for renewal.

You may only count those within 3 years. If you earn more than 60 units and you have a college degree, you cannot carry over the excess the next time you apply for renewal “except for units earned for doctoral and masters degrees and for other special training.”

For professional without a college degree, the maximum is 30cu, extra points cannot be credited for next renewal as well.

When you apply for renewal of a license, you would need to fill up a CPD form and submit it together with supporting documents and other regular documents submitted to PRC.

The new law may cause some initial negative reaction but since it is already fully implemented next year, there is no escaping the CPD requirements. Anyway, these requirements are to make us better professionals who can compete with others around the world.


Philippines: Rappler. 4 Aug 2015 | The Next Ping. 30 Sept 2016 | Noynoynet |  DepEd LP’s | PRC Resoluiion 2013-774 Series of 2013

60 thoughts on “Required CPD Points To Renew PRC License

      1. The PRC should consider our CPD units from the country we are working. Our time is very limited during vacations and we dont have time to get such CPD units..

  1. Question is where can we take these units if we are working abroad,considering we also have some CME completion everytime we renew license?Will this be honored?

    1. There are no specific programs yet as of writing, however, CPD may be formal or informal training, face to face or online. Some professional experience may also be accredited to you.

  2. Hmmmm… pwede bang may CPD din para sa mga elected officials?! Walanjo, wala pang pagkukunan ng units pero implemented na as law!? For sure kagulo nanaman nito sa PRC! And another avenue for lagay dito lagay dyan! Tsk tsk tsk! Intention is good but very bad execution!


  3. Si trillanes isa author nito malamang korapsyon na nmn ito.Dati ng meron ganito napatigil nga at pinagkakakitaan lang ng mga nakapwesto…Ang mamomobrelema dito ay ung mga OFW na d makaka attend sa mga seminar at convention na yan.isang buwan lang bakasyon sa pinas tapos magagamit pa ang mga araw sa pag attend ng ganito…tsk…tsk…

    1. Ung ibang mga senador sa atin na walang magawa sa buhay, makapag usod lang ng batas para me masabing contribution nila sa pina di na nag iisip kong ano magiging epekto ng mga pinapasa nilang batas sa mga tao.
      Puro sarili lang nila iniisip nila para sa susunod na halalan me pampapogi sa mga tao pag tatakbo na ng higher posisyon. Palibhasa di nila nararamdaman ang kakulangan sa pera sa dame ng mga kinukurakot nila sa kaban ng bayan.

  4. Can we sign a petition to restrain this law? Or better, do we have a way to counter this stupid law and abolish it totally? Hindi lang ofw maaapektuhan ng negative outcomes nito, lalo na kami nasa pinas, wala namang pera pantustos sa mga seminars na yan. Pano magtuturo mga teachers kung hindi nila irenew? Eh mga nurses?

    Dapat i boycott ito. Sana makahingi tayo tulong sa migrante, bayanmuna at kung anu ano pang militanteng grupo. Sana tulungan nila mga propesyonal hindi yung gusto pa nila pahukay si marcos!

      1. Mr.ofw baka may grupo na kayo. Ang ACT kasi (ung sa teachers) nagkakaisa na sila pero parang ung sa kanila lang paglalaban nila.

        Sana magtulungan tayong LAHAT. Accdg sa responses mga 90% daw ang negative ang response dito. Pero rant lang tayo ng rant.

        Lets try di ko lang alam talaga kanino ieendorse.

    1. Tama ka diyan sir,negosyo eto malamang. dapat kay trillanes at drillon ang may CPD kc parang kulang sa mga kaalaman ang mga eto…malamang marami ang di na magrerenew ng PRC kasi tulad ko isang ofw, uunahin ko pa ba yan, tsaka dko naman nagagamit PRC ko dto sa ibang bansa….

  5. Please anyone who knows how to address this to proper people in the govt. PLEASE START A PETITION pwede siguro sa .

    Im calling your attention. This will be a burden. Hindi ito k to 12, tapos na tayong mag aral lahat. Hindi porket uso sa ibang bansa gagayahin natin.

    Pinaalis na ito ni sen coseten noon. Binalik ni trillanes. Tandaan nyo panahon ito ng gobyerno ni noynoy at di kay pres du30. Baka pakinggan tayo ng bagong pangulo na ma repeal ito.

    1. We must start our petition and raise to our President Elect. putang inang Trillianes yan pahamak. imbes magkasyon dahil we have just 45 days only allow us by our company. nd na tyo makapagbakasyon fahil attend ng CPD Bwesit at gago ka baklanf Trillianes ka. mamatay kana sanay hayop ka.

      1. naghirap k n nga kakabayad ng tuition sa college, then preparation ng board exam, nung makapasa akala ko ok na un pala iexploit k n nmn ng gobyerno sa pag rerenew ng license.
        Sana marealize ng presidente ang pahirap na ito sa mga professionals. pera pera lang nmn ang layunin ng cpd na ito. wala nmn benefit s mga professionals at ni hindi nga makakaangat ng sahod. Kung sana the more n maka acquire k ng cpd the more din na aangat ang prof. fee o salary mo. Budget lang ng mga opisyales ng gobyerno aangat dito particularly ang prc.

  6. paano nalng kaming mga teachers n nasa ibang bansa na nag dh..pag gusto n nmin umuwi ng pinas at mgrenew at mag apply sa pagtuturo dagdag pasakit n nman yan sa amin..

    1. Tama po,katulad ko din n.a. midwife pero nagtatrabaho as caregiverPahirap lang ito sa karamihan ng ofw na matagal ng nasa ibang bansa pero ibang trabaho ang pinasok at hindi ang totoong profession.

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    ✔PRC License
    – ID Renewal
    – Change Status

    ✔ DFA Authentication :
    – NSO : Marriage Certificate , Birth Certificate
    – School requirements : form 137, High
    School Diploma, College Diploma, Certificates,
    Transcript of Record (TOR)
    – NBI Clearance

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  8. sana magkron ng unity for all pr d n maimplement ang cpd units dhl mgkkron n nmn ng pnibgo burden s lht ng professions.

  9. The bottom line here is MONEY. Sobrang parusa na ang PRC license renewal. Years ago ginawang mandatory ang magpamember ng professional org where you belong para makakuha ng certificate. Ngayon eto naman. Sige bayad nang bayad. Nakakahiya na kayo!

  10. this law is really so stupid and nonsense! (like its author and co-authors). actually, matagal na itong ginagawa sa aming mga EcE thru IECEP(na wala din kwenta) since 2009 pa nga yata?! .The prc i.d. is not actually the license, it’s the certificate. the i.d. is for identification purposes only. para may pang iwan sa entrance sa guard!…Isa ein ito sa gusto naming mga EE and EcE na seafarers na ngayon na maabolish!

  11. si trillianes ba may CPD din ? sa kanya lang ito dapat e.. kaming OFW araw araw naming napa praktis ang aming profession , pati ba naman kaming limitado ang araw ng bakasyon isasali pa kami imbes na sa pamilya na na namin ang araw ng bakasyon mauubos lang sa training na yan . dapat ang isanay nyo yong mga walang trabaho para matuto at makapag hanap buhay din.

  12. I think, Their is a need to consult it in the level of the president so that he could share his opinion about this matter. Every individual has own interest when implementing such law. so, I think the president know’s the interest of the majority. I think their is a need to review this implemented rules and regulations.

  13. We have a lots of internal trainings by our company, we have been issued certificates, can these be used for the CPD?

  14. We have a lot internal trainings by our company, we have been issued certificates, can these be used for the CPD?

  15. Hindi nyo ba alam na ang SEMINARS at CONVENTIONS ay isang uri ng pagkakakitaan lang ng ilang institusyon? At alam nyo bang mas matututo ka pa sa bahay nang nakaupo sa harap ng computer at mag-YouTube na lang?
    Ang CPD points ay pahirap sa mga umabot na ng 3 taon na walang regular na trabaho dahil mahihirapan na na magrenew ang isang propesyonal na pumasa sa PRC dahil wala syang pangtustos sa SEMINAR o CONVENTION?
    Sana itong si Trillanes at Drilon ay nag-isip muna na ang kanilang trabaho ay di nasasakop ng CPD points at kung meron man ay posible pa nilang doktorin! Lalo lang nilang pinahirap amg sitwasyon ng ilang unemployed professionals!

  16. Ang masaklap nito ung iba di na mgbabalak mg renew nyan. Kc dati ng hirap na maka renew kulang sa budget tapos may CPD pa ngaun. Kng maka provide kau ng libreng seminars at training saka nyo e implement yan. Mga APO lng makikinabang nyan. Ung IIEE nga di nkatulong sa profession ng Registered Master Electrician. Every 3 years ngbabayad ang mga RME ng 1,400 kng di ako ng kakamali ni isang biniposyo wlang natanggap mula sa IIEE. May training seminar sila pinakamurang registration fee 3,500 pg IIEE member ka. Put your self in our shoe do you think makaka afford kami sa mga training nyo. For me CPD is Certified Public Discrimanation.

  17. Hindi tama ito,5 days lng service leave nmin .taz ung leave nmin dto lng pla mpupunta s seminar, so ala n pla kming social life nyan. Baka maloka kmi nyan… at grbe d nmn ganun kalakihan sahod ,dto lng din pla mppunta ang sahod s seminar,..un ngang bayad s APO mabigat na.. eto p kya .n kelangan mapuno ung CPD units n 45… pls. Nmn..maawa nmn keu..

  18. Bka pwedeng pag nacomplete ang CPD na yan ay wala na kaming babayaran sa PRC for license renewal? Kikita na rin nman ang PRC sa accreditation ng seminars na ginagawa sa PINAS DI BA?

  19. buti nga ang iba 45 units lang kaming cpa ay 120 units lagi ng overtime sa work tapos seminars pa. nasan ang justice dun. eh ang sahod nmn katulad sa ibang propesyon ay di naman nalalayo. the seminars or cpd are not mandatory for everyone dahil hindi naman lahat ay kailangan yun kasi ibat iba ang status ng tao. so dapat ibasura na ang bill. yes seminars are good but it should not implemented to everyone. besides not all seminars are applicable to everyone’s work. yes you will learned after attending but soon will forget it as it is not applicable to your work. so in the end is it worthwhile or just a waste of everything. its nice to learn if it is enjoyable since today you can get lots of it thru internet and experience. i am already sick enough to always sit in a room and study. bakit nakalusot sa senado yang walang kwentang bill na yan? sana yan ang tinutugis ng mga terorista hindi yung mga kawawang civilian.

  20. OFW’s holding key positions especially in oil & gas undergo regular training as part of the company’s Individual Development Program (IDP) to ensure competency in their assigned fields. In my case, being one of the champion in establishing the training program, we have identified the mandatory and recommended courses for technical and admin employees and conduct the training respectively. I guess PRC should review the guidelines and consider giving exemption to OFW’s that falls under this category.

  21. IMHO, this is another classic example of a law that’s been
    implemented without consideration to those licensed professionals already working and living abroad- which I believe including myself are so MANY!

    Such training and post education and the like is a good
    encouragement & suggestion to all professionals but it should be an individual choice & not a mandatory law. Any professional should be free to decide on how to sharpen and hone his own skills because every training is subjective & beneficial only to his current field of work & personal budget.

    We are not kids anymore-any professionals know that if he doesn’t perform his job well- risk is high, loosing clients, loosing business opportunities, facing lawsuit, going to jail, and list goes on- all those risks are already there and those are sufficient reason to push us all to improve in our skills and
    excel in our field.

    I am an Architect, living abroad (Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong) for more than a decade now with my family.
    The only time I can renew my license is when I have a holiday in Philippines, every 2 or 3 years. I just have to pay any penalty when I lapsed the expiry date- that’s how simple it was. Though I am not actively practicing it anymore since I am already working stable in a similar field and country, but at least I was able to renew it. Wala akong panis na ID sa wallet ko. Everything is kept renewed whenever I have the chance.

    Now, my license has expired (7 months) and I can’t renew it
    quickly anymore because of this CDP prerequisites- can you imagine how pain in the ass it was? Pahirap sa citizen.

    Leaving your family, hometown, and main profession is already among those difficult given consequences many professionals face once you decide to live and work abroad- masakit na nga sa loob na mapadpad ka sa ibang field of industry simply because of the reality that it IS NOT EASY to find a job and earn good money today.

    Tapos, ipagkakait pa sayo yung simpleng pagkakataon na
    makapagrenew ka nung orihinal na propesyon na pinaghirapan mo kasama ang iyong magulang para makamit mo.

    I became an Architect not only because I passed the board but because I have parents that sacrificed a lot to support me from elementary to college, to review, work, and all. This title and profession means a lot to me, whether it is in my present job or in my history- it is very intimate part of my life. Circumstances lang ang naghiwalay sa akin and my beloved profession. That’s why I’m pissed off to hear about this prerequisites. If you are in Philippines practicing such- okay lang. But for those living/ working abroad should have separate provisions given their varied circumstances.

    I hope our PRC board and government officials will really review this law again and extend exemptions & considerations to those who work and live abroad.

    Thanks for reading.

  22. I’m an ofw and plano ko umuwi 2019 pa. pero yung prc license ko mag e expire 2018 . so pano yan d ako mkaka pasok sa public as a teacher kung hnd ko ma renew ang license.. sana nmn inisip muna nila ang stwasyon ng iba bago gumawa gawa ng law na parang d nmn kailangan .. jusqoooo..
    Ano po ba dapat gawin? 🙁

    1. Mag appoint po kayo ng representative mo sa pinas para siya po mag renew ng license mo. Kailangan ng rep mo ang SPA.

      Mag email po kayo sa PRC kasi sila lang talaga ang makakasagot sa iyo.

      Nasa abroad din ako at ngayong taon ma expire na ang aking lisensya (hindi ako guro). Pangalawang pagkakataon ko na ito na mag renw ng PIC pero noong una wla pang CPD.

      Ang ginagawa ko ngayon ay naghahanap ng mga online seminars / courses na ang topic ay related sa aking professional license. Sa aming profession kasi wala pang specific guidelines. Sa mga guro po ay meron po. I suggest na basahin nyo ang buod ng batas. Downloadable po ito sa PRC website (

  23. This is purely a stupidity of the part of Trillanes and Drilon they dont know how difficult to acquire such huge points considering ofw is busy with their jobs.This is purely business ripping off simply the ofw pocket

  24. I was renewing my PRC ID last year ,,and it was not yet on its deadline to have CPD but sadly, they requiring me to go to my affiliate and asking for the CPD, I am an OFW I do not have any CPD to present during that time but they are requiring me even if it is not yet on its full implementation and dead line, so sorry for me, I have not renew my ID when I went back abroad.

  25. Why are you making the lives of hard-working Filipinos and OFWs even harder as how it already is by imposing time-consuming requirements. It is very very unnecessary. Nakakapikon.

    Sana maisip nila na pampahirap ito. Very selfish ang mga nasa Government to impose this. Tutal naibubulsa na nila ang marami sa kinikita naming mga mangagawa, dagdagan pa ng mga ganitong pahirap.

    Hindi pa ba sapat yung remittance namin na kinocorrupt nyo?

    Wag iboto yung ganiyang mga opisyal. Napakamakasarili.Puro kayo pahirap. Magbanat kayo ng buto at subukan nyo mawalay sa pamilya nyo, para alam nyo. Sa kakaunti supporta na hinihingi namin sa pamamagitan ng maganda at mabilis na serbisyo, hindi nyo pa ipagkakaloob sa amin? Sobra na kayo.

  26. Good day.

    since CME’s e considered as CPD, ano ho ba ang kailngan ng PRC? origial copy ng certificate or true copy lang? kailngan pa bang idaan namin sa embassy for stamps and etc???…
    help namn.thank you

  27. they should include the Certificate of employment as a partnof the cpd point system… basta related sa professions… and to be honest work experience is already part of this devlopment(cpd)… dapat i-wnvolve d2 lahat ng company to provide cpd trainings…

  28. We need a petition dis..lahaT ng profesionalS gumagastos na nagaaral palng tpos haNgang ngaUn maging ofw or locals lahat sahod namin sa pinas parin ang punta T bagsak tpos ddagdagan pa ng ganito..BKIT KELANGAN NG CPD E NDI NAMAN PAPASOK ANG MGA PROFESSIONAL KUNGDI PALABAS NG BANSA..PINAHIHIRAPAN NEO KAMING LAHAT N PROFESIONALS !!!KAYA MAYAMAN LNG ANG YUMAYAMN SA BANSA NATIN UNG MAYAMAN LALONG YUMAYAMAN!


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