What Nurses Need To Know About CPD Units

What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. 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.

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

Registered and licensed professionals shall complete the required units every three (3) years as specified in Annex “A” (Credited Units Required per Professional) or as specified in their Professional Regulatory Law or as provided by the PRB and the Commission that may be issued.

Any excess CUs earned shall not be carried over the next three-year period except credited units earned for doctorate and master’s degrees or specialty trainings which shall only be credited once during the compliance period.

Credit units may be earned by professionals who participate in programs that emanate from the PRB for the development of the profession.

45 Credit UnitsNursing, 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 June 2017.

January-June 2017 – 0 unit
July-December 2017 – 15 units
2018 – 30 units
2019 – 45 units
2020 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 is the list of Accredited CPD Providers Philippines (not that this list of Accredited CPD Providers Philippines will be updated from time to time)


Basic Critical Care Nursing Course – 34 units
Comprehensive Neurological Assessment – 6 units
Care of Patients of Mechanical Ventilation – 6 units
Hemodynamics Monitoring – 5 units
Nutrition Support of the Critically Ill Patient – 6 units
EKG: E-Z Steps of Interpretation – 22 units
Intensive Pearls from East to West – 16 units
Nursing Skills Fair I – 16 units


Postgraduate Course on BOSH for Nurses – 45 units
First-On-Scene-Responder Course – 40 units
1st Quarter Scientific Meeting – 40 units

The Medical City

Acute Myocardial Infarction Nurse Training Program – 40 units
Specialized Acute Myocardial Infarction Nurse Training Program – 64 units
Hemodialysis Training – 40 units
Oncology Nurse Program – 40 units

UP Manila National Telehealth Center

RxBox – 18 units
Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) – 36 units

UP Manila College of Nursing
Promoting a Culture of Disaster Preparedness and Core Disaster Life Support – 7 units
Basic Course in Gerontology and Geriatric Nursing – 40 units

Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center NSD

Latest Technology on Wound Care Management – 6 units
Updates on Best Practices: Control of Post-surgical, Central and Peripheral Line Infection – 7 units
Latest Diagnostic and Screening Technology, Therapy and Nursing Management of Patients with Breast and Cervical Cancer – 8 units

Asian Hospital and Medical Center

End of Life Nursing Education Consortium – 8 units
Chemotherapy Training and Guidelines for Oncology Nurses – 12 units
Central Venous Access Device Training and Skills Accreditation – 8 units

Philippine Nurses Association

Emergency Trauma Care: Saving Lives – 3 units
Caring for Stroke Survivor – 3 units
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Implications to Care – 2 units
Orientation Program on Positive Practice Environment for Nurses – 3 units
Caressing the Fight Against Breast Cancer – 3 units
Overview of Psychiatric Nursing: Dealing with Anxious Patients – 3 units
Acute Brain Attack – 3 units
Understanding EKG – 3 units
Challenges of Non-Communicable Disease: The Wellness Tree – 3 units
Pediatric Emergency Nursing: Tracheostomy Care – 3 units
Renal Replacement Therapies, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis – 3 units
Nursing Informatics – 3 units
Pain as 5th Vital Sign, Pain Assessment and Pain Management – 4 units
Psychological First Aid – 4 units
Good Research Practices Workshop – 20 units
Basic Emergency and Trauma Care – 4 units

Zeullig Family Foundation

Barangay Health Leadership and Management Program – 26 units

Advanced Clinical Laboratory for Skills and Health Care Solution, Inc.

Resuscitation of the Newborn Program – 8 units

Chong Hua Hospital – Cebu

Vein-T Training Program – 16 units
End of Life Nursing Education – 16 units
Nurse Preceptorship Training Program – 16 units
Critical Course Program – 40 units

UERMMMCI Department of Nursing Service

Skin Wound and Pressure Ulcer Management – 22 units

Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines

Insulin Injection Technique and Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose – 8 units


Multidisciplinary Collaboration towards Quality Perioperative Nursing Care – 6 units
OR Nursing in Robotic Surgery – 3 units
Perioperative Nursing in Cardiovascular Surgery – 6 units

Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc

Maternal and Child Nursing Practice Standards in the Philippines – 2 units

Lung Center of the Philippines

Pulmonary Nursing Training Program (Advanced Course on Pulmonary Nursing) – 40 units

Association of Private Duty Nurse Practitioners
Forum on Legalities in the Workplace – 3 units
Evidence-Based Wound Care Practices – 3 units

Philippine Heart Center

Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner Program – 40 units
Critical Care Course – 40 units

Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center

Modern Approach on International Radiology Among Cancer Patients – 6 units

Disability First Foundation, Inc.

Hearts on Fire: What’s Hot? Art of Burn Care and Rehabilitation – 16 units

Ang NARS, Inc.

General Assembly and Advocacy Forum – 2 units


Basic IV Therapy Training – 24 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.