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 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 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,
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.