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Volume 1,
Series 2
PRC’s CPD Amendments

PRC Resolution No. 990-2016

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released its Resolution No. 990-2016 entitled, “The New Amendments to The Revised Guidelines on The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for All Registered and Licensed Professionals” last July 21, 2016. Following the 15 days after this resolution’s publication in the official gazette, is the declaration that CPAs are now required to attain the 120 CPD units every three years.

According to Sections 5 and 7(a) of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8981, (or also known as PRC Modernization Act of 2000) it mandates that the Commissioner Chairperson along with his Commissioners shall sit and act as a body to exercise their general administrative, executive and policy-making functions by enforcing the numerous regulatory policies of its national government. This is in line with the enhancement and maintenance of the professional and occupational standards, ethics and relative rules and regulations. Another is, Resolution No. 2013-774 entitled, “Revised Guidelines on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for All Registered and Licensed Professionals” which prescribes the guidelines and the CPD program implementation procedures.

Combining all of the provisions of the aforementioned R.A.s and resolutions in order to ascertain what CPD Program, is: R.A. 10912, entitled, “An Act Mandating and Strengthening the Continuing Professional Development Program for All Regulated Professions, Creating The Continuing Professional Development Council and Appropriating Funds Therefor, And for Other Related Purposes” was also lapsed into law last July 21, 2016.

Before anything else, why is there a need to strengthen the CPD program? According to Section 4 Article II of R.A. 10912, the CPD program should be strengthened because it ensures, enhances and upgrades the competencies and qualifications of the professionals while in the practice of their respective professions, it also recognizes and ensures the maintenance and development of the core competencies and also, the professionals’ contributions in uplifting all of the sectors leading to the development of the nation.

Resolution No. 990-2016 was formed since the Commission finds it imperative to amend some of the provisions of the said guidelines, by using the statutes aforementioned as basis, in order to strengthen and enhance it. After a series of the consultative meetings regarding the amendments, the Commission hereby declared that the issue is resolved and promulgated this resolution. Among the amendments are:

  1. Title – That this resolution should be known as Amendments to the Revised Guidelines on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program or Amendments to CPD Guidelines.
    • Creation and Composition of CPD Council – According to Sections 6 and 7 of R.A. no. 10912: a Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) is tasked to form a Continuing Professional Development Council which shall still be subjected to the approval of the Commission, and will later be known as the CPD Council (CPDC); it will be composed of a Chairperson and two members. The Chairperson of the CPDC is also considered to be the Chairperson or member of the PRB, since it is also the prerogative of the PRB to choose these members.
      Out of the two members, the first member shall be the president or any representative of their respective Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) or Accredited Professional Organization (APO), provided that they are authorized by the Board of Governors or Trustees. In the absence of either AIPO or APO, the PRB should submit within 10 days from the notification of the said absence: a list containing the recommended names of the three (3) licensed professionals from any scientific or national organization. After receiving the list, the PRC will designate the first member to the aforementioned position within 30 working days. On the other hand, the second member shall be the president or officer of their respective academe professionals’ organizations or chairpersons or department heads from universities offering courses requiring licensure examination. In the absence of the organization, the PRB should submit within 10 working days from the notification of the said absence: a list containing the three (3) names of the recommended academe professionals. After receiving the list, the PRC again will designate the second member to the aforementioned position within 20 working days.
    • Operational Protocol – According to Section 8, the CPDCs for each profession should be able to: ensure how adequate and appropriate the CPD program’s provisions for their respective professions, by evaluating and acting out on the applications for the CPD providers and their CPD programs accreditation - Monitoring the CPD programs’ assessment, upgrading the CPD providers and their CPD programs on a regular basis. They are also developing the mechanisms for the validation, accreditation and recognition of self-directed learning, prior/informal learning, online learning, and other learning processes through professional work experience, through conducting researches, studies and bench making for the international alignment of the CPD programs, in line with the issued operational guidelines with PRC’s approval, and lastly, performing other functions relating to or the implementation of the CPD program.
    • Qualifications for Accreditation of CPD – In order to obtain accreditation, here are the following qualifications of the Local and Foreign Providers:
      1. Local CPD Provider:
        • As an individual/sole proprietor – he/she must be a registered and licensed professional of good standing, wasn’t previously convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, must be a registered entity of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, as required by the CPD Council.
        • As a firm/partnership/corporation – it must be a duly registered partnership, corporation, institution or organization, as the Articles of Incorporation/Partnership includes the training and the professionals’ developments as its purposes, and also registered with the pertinent government bodies, like the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as required by the CPD Council.
        • As government institutions/agencies – this includes any government institution or agency which has a mandate on CPD for professionals, as required by the CPD Council.
      2. Foreign CPD Provider:
        • As a foreign entity/firm/association – it must be a duly registered entity, firm or association in the country. If not, then the CPD provider’s application status or any equivalent of that, as mandated under the Article of Incorporation / Partnership / Creation, he/she must also be an accredited CPD Provider from the country’s origin, and it is duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy / Consulate / Legation from the applicant’s country/state. It should be accompanied by an official English translation, and must include the professionals’ training and development as one of its purposes, in order to appease the requirements of the CPD Council.
    • CPD Credit Units (CU) – According to Article III Section 11 of R.A. no. 10912: In accordance with the Pathways and Equivalencies of the PQF, that all duly validated or recognized CPD credit units earned shall be accumulated and transferred.
      Any registered and licensed professional must be able to complete the required units of his/her profession every three years, which is specified under the Professional Regulatory Law or as provided by the PRB and this resolution that was issued. The excess CUs that he/she has cannot be carried over to the next three-year period. However there are exceptions for this provision, if these CUs are earned through: a) doctorate and master’s degrees or b) specialty trainings, provided it shall only be credited once during the compliance period. Also, CUs may also be earned by professionals by participating in programs emanating PRB for the development of their profession.
    • Maximum Creditable Units for Self-Directed and/or Lifelong Learning – According to Article III of the CPD Guidelines, the CPD Council shall determine the maximum creditable units for the self-directed and/or lifelong learning, as approved by the Board and the Commission through their Operational Protocol.
    • Quality Assurance Review – According to Article III and consolidated Sections 21 and 22 of the CPD Guidelines which were under the Quality Assurance Review, every CPD provider is to be monitored and an evaluation of his/her performance during the accreditation’s validity be submitted. In order of preference, here is the list of people who can act as CPD program monitors:
      1. CPDC member
      2. Any other PRB member
      3. Duly-designated APO Officers, Board Members, pertinent Committee Chairs and members from both national and local chapters as long as the APO is not the CPD program provider which would be monitored.
      4. Academe member who doesn’t participate in any CPD program.
      5. Duly-designated professionals among the staff of the relevant government or non-government organizations.
      The CPDCs shall set and approve the qualifications and to draw up a master list of the CPD monitors. As for taking part in the CPD program as a monitor, he/she shall be credited with twice the number of CUs approved for the program.
The Sections VIII (Matrix of CPD Activities) and IX (Prescribed Forms and List of Documentary Requirements) are attached as the resolution’s annex documents. Lastly, here are the prescribed fees for the accreditation of the following:
  1. Local CPD provider – P5,000
  2. Foreign CPD Provider – P8,000
  3. CPD Program per offering – P1,000
  4. Self-directed and/or Lifelong Learning per program – P500

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