LAST week, we discussed the recent guidelines on the subject issued by PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) through Resolution No. 2013-774 series of 2013 effective August 10, 2013. The resolution adopted by the PRC is a revision of the guidelines on the Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Development which is now known as “Continuing Professional Development Program Guidelines” or the “CPD Guidelines”.
Accreditation/Re-accreditation of CPD Providers
After completing all requirements for accreditation, the applicant shall accomplish an application form for accreditation as CPD Provider and submits these to the proper PRC Office for evaluation and approval. The accreditation of a CPD Provider is valid for three (3) years, renewable for three (3) years. The renewal of accreditation shall be based on the CPD Provider’s performance of its responsibilities and obligations and compliance with the guidelines during the previous three (3)-year period.
The accreditation of any CPD Provider may be revoked or suspended by the CPDC after due notice and hearing and for good cause, including failure to conduct a CPD program within a year from the issuance of the accreditation. Upon the implementation of these Guidelines, national professional organizations which are currently accredited as CPD providers shall submit a list of duly recognized chapters and affiliates.
A CPD provider shall submit to the CPDC program/s for accreditation.
After completing all documentary requirements and complying with all required requisites, the applicant must accomplish an application form for accreditation of a CPD Program and submit these to the appropriate PRC Office for evaluation and approval. Accreditation of the CPD Program is valid for one (1) year. The CPD Provider must indicate the number of times the program will be offered to determine the fee.
Apart from actual attendance in accredited seminars in earning their CPD credit units, the professional practitioner can opt to consider two (2) other options: These are:
1. Self-Directed Learning – learning activities such as on-line trainings, local/ international seminars/non-degree courses, institution/company sponsored training programs, and the like which did not undergo CPD accreditation but may be applied for and awarded CPD units by the respective CPD Councils.
2. Lifelong Learning – all learning activities undertaken throughout life for the development of competencies and qualifications. These may include authorship of articles, books, instructional materials and the like; inventions/patents; post-graduate academic studies; specialty training; as a resource person; diploma program and professional chair.
Registered and licensed professionals shall complete the required credit units every three (3) years as specified in the “Credit Units required per Profession.” For real estate service practitioners, they are required to complete forty-five (45) credit units. Any excess CUs (credit units) earned shall not be carried over to the next three-year period except credit units earned for doctoral and master’s degree or specialty trainings which shall only be credited once during the compliance period. One lecture/workshop hour of a CPD Program shall be equivalent to one (1) CU.
Monitoring of CPD Providers/Programs
Every CPD Provider shall be monitored periodically during the validity of its accreditation and CPD Program shall likewise be monitored to ensure compliance with the Guidelines. For this purpose, the following shall act as CPD Program monitors in the order of preference indicated hereunder:
1. CPD Council member;
2. Any other member of the PRB (Professional Regulatory Board);
3. Duly-designated APO Officers, Board Members and pertinent Committee Chairs from national and local chapters where the APO is not the provider of the program to be monitored;
4. Member of the academe who is not a participant in the CPD Program; and
5. Duly-designated staff of relevant governmental or non-governmental organization.
The CPD Councils shall set the qualifications for CPD monitors and draw up a list of such CPD monitors. It shall also approve a monitoring tool for CPD Programs. A CPD monitor shall be credited with twice the number of CUs approved for a CPD program for which he/she acted as monitor.
In the interest of every profession and for the benefit of the practitioners, we urge the involved professional organizations, especially our real estate board (Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Service – PRBRES) and real estate AIPO – the Philippine Institute of Real Estate Service Practitioners, Inc. (PhilRES), to take cognizance of the PRC resolution and organize its CPD Council and other functions soon. (For comments, suggestions, questions, updates and other queries, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)