by Samuel Medenilla
All professionals, except teachers and nurses, are now required to present the necessary Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit points before they could renew their license.
In an online advisory, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said or the CPD Act (Republic Act 10912) officially took effect for its 42 regulated professions last Saturday.
“Professionals renewing their professional ID cards must provide the original and photocopy of certificates of credit units earned,” PRC said.
Under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of RA 10912, starting this month, professionals need to present at least 30 percent of the minimum CPD credit units required by their designated Professional Regulatory Board (PRB).
The percentage of their compliance will be raised to 60 percent next year and finally to 100 percent by 2019 onward.
Exempted from this prescribed timeline are teachers and nurses, whose CPD requirements for license renewal will only start December 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018, respectively.
Currently, the PRB for Accountancy has the highest total CPD requirements at 120 credit units, followed by the PRB for Dentistry with 60 credit units.
The remaining 42 professions each have total of 45 CPD credit units. The PRB for master plumber has the lowest, with 30 CPD credit units.