PRC extends the acceptance of undertaking for the renewal of the PICs until Dec 31, 2021

May 18, 2020 | By: UAP Keeping You Posted, PRC

Due to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) through its Resolution No. 1240, series 2020 extends the acceptance of Undertaking for the renewal of the Professional Identification Card until December 31, 2021.

It may be recalled that to ease the renewal of PICs, the Commission during the initial implementation of the CPD Act of 2016 started to accept the Undertaking of professionals who failed to comply with the CPD requirement for the renewal of their PICs “to submit the balance of xxx CPD credit units in addition to the xxx required CPD units (or a total of xxx units) for the next renewal of my PIC". The acceptance of the said Undertaking is set to end on December 31, 2020. However, the acceptance of the Undertaking is extended to another year to enable professionals who face difficulties or cannot meet the required CPD credit units to apply for the renewal of their PICs.

Also, the PRC reiterated ways of learning that can earn CPD credit units particularly during the state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 crisis:

a) Informal Learning under Commission Resolution No. 1208 (s.2019) entitled "Guidelines on the Accreditation of Informal Learning and Professional Work Experience" which governs the process and procedure for earning CPD credit units.

Informal Learning refers to learning that occurs in daily life and which can contribute to a qualification. Examples are: 1) Reading of books, magazine journals, and the like that will develop leadership, management, and other skills; 2) Learning how to use cross platform Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and instant messaging using cloud-based video conferencing tool to meet with co-workers; 3) Learning how to prepare gluten free meals and baked products; and 4) Learning how to do urban gardening for home consumption of organic vegetables and fruits.

b. Professional Work Experience under Commission Resolution No. 1208 (s.2019) entitled "Guidelines on the Accreditation of Informal Learning and Professional Work Experience" which governs the process and procedure for earning CPD credit units.

Professional Work Experience refers to any participation that a professional gains while working in a specific field and work place. Examples are: 1) Reading of books, magazine, journals, and the like on how to improve knowledge and skills in the field of professional practice; 2) Learning how to fashion wheelchairs for pediatric patients with special needs; 3) Learning how to design homes for the elderly population; 4) Learning how to design modules for online teaching; 5) Learning ways of collecting and disseminating information to faculty and students who are studying by distance education; and 6) Providing professional consultancy services to clients.

c. Self-Directed Learning under Commission Resolution No. 1197 (s.2019) entitled "Guidelines on Self-Directed Learning Creditable Activities" which governs the process and procedure for earning CPD credit units. Self-Directed Learning Activities are the learning activities such as online training, local/international seminar/non-degree courses, institution / company-sponsored training programs, and the like, which did not undergo CPD accreditation but may be awarded CPD units by the respective CPD Council. These activities are driven by one's need and motivation to learn either through a professional activity or volunteer engagement.


i. Professional Activity refers to activity which promotes and facilitates enhancement of knowledge, skills and values as a professional.

ii. Volunteer Engagement refers to activity done under the ambit of social responsibility, which may or may not directly involve the practice of profession, but may help in the development of the professional in the social milieu.

Professionals shall apply the said activities for accreditation in order to earn CPD credit units. Their applications shall be subjected to evaluation by the concerned CPD Council within fifteen (15) working days from receipt thereof. The Council may request for additional supporting documents from the applicant if deemed warranted.


d) Online Learning Activities refer to structured or unstructured learning initiatives, which make use of the internet and other web-based Information and Communication Technology solutions. (Section 3(p), Article I of the CPD Act of 2016).

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