Many professionals are rejoicing over the news that the final draft of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Continuing Professional Development Law of 2016 (CPD Law) reduced the requirement to just 15 units every 3 years.
Although deemed necessary to upgrade and update professionals in their respective fields, the CPD Law has also been viewed as a huge burden among professionals.
Everyone who needed to renew their license at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) need to present proof that they have acquired the necessary CPD units. But the required CPD units vary depending on each regulated profession.
Most professions need to acquire 45 CPD units to renew their license but there are those with very high requirements, such as 120 CPD units for accountants! With professional licenses valid only for 3 years, this gives professionals just that length of time to acquire the units. But many of them soon found out that getting all those units can be very expensive!
Points that professionals can acquire in seminars and activities vary, depending on a lot of factors. Moreover, most professionals have to earn their CPD units on personal time, paying for the expenses on the seminar fee, fare, hotel and food, and other incidentals out of their own pockets.
New Updates on CPD Law
On February 4, the PRC announced that it will temporary lift the total enforcement of the CPD law for an indefinite period.
Until the new IRR is released, newly licensed professionals and OFWs are exempted from complying with the CPD requirements, under the transition period. Meanwhile, all councils were directed to reduce the requirement to just 15 CPD units.
Under the final draft of the new IRR, the following provisions are included:
- CPD is still a mandatory requirement for all licensed professionals. However, the number will be decreased to just 15 units every 3 years.
- For teachers, CPD forms will be aligned with the DepEd to lessen the burden of paperwork.
- In-house training and capacity-building activities of government agencies and corporations, including local government units and private employers shall be credited and considered as CPD compliance.
- More good news awaits professionals after it was announced that “until the PRC complies with certain pre-conditions, all seminars attended by licensed professionals should be recognized as CPD units and shall be accepted as valid for the renewal of their licenses.”
Read the final draft of the IRR for the CPD Law here:
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