How to earn CPD units during COVID-19 crisis; acceptance of Undertaking extended

MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Tuesday reiterates ways of learning that can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency.
How to earn CPD units during COVID-19 crisis

Under the CPD Act of 2016, CPD is hereby made as a mandatory requirement in the renewal of the Professional Identification Cards (PICs) of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the PRC.

READ: New IRR for CPD Law signed and official, effective by March 1, 2019

PRC through Resolution No. 1240 acknowledged the fact that professionals are constrained from attending CPD programs and learning activities that entail mass gathering due to the imposition of social distancing during this time of pandemic.

"CPD Providers cancelled the scheduled offerings of their programs, including conventions, conferences and other forms of mass gatherings, which are significant means of CPD compliance by professionals and which may not be available during the COVID-19 crisis," the Resolution reads.

PRC said other other ways of CPD compliance includes self-directed learning activities, informal and professional work experience, and online training activities that may also be availed of by professionals.

1. Informal Learning (Commission Resolution No. 1208 s.2019)

Informal Learning refers to learning that occurs in daily life and which can contribute to a qualification. Examples are:
  • Reading of books, magazine, journals, and the like that will develop leadership, management, and other skills;
  • 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;
  • Learning how to prepare gluten free meals and baked products; and
  • Learning how to do urban gardening for home consumption of organic vegetables and fruits.

2. Professional Work Experience (Commission Resolution No. 1208, s.2019)

Professional Work Experience refers to practice at work place that is directly related to profession.Examples are:
  • Reading of books, magazine, journals, and the like on how to improve knowledge and skills in the field of professional practice;
  • Learning how to fashion wheelchairs for pediatric patients with special needs; 3) Learning how to design homes for the elderly population;
  • Learning how to design modules for online teaching;
  • Learning ways of collecting and disseminating information to faculty and students who are studying by distance education; and
  • Providing professional consultancy services to clients.

3. Self-Directed Learning (Commission Resolution No. 1197, s.2019)

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

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4. 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).

Here's the full copy of Resolution:

Meanwhile, PRC announced the extension of acceptance of Undertaking until December 31, 2021. This is to enable the professionals to apply for the renewal of their Professional Identification Card (PIC) even without or incomplete CPD units.

READ: CPD Law’s Undertaking with the new IRR: Clarifications, exemptions and required units

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