PRC: OFW nurses may submit CPD programs from abroad

Good news to all Filipino nurses working abroad! Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) posted that the seminars and trainings attended by OFW nurses in foreign country may be accredited as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs needed for renewal of their Professional Identification Card (PIC).

PRC recently issued Resolution No. 21 that sets the Operating Guidelines for the implementation of CPD Act of 2016 for nursing. It requires that nurses renewing their PIC must have complied with required CPD units starting January 2018.

They will have to submit certificates that they have attended CPD programs and activities with units approved by PRC. The accredited programs include in-service trainings, specialization, and other activities under the Self-Directed and/or Lifelong Learning track.

For January to December 2018, nurses must have 15 CPD units. It will be 45 units starting January 2019 onwards.

For OFW nurses, the operating guidelines state that CPD Programs attended by the OFWs in their countries of employment may be submitted in support of their application for renewal. They just need to submit their current Contract with the foreign employer and the Certificate of CPD program they attended.

Maximum credit units for foreign CPD/CME program is up to 20 per year, which is more than the 15 required. It will be applied under the Self-Directed and/or Lifelong Learning track which costs P1,000 per application.

Hardz Navarro, one of the Filipino nurses in UAE, recently clarified the same matter through PRC Facebook page and the admin confirmed that those certificates from foreign programs “will be recognized as CPD.”

“So no need for us to do anything on these certificates, we will just directly bring these documents to PRC upon renewal?,” he inquired further.

PRC answered that the “Certificates will be accepted upon evaluation of the Standards and Inspection Division (SID). If there will be additional things to do, they will give instructions.”

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For the steps in PRC renewal of license with CPD requirement, you may check the post at HERE.

Here’s the copy of the recently released PRC Operational Guidelines for CPD Implementation in Nursing:

It is really a welcome development that they will accept CPD/CME programs from foreign sources, but take note that you will have to apply for its approval which will incur additional expenses.

What do you think of this new development regarding CPD requirement for nurses? Let us know your thoughts through comment section below. Also, please share to all OFW nurses.

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2 thoughts on “PRC: OFW nurses may submit CPD programs from abroad

  • December 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

    How about nurses studying nursing abroad, is it considered as lifelong learning? I think it is still continuing professional development.

  • March 26, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Hi, as a professional, CPD is a very good initiative by PRC and the government as whole. I believe it is a great responsibility for every professional to be always learning and developing their skills whether it is a requirement for renewal or not. As professionals, it is our duty to provide the best services as much as we can. And we can only do this by continually improving ourselves and updating our skills through regular training.


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