For those Filipino nurses seeking to renew their Professional Regulation Commission identification card, be prepared to have 45 units of Continuing Professional Development programs.

This is due to the new requirement promulgated by PRC resolution no. 2016-990 called “Amendments to the Revised Guidelines on the Continuing Professional Development Program for All Registered and Licensed Professionals.”

According to the guidelines included, all registered and licensed professionals shall complete the required CPD units every three years.

The said law was sponsored by Senator Antonio Trillanes in the senate, but was neither signed or vetoed by former President Benigno Aquino III and lapsed into law last July 21, 2016.

PRC said it will fully implement the said requirements on the first quarter of 2017 to give time for the Board to prepare existing rules and guidelines.

UPDATE: PRC will fully Implement CPD requirements to Renew Your License in Early 2017

To earn CPD units, PRC accredited some programs in the form of Professional Track. This could be seminars, training or workshops.

There is also Academic Track such as master’s or doctorate degrees, professional chair appointment, residency, internship, specialty/sub-specialty programs, fellowship grants, and post-graduate diploma.

Self-Directed Training is offered by non-accredited CPD providers evaluated by CPD Councils; or other such activities recommended by CPD Councils and approved by the Board and the Commission.

Professional Track and Self Directed Training may be face to face interaction or online class. Accredited CPD providers may be local or foreign. – PRC /RAPPLER