Nurses need 15 CPD units for PRC ID renewal starting January 2018

CPD units for Nurses

Filipino registered nurses must have 15 units per year of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs to renew their Professional Identification Cards, according to Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

UPDATE: PRC defers implementation of CPD requirement for nurses to January 2018, with only 15 units needed.

The Commission released the Implementing Rules and Regulation of Republic Act 10912 or the CPD Act of 2016 on Wednesday, March 1.

The IRR of RA 10912 imposes the following schedule in the transitory period of CPD implementation:

  • January to June 2017 – 0
  • July to December 2017 – 30%
  • January to December 2018 – 60%
  • January 2019 onwards – 100%

Board of Nursing Member Glenda Arquiza, who chairs the CPD Council for Nurses, has previously announced that they will require 60 units instead of the minimum 45 units set by PRC.

So based on the schedule of implementation, nurses need at least 18 units July to December this year, 36 units next year 2018 and the full 60 units from January 2019 onwards.

How to earn units?

Nurses must attend Programs accredited by CPD Council which may include: Formal learning, Nonformal learning, Informal learning, Self-directed learning, Online learning activities, Professional work experience.

Conferences and conventions of Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), which is the accredited professional organization (APO) of nursing, also has corresponding CPD units.

How about those nurses working abroad?

Nurses outside the country may look for CPD programs/seminars through foreign chapters of affiliates of accredited CPD Providers. They may also attend seminars/trainings of non-accredited CPD Providers and apply for credit unit/s with their respective CPD Councils under Self-Directed and/or Lifelong Learning track.

The BON and CPD Council for Nurses have yet to release the Operational Guidelines and the list of accredited CPD providers and programs, so stay here for those updates.

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15 Replies to “Nurses need 15 CPD units for PRC ID renewal starting January 2018”

  1. my license will expire may 2018…may i renew it now before july 2017?i am an ofw and im hoping to renew my license before the cpd starts this coming july…thank you for the response

  2. My license will expire on sept 2018. I called PRC hotline regarding on my early renewal but sadly to say pede lang daw aq mag renew as early as sept 2017 pa, but cpd units are implemented na. So no choice. Maybe sept 2017 need to target to have 18units pra di ko na maabutan un 40units by year 2018 and onwards.

  3. What do you mean by Units?Is it the same as contact hours?1 unit equals 1 hour?If it means like that you are requiring more than what is required abroad…in the country where I am working they are requiring 40 hours only within 2 years.

  4. Hi,

    May I know where we can find a list of hospital or facility that offers courses and training with CPD units. thanks

  5. I live in a country where it is impossible to get CPD units. (Chuuk, Micronesia) just renewed my license and will expire Dec. 2019. Are there any online courses offered? So that I can have CPD before license expires?

  6. I’m working ofw in riyadh and my license to expire on jan 2018. I want to renew now but i dont know how, where i will start pls help me! Im not going for vacation time of my renewal. Thanks!

  7. My nursing license expired in 2014. Do I need to get some refresher course for me to be able to renew it? And I also want to ask if I need to submit an affidavit of loss since I lost the expired ID? Thanks

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