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).
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.