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

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: Check out the latest CPD Requirement and Exemtions effective March 1, 2019.

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.

31 thoughts on “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. 11 years n pong expire ang aking license..and plan to renew my license..what should i do first..

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Hi,

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

    1. Where can I acquire my CPD units in the Philippines?
      Here is the list of Accredited CPD Providers Philippines (not that this list of Accredited CPD Providers Philippines will be updated from time to time)


      Basic Critical Care Nursing Course – 34 units
      Comprehensive Neurological Assessment – 6 units
      Care of Patients of Mechanical Ventilation – 6 units
      Hemodynamics Monitoring – 5 units
      Nutrition Support of the Critically Ill Patient – 6 units
      EKG: E-Z Steps of Interpretation – 22 units
      Intensive Pearls from East to West – 16 units
      Nursing Skills Fair I – 16 units


      Postgraduate Course on BOSH for Nurses – 45 units
      First-On-Scene-Responder Course – 40 units
      1st Quarter Scientific Meeting – 40 units

      The Medical City

      Acute Myocardial Infarction Nurse Training Program – 40 units
      Specialized Acute Myocardial Infarction Nurse Training Program – 64 units
      Hemodialysis Training – 40 units
      Oncology Nurse Program – 40 units

      UP Manila National Telehealth Center
      RxBox – 18 units
      Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) – 36 units

      UP Manila College of Nursing
      Promoting a Culture of Disaster Preparedness and Core Disaster Life Support – 7 units
      Basic Course in Gerontology and Geriatric Nursing – 40 units

      Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center NSD

      Latest Technology on Wound Care Management – 6 units
      Updates on Best Practices: Control of Post-surgical, Central and Peripheral Line Infection – 7 units
      Latest Diagnostic and Screening Technology, Therapy and Nursing Management of Patients with Breast and Cervical Cancer – 8 units

      Asian Hospital and Medical Center

      End of Life Nursing Education Consortium – 8 units
      Chemotherapy Training and Guidelines for Oncology Nurses – 12 units
      Central Venous Access Device Training and Skills Accreditation – 8 units

      Philippine Nurses Association

      Emergency Trauma Care: Saving Lives – 3 units
      Caring for Stroke Survivor – 3 units
      Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Implications to Care – 2 units
      Orientation Program on Positive Practice Environment for Nurses – 3 units
      Caressing the Fight Against Breast Cancer – 3 units
      Overview of Psychiatric Nursing: Dealing with Anxious Patients – 3 units
      Acute Brain Attack – 3 units
      Understanding EKG – 3 units
      Challenges of Non-Communicable Disease: The Wellness Tree – 3 units
      Pediatric Emergency Nursing: Tracheostomy Care – 3 units
      Renal Replacement Therapies, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis – 3 units
      Nursing Informatics – 3 units
      Pain as 5th Vital Sign, Pain Assessment and Pain Management – 4 units
      Psychological First Aid – 4 units
      Good Research Practices Workshop – 20 units
      Basic Emergency and Trauma Care – 4 units

      Zeullig Family Foundation

      Barangay Health Leadership and Management Program – 26 units

      Advanced Clinical Laboratory for Skills and Health Care Solution, Inc.

      Resuscitation of the Newborn Program – 8 units

      Chong Hua Hospital – Cebu

      Vein-T Training Program – 16 units
      End of Life Nursing Education – 16 units
      Nurse Preceptorship Training Program – 16 units
      Critical Course Program – 40 units

      UERMMMCI Department of Nursing Service

      Skin Wound and Pressure Ulcer Management – 22 units

      Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines

      Insulin Injection Technique and Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose – 8 units

      Multidisciplinary Collaboration towards Quality Perioperative Nursing Care – 6 units
      OR Nursing in Robotic Surgery – 3 units
      Perioperative Nursing in Cardiovascular Surgery – 6 units

      Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc
      Maternal and Child Nursing Practice Standards in the Philippines – 2 units

      Lung Center of the Philippines
      Pulmonary Nursing Training Program (Advanced Course on Pulmonary Nursing) – 40 units

      Association of Private Duty Nurse Practitioners
      Forum on Legalities in the Workplace – 3 units
      Evidence-Based Wound Care Practices – 3 units

      Philippine Heart Center
      Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner Program – 40 units
      Critical Care Course – 40 units

      Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center
      Modern Approach on International Radiology Among Cancer Patients – 6 units

      Disability First Foundation, Inc.
      Hearts on Fire: What’s Hot? Art of Burn Care and Rehabilitation – 16 units

      Ang NARS, Inc.
      General Assembly and Advocacy Forum – 2 units

      Basic IV Therapy Training – 24 units

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. My license will expire by DEC 2018. I have registered online and scheduled transaction in January 4. Also paid in 7/11 right now. Will it require cpd units when I go in Jan 4?

  10. My license was already expired last November 14,2017.I’m currently working here in Malta.,I’m planning to go back to Philippines April 2019.In that case we only allow to stay for atleast 3 wks vacation.Is it possible to complete the cpd units and renew my license in such period of time before I come back to Malta?Thanks

  11. I am presently working as Executive Assistant in a government agency and my license as a registered nurse is my eligibility to be hired in a government based on RA 1080… Do i still need a CPD unit to renew my license on 2019?? Thanks for replying my query..

  12. May IVT certificate po ako, may credit unit po ba un kahit year 2013 pa? and nasa US po ako paano po ako makaearn ng credit unit?

  13. good day po! i am an ofw and right now i am on vacation. my prc id will expire on june 2018 and i am planning to renew now but i don’t have cpd, what i have is my 45 cme hours which i used in renewing my saudi council last sept 2017. can i still use those for renewing my prc id?…..please advise me…thanks!

  14. prc license is as good as you, passing civil service examination so you can work in any branch of the government .. what if you are already working in a gov’t facility but not as a nurse, now you’re id is expired, of course forget cpd credits … can i still renew my licence or am i force to attend seminars just for the sake of cpd credits .

  15. Hi Everyone, I just renewed my PRC ID and License last August 2017. It was expired since February 2013. What I learned was that, the training prior to your target renewal date must be within a 3-year period otherwise it will not be credited. For the number of CPD Points, last 2017 they only require 15 points until December 31, 2017. For 2018, I they would require at least 30 points and 2019 will be the full implementation of points which means you need 45 points for your to renew your PRC ID and License. Thanks.

  16. hello every i have that seminars with CPD units . How to encode those seminars for me to renew my licensed.? and how to know that i have already get the 15 units required. thanks

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