CPDAS: Requirements and Processes to Become an Accredited CPD Provider

Feliz Grace Bueno     October 17, 2022

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CPDAS: Requirements and Processes to Become an Accredited CPD Provider

Professionals licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) need to meet the required CPD points or credit units to renew their licenses. Becoming a CPD provider both promotes the country’s CPD programs and allows professionals to have more access to them. 

 

You can earn CPD points or credits through conferences, lectures, seminars, training, etc. This way, a provider can have a variety of training options to help professionals earn their CPD points for renewal. 

 

Becoming a CPD provider and being able to give credits to professionals requires getting accreditation from the Continuing Professional Development Accreditation System (CPDAS). The CPDAS handles granting accreditation to any individual, company, or entity who wishes to become CPD providers.

 

In this article, we’ll walk you through applying for CPD provider accreditation and give you a background on how you can become a CPD provider.

 

Image from CPDAS

 

CPD Providers: Basic Requirements 

 

Local and foreign entities can become CPD providers in the Philippines, provided they submit requirements specific to their category or type of entity.

 

Local CPD Providers 

 

There are three classifications of local CPD providers an individual or entity can apply for, each with specific requirements according to classification. 

 

A. INDIVIDUAL / SOLE PROPRIETOR

 

The requirements for sole proprietors or individuals who wish to become CPD providers are:

 

  • Resume 
  • Valid Professional Identification Card
  • CPDD-01-A (Application for Accreditation)
  • Company Profile
  • Instructional Design
  • Annual Plan of Proposed CPD Activities
  • Mayor’s Permit or Business Permit
  • Authenticated Copy of the DTI Certificate of Registration
  • Authenticated Copy of BIR Certificate of Registration
  • Original Copy of NBI Clearance
  • Affidavit of Undertaking 

 

Individuals/sole proprietors will also need to provide a list of their training equipment and facilities, and a list of any training activities that they have conducted. Be ready to provide details and photographs of the equipment or facilities that you have. You will submit them upon application.

 

B. FIRM / PARTNERSHIP / CORPORATION

 

If you are a firm, partnership or corporation that wish to apply as CPD providers, here are the requirements you will need: 

 

  • Company Profile
  • List of Officers with a Valid Professional Identification Card (if registered and licensed professionals) OR a Valid Government/Company-issued ID of each
  • Training Equipment and Facilities
  • Instructional Design
  • Annual Plan of Proposed CPD Activities
  • Appointment Paper from their Managing Partners allowing them to Manage CPD Activities OR a Board Resolution / Secretary Certificate of a Corporation authorizing an officer to manage CPD activities 
  • Authenticated Copy of SEC Certificate of Registration and Articles of Incorporation or Partnership and their respective Bylaws 
  • Authenticated Copy of BIR Certificate of Registration and Tax Clearance
  • Mayor’s Permit or Business Permit
  • Affidavit of Undertaking (signed by the authorized partner who will manage the company’s CPD activities)

 

Firms, partnerships or corporations, much like individuals, need to be ready to submit photos with captions and descriptions of their training equipment and facilities upon application.

 

C. GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS / AGENCIES

 

Government-related entities looking to become CPD providers will need to prepare the following requirements:

 

  • Copy of Charter or Republic Act that establishes the Agency
  • Instructional Design
  • Annual Plan of Proposed CPD Activities
  • Office Order or its equivalent from the agency head that appoints its officer to manage the entity’s CPD Program and activities 

 

Contrary to individuals and sole proprietors, government entities and agencies are not required to submit images or descriptions of training facilities and equipment that they have.

 

NOTE: Regardless of your classification, if you have a Joint Venture Agreement or Memorandum of Agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding, you will also need to submit a scanned copy of it to CPDAS. 

 

Foreign CPD Providers

 

Foreign companies or entities who wish to apply for CPD provider accreditation will need to submit: 

 

  • Company Profile
  • List of Officers with a Valid Professional Identification Card OR a Valid Government/Company-issued ID of EACH
  • Proof of Registration of the entity’s creation in their respective country/state that the Philippine Consulate or Embassy in the said country/state must duly authenticate WITH an official English translation thereof / Apostle 
  • Appointment Paper from the managing partner too manager CPD programs OR a Board Resolution/Secretary’s Certificate of a Corporation authorizing the officer to manage the CPD program
  • Training Equipment and Facilities
  • Annual Plan of Proposed CPD Activities
  • Instructional Design 
  • Details of the entity’s Philippine Representative/Counterpart  

 

Note that if the foreign entity has a Joint Venture Agreement or Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding with any local entity, the local CPD provider will need to provide CPDAS with the scanned copy of the ANNEX B-1 of their agreement. 

 

CPD Provider Application Process 

 

After completing all requirements, entities will need to course these through the official portal of the Continuing Professional Development Accreditation System. 

 

 

You will need to fill in the fields and upload the requirements – depending on your type of entity – to the website. This is much easier than going to an office to submit your requirements and paying.

 

Notes to Remember: CPDAS Application and Registration

 

Here is a quick rundown of the accreditation process, to give you an idea of what your application will go through before achieving or receiving an accreditation. 

 

  1. CPD Providers need to apply for program accreditation to the CPD Council AT LEAST 45 days before the activity.
  2. You will need to indicate the number of times or occurrences you will offer the program, as you will need this for payment.
  3. CPD Providers of a certain profession may apply for accreditation of its program/s to the CPD Council of other professions.
  4. Accreditation is valid for three (3) years, subject to renewal afterwards.
  5. Any revocation or suspension of accreditation will be subject to due process.

 

Payments and Accreditation Fees 

 

As mentioned, you will need to pay upon the submission of your application and requirements. You may choose your desired payment option which includes the PRC Cashier or online payment methods of your choice (Maya, GCash, or Credit/Debit cards).

 

The prescribed fees are:

 

  • LOCAL CPD PROVIDERS – PHP 5,000
  • FOREIGN CPD PROVIDERS – PHP 8,000
  • Accreditation Fee of a CPD PROGRAM PER OFFERING – PHP 1,000
  • Accreditation Fee PER APPLICATION OF SELF-DIRECTED OR LIFELONG LEARNING – PHP 500
  • Any fees or payments are WAIVED for GOVERNMENT PROVIDERS and GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

 

 

CPDAS Application Processing Period 

 

Expect a certain amount of time before the CPDAS accredits a CPD provider or program. You will need to submit the requirements and applications months prior to the activity. Applications for CPD providers can take up to a maximum of 60 days to process, while applications for CPD programs may take up to a maximum of 45 days. 

 

Becoming an accredited CPD Provider allows you to give CPD points to professionals for them to renew their PRC licenses. Only those providers accredited and recognized by the PRC can administer training with CPD points. 

 

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