Bill requiring professionals CPD units before license renewal now a law

The Senate bill that will require all professionals to take additional formal and non-formal learning before they can renew their licenses and identification cards is now a law.

Republic Act 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 is one of 29 bills that Congress submitted to former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III that have lapsed into law last July.

The measure was sponsored by Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV as Senate Bill 2581, approved in Senate last August 2015. The House of Representatives adopted SBN-2581 as an amendment to House Bill 6423 on May 23, 2016. It lapsed into law without PNoy's signature last July 21, 2016.

Under the new law, CPD programs will be implemented in each of the regulated professions. It will be mandatory for the renewal of the Professional Identification Cards of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the Professional Regulation Commission.

Further, a CPD Council shall be created in each of the regulated professions to comprehensively monitor and supervise the efficiency and progress of the CPD programs for their respective profession.

In sponsoring the law, Trillanes sees the need on improving the competence of Filipino professionals, especially as the country gears towards ASEAN integration.

"We can do this by instituting a framework for the continuing education and skills enhancement of our professionals. Through this bill, we can provide our professionals with the necessary tools, not only to compete, but also to seize the opportunities ASEAN integration may provide us," Trillanes explained.

Here's the full text of Republic Act 10912:

On August 2, Professional Regulation Commission also amended the "Revised Guidelines on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for all Registered and Licensed Professional" which includes the required CPD units needed every three years for each profession. Read the details HERE, on a post by

Here's what the matrix listed:

120 Credit Units


45 Credit Units

Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Criminology, Customs Broker, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Planning, Fisheries, Forestry, Geodetic Engineering, Geology, Guidance and Counseling, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Librarian, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technology, Medicine, Metallurgical Engineering, Midwifery, Mining Engineering, Naval Architecture, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Professional Teachers, Psychology, Radiologic Technology, Real Estate Service, Respiratory Therapy, Sanitary Engineering, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine

30 Credit Units

Chemical Technician, Dental Technician, Dental Hygienist, Master Electrician, Electronics Technician, Master Plumbing, Certified Plant Mechanic, Medical Laboratory Technician, Metallurgical Plant Foreman, Mine/Mill/Quarry Foreman, Detailman, X-Ray Technician, Real Estate Sales Person

These credit units may be earned by professionals who participate in programs that emanate from the Professional Regulatory Boards for the development of the profession.
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  1. Sen. Trillanes should have prioritzed first the availability of work for professionals rather than prodding them to increase their competence. Where wud they get money to pursue continuous educ when they dont have a job?!

  2. Sen. Trillanes should have prioritzed first the availability of work for professionals rather than prodding them to increase their competence. Where wud they get money to pursue continuous educ when they dont have a job?!

  3. Ano na namang kalokohan at pahirap ang naisip nyo???

  4. Putang ina na ttillanes na iyan..dappat tanggalin rin iyan sa senado..

  5. What the fuck! It's not even fair for the CPA and for those who wants to pursue it in the future. If they want to increase the CPD units they must increase the salaries of them also.

  6. Why the hell did Abnoy sign this into law?

  7. Ang liit ng sahod, tpos dami pang arti ni trillanes. Saan kme kukuha pambayad sa seminars? Sayo ba trillanes?? Ha? Ha?? Sayo ba???? Puro kayo pahirap eh ha? Barilin kita sa mukha eh ha? ✌

    1. easy dude. wag mo munang tuluyan si senator, marami pa kaming gustong makibaril sa epal na yan.

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  9. How about the propessionals working abroad? Sen.Trillanes had not foreseen this question...ATtn.: PRC.....looking forward for a very kind reply...

  10. ..sana inuna nyo ung pagtaas ng sahod namin..sana gumawa kayo ng batas n dapat 20k ang minimum sahod ng mga professionals sa lhat, government and sana minimum of 10 yrs na mula nung makuha ang unang lisensya pataas ang required sa mga ganito dahil ang mga sahod namin sa mga unang taon ng aming pagtatrabaho ay napupunta lamang sa pagbabayad ng utang namin na nagamit nung kami ay nag-aaral lalo na nung ngreview..saan kami kukuha ng pambayad sa mga ganyan kung sweldo namin kulang p samin..

  11. CPD or CPE RA-10912 is a milestone for keeping in the upstream the competencies of all Filipino Professionals against the global standards, industries requirements and businesses objectives while protecting the environment. Think outside the box, be agile and strategic in approach. Free-Online training will be considered. Make training Tracker. God bless the Philippines.

  12. Gosh, mababa n nga sahod tpos ndi pa regular ung work. Oh my ! San n kukuwain ung pang trainings nian to renew ung license? :(
    Bkit ngawa pang iimplement ang gnyn kesa taasan ung mga sahod ng ibang profession :(

  13. This is not fair! the law is oppressive in nature. indeed, every professionals has the moral obligation in continuing professional development however with the current financial status of most professionals i don't think that everybody has the capacity (financial) to do this.

    Filipinos are intellectually ready but financially unprepared.hahaha! sad but true...

    I don't think this law supports the Sustainable Development Goal or the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. The goal of Agenda 2030 is that "no one should be left behind." with this new law we are leaving behind the marginalized professionals particularly the underpaid, unemployed, poor, OFW, single parents, and those who live and work in far and remote places in the Philippines who has least to no capacity to earn CPD units.

    Let us all look for a win-win solution? instead of not renewing their professional license why not create levels of proficiency for professionals? Where in those who have just passed the board exam and professionals that earns below 44 units will be on the lowest level of proficiency meaning proficiency level 1, those who earn 45-70 units will be on the level 2 proficiency and those who earn 71-100 units will be on level 3 and so on and so forth...

    wag nating brasuhin ang mga propesyunal bagkus hikayatin natin sila na pataasin ang kanilang kasanayan sa napiling propesyon.

  14. Dapat ang ipinapasang batas ay iyung Hindi magpapahirap Sa mga professional, eh iyang SI Trillanes mula pa noong sundalo Yan puro na kapalpakan Yan dapat Sana binaril na Yang hinayupaks na Yan noon Sa Oakwood mutiny bang Hindi na Yan nakaperwisyo. Ang pinakamagandang paraan na Lang Para Hindi maperwisyo ang mga professional bang walang kwentang batas na Yan ay gumawa Ng batas ang mga mapagmalasakit na mambabatas Para mapawalang visa ang walang kwenta at perwisyong batas na Yan na ginawa Ng putanginang Trillanes na Yan kung bakit pa Kasi nanalo Yan. Dapat magkaisa ang lahat na professional na magprotesta.