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A PRIMER ON PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

 

THE CPE COUNCILS FOR SOCIAL WORK

What is the legal base of CPE council for Social Work?

In May 6, 2008, PRC called for the seminar-workshop on Continuing Professional Education or CPE. It was attended by members of the Board from the different disciplines and presidents or representatives of the Accredited Professional Organizations or APO. PRC resolutions no. 2004-179, series of 2004 and nos. 2006-321 and 2006-341 series of 2006 were reviewed. The recommendation at the end of the workshop was to make CPE mandatory through PR resolutions for 2008.

 

Who compose the CPE Councils for Social Work?

There are two CPE councils created for the purpose of implementing the CPE program: 1) the PRC-CPE Council and 2) the PASWI-CPE Council.

 

What are the functions of the PRC-CPE Councils?

1. Evaluate and approve applications for accreditation of CPE provides;

2. Evaluate and approve applications for accreditation of CPE programs, activities or sources as to their relevance to the profession and determine the number of CPE credit units to be earned on the basis of the contents of the program, activity or source as submitted by the CPE provider;

3. Evaluate and approve applications for exemption from CPE requirements;

4. Monitor periodically the implementation of programs, activities or sources;

5. Assess periodically and upgrade the criteria for accreditation of CPE providers and CPE programs, activities or sources; and

6. Perform such other related functions that they may be incidental to the implementation of the CPE programs or policies for Social Work.

 

What are the functions of the PASWI-CPE Council?

The PASWI CPE Council shall exercise functions, which shall include, but not limited to the following:

a. To assist the Social Workers in maintaining their professional knowledge and competence by helping them identify their professional development needs;

b. To set the standards for CPE program development to address the professional development needs of Social Workers;

c. To ensure proper dissemination of the necessity of CPE to the Social Work profession as well as updates on the various CPE activities;

d. To oversee the program development of the different accredited CPE providers;

e. To make the council members available as resource person in various CPE programs;

f. To serve as the processing arm of the PRC CPE Council specifically on the following tasks:

1. Accept and process applications for accreditation of CPE providers;

2. Accept and process applications for accreditation of CPE programs, activities or sources as to their relevance to the profession and det6ermine the number of CPE credit units to be earned on the basis of the contents of the program, activity or source as submitted by the CPE provider;

3. Accept and process applications for exemption from CPE requirements;

4. Coordinate with the PRC CPE Council in monitoring the implementation of programs, activities or source;

5. Coordinate with the PRC CPE Council in assessing and upgrading the criteria for accreditation of CPE providers and CPE programs, activities or source;

6. Maintain a record of CPE credits earned by each participant and issue a certification thereof upon request by the participants.

 

Who handles the processing of accreditation applications and certificates of CPE credit units earned?

The PASWI CPE Council Secretariat shall handle the acceptance of CPE Provider and Program Applications as well as the release of CPE Certifications.

 

What are the specific duties and functions of the PASWI CPE Council Secretariat?

The duties and functions of the PASWI CPE Council Secretariat are:

1. To receive and submit to the PASWI CPE Council application for accreditation of CPE providers and CPE programs, activities or sources;

2. To release Certificates of Accreditation to CPE providers and programs, activities or sources;

3. To release CPE Certifications of credits units earned to professionals;

4. To keep all the records and other documents relative to the accreditation of CPE programs, activities or sources; and

5. To maintain records of accredited CPE providers, ongoing, continuing or completed CPE programs, activities, or sources, the list of participants and other relevant data.

 

CPE PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES OR SOURCES

How can a Social Worker accumulate or earn CPE credit units?

The following is the Matrix of CPE programs, activities and sources which a Social Worker can participate in or undertake in order to earn CPE credit units.

PROGRAMS

CREDIT UNITS

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

1. SEMINARS/CONVENTIONS

1.1 Participant

1 cu per hour

Certificate of Attendance with number of hours, seminar program and certified list of participants.

1.2 Resource Speaker

5 cu per hour

Photocopy of Plaque Certification and Copy of Program

1.3 Panelist/Reactor

3 cu per hour

Certification from sponsoring organization and copy of program

1.4 Facilitator/Moderator

2 cu per hour

Certification from sponsoring organization and copy of program

2. ACADEMIC PREPARATION (Residential and Distance Mode )

2.1 Master's Degree

1 cu per academic unit

30 cu additional upon earning the degree

University certification/Diploma/ Transcript of Records

2.2 Doctoral Degree

2 cu per academic unit

45 cu additional upon earning the degree

University certification/Diploma/

Transcript of Records

3. SELF-DIRECTED LEAARNING PACKAGE

3.1 Distance Learning Module

10 cu per complete set of module

Copy of duly accomplished module and evaluation

3.2 Technicien Papier/Professional Journal Article

1 cu per professional/ technical article

Copy of duly accomplished article and evaluation

4. AUTHORSHIP

4.1. Research/ Innovative programs/creative projects

10 credit units

Duly certified/published technical report/paper

4.2 Book/Monograph

Single author

2 authors

3 or more authors

25-50 pp/51-100pp/over100

20 cu 30 cu 40 cu

10 cu 20 cu 30 cu

5 cu 10 cu 20 cu

Published book with proof of copyright

4.3 Editor

½ of the cu of Authors category

Published book with proof of copyright

4.4 Article

Single Author

2 authors

3 or more authors

1-3pp/ 4-6pp/ over 6 pp

4 cu 6 cu 8 cu

3 cu 4 cu 5 cu

2 cu 3 cu 4 cu

Proof of publication of article

4.5 Professional Journal Editor

5 cu per article

Copy of published journal

4.6 Peer reviewer

2 cu per article

Copy of published article

5. INVENTIONS

10-30 credit units per invention

Certified copy of patent certificate

6. POST GRADUATE/IN-SERVICE TRAINING

.25 cu per hour (max of 40 cu/training)

Certificate of Training and Training Description

7. STUDY OBSERVATION TOUR

2 cu per day (max of 30 cu per tour)

Certification from Sponsoring Institution

8. PROFESSORIAL CHAIR

10 cu per chair/year

Certification of Grant or Appointment Paper

9. SUCH OTHER ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS, SOURCES TO BE RECOMMENDED BY THE COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION, such as: Meeting of standard-setting bodies for Social Work Profession/ researcher/ discussant/ participant



5 cu per presentation

2 cu per meeting attendance



Minutes of meeting: certification from council secretary

 

How many CPE credit units earned are required for renewal or professional identification card?

Fifty (50) CPE credit units are required to be earned every year equivalent to 150 credit units for three (3) years in renewing the Social Work Professional identification Card.

 

How is the Certificate of Credit Units Earned obtained?

The Certificate of Units Earned (CUE) can be obtained from the PASWI CPE Council secretariat at PASWI Office located at Rm 210 PSSC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

 

Who are exempted from the CPE requirement?

A registered professional who is working or practicing his/her profession or furthering his/her studies abroad shall be temporarily exempted from compliance with CPE requirement during the period of his/her stay abroad, provided that he/she has been out of the country for at least two years immediately prior to the date of renewal.

 

ACCREDITATION CRITERIA AND PROCEDURE

 

What are the criteria for accreditation of providers, programs, activities or sources?

In order to merit accreditation, the following criteria shall be complied with:

A. For CPE Provider

1. Must be a duly registered organization, firm, institution or agency, or a professional of good standing and has never been convicted of a crime;

2. Shall have an established mechanism and updated instructional materials to carry out the CPE programs and activities.

3. Must have adequate, modern and updated instructional materials to carry out the CPE programs and activities;

4. Shall have instructions, lecturers, trainors and resource speakers with good moral character, technical competence, facilitation skills and are holders of current licenses.

B. For CPE programs, activities or sources

1. The scope shall be beyond the basic preparation for admission to the practice of the profession. The contents shall be relevant/related, but not limited, to the practice of the profession.

2. The programs, activities or sources shall enhance the competence of the professional by upgrading and updating knowledge and skills for the practice of the profession as brought about by modernization and scientific and technical advancements in the profession.


What are the procedures for accreditation or provider, program, activity of source?

A. For CPE Provider

In case of natural persons;

1. Any person seeking to offer an organized or arranged program, activity or source shall accomplish and submit to the PASWI CPE Council an application form through the CPE Council Secretariat.

2. An application shall include, but shall not be limited to the following information:

· Full name, address and telephone number of the applicant-provider;

· Bio-data indicating his/her relevant educational background and the PRC License Number with expiry date;

· Principal area of professional work and number of years in the practice of profession;

· Plans for CPE programs or activities for the year/s applied;

· Mechanism for Measuring Quality of CPE Programs/Activities;

o Criteria for Selection of Resource Persons

o Program Evaluation Procedure and Evaluation Forms

· Proof/History of past CPE activities or programs conducted/arranged (starting with the immediate past year).

3. Applicant-provider shall submit a valid NBI clearance.

In case of juridical entity:

1. Any agency, organization, institution, association or similar juridical entity seeking to offer an organized program, activity or source shall accomplish and submit to the PASWI CPE Council an application form.

2. An application shall include, but shall not be limited to the following information and documents:

· Full name, address and telephone/fax numbers/e-mail address of the entity;

· Securities and Exchange Commission original registration papers;

· List of officers with corresponding bio-data indicating their PRC License Numbers and expiry date;

· Plans for CPE programs or activities for the year/s applied;

· Mechanism for Measuring Quality of CPE Programs/Activities;

Þ Criteria for Selection of Resource Persons

Þ Program Evaluation Procedure and Evaluation Forms

· Proof/History of past CPE activities or programs conducted/arranged (starting with the immediate part year).


B. For CPE Program, Activity or Source

1. A CPE provider seeking accreditation of an organized or arranged CPE program, activity or source shall submit said program, activity or source (in triplicate) to the PASWI CPE Council for processing and subsequent evaluation and approval of the PRC CPE Council. The program, activity or source shall cover a period not to exceed three (3) years.

2. The application for accreditation of a CPE program, activity or source shall include the following information and documents: (the application must submit in four (4) copies in a folder)

a. Title/s of program/s, activity/ies or source/s;

b. Name of CPE provider, address, phone, fax number, email;

c. Date and venue of the administration of the program;

d. Objectives;

e. Targeted audience or participants;

f. Contents and number of hours;

g. Resource speakers, lecturers, discussion leaders, panelists, reactors, moderators, and facilitators, including their qualifications and current PRC licenses;

h. Actual program and schedule;

i. Seminar, convention or program fee to be collected (The CPE provider shall assess each participants plus a CPE processing fee as part of the seminar or program fee. Such amount is to be remitted to PASWI CPE Council upon submission of the post accreditation requirements);

j. Evaluation procedure and evaluation tools such as;

- Evaluation of seminar by participants.

- Evaluation of participants by CPE providers/tests.

- Other methods of evaluation.

3. If the PRC CPE Council finds the CPE program, activity or source to be relevant to the profession and to be in accordance with these guidelines, they shall issue a certificate of accreditation within thirty (30) days from receipt of the application from PASWI CPE Council.


C. Post-Accreditation Requirements

Upon the completion of an accredited CPE program, activity or source, the CPE provider shall submit a report and remit the processing fee per participants per program to the PASWI CPE Council within 15 days from the last day of the offering. The report shall include, but shall not be limited to the following information:

a. Name of CPE provider;

b. Name or description of CPE program, activity or source.

c. Accreditation number and expiry date of accreditation.

d. Certified list of participants indicating names, signatures and PRC professional license numbers and expiry dates, resource speakers, lecturers, discussion leaders, panelists, moderators or facilitators who took part or participated in the CPE program, activity or source.

e. Date and time of start and completion of the holding of the CPE programs, activity or source.

f. Venue/Location of the holding of the program.

g. Summary of evaluation results of participants.

h. Name of PRC CPE Council and/or PASWI CPE Council representative who monitored the CPE program, activity or source.


Can the accreditation of a CPE Provider be withdrawn?

Accreditation shall be withdrawn from the CPE Provider who?

1. Is found not to comply with the implementing rules and regulations for CPE, or

2. Has committed substantial deviation from the approved program, or

3. Has submitted false reports, or

4. Has committed such other acts that the PRC CPE Council finds to be in violation of the intent of the program.


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