My PRC Card Renewal Experience in Clark Polytechnic

I have successfully renewed my PRC Professional License/ID Card today here in OFW One Stop Processing Center at Clark Skills and Training Center (formerly Polytechnic College), Clark, Pampanga! Let me share to you how I did the renewal using this post.

The Story

I got my license as a Chemist last 2015 right after passing the board examination. PRC Professional License needs to be renewed every three (3) years, making my license as a Chemist valid until year 2018. Then, it will be due for renewal. Years ago, renewal of licenses in my filed is an easy task (not counting the long waiting lines to endure). However, a mix of good and bad news started to circulate since last year not only for Chemists but all of the professionals here in the Philippines.

Good News vs Bad News

Let’s review the good news first. The government is trying to prepare its professional workforce to be more competitive with the neighboring countries for ASEAN integration. That’s good news indeed. This integration will enable professionals here in PH to work abroad carrying the same credentials. Of course, workers coming from other ASEAN countries can also work here. But that’s not we really cared for. The bad news is that the government will start to strictly push the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for professionals.

Read my board exam experience here: Blog Comeback: Chemist Board Licensure Examination.

The CPD Law

Under CPD, each profession has corresponding credit units (CU) required prior to license renewal. These credit units need to be earned through seminars and other means before a professional can renew his/her license. My professor in Chemistry told us once that CPD already exists even in the 90s but wasn’t fully implemented in all fields. Mainly for one reason: the current state of the Philippines, including the capability of professionals to be obliged for this isn’t ready for such.

Now, since the provisions for CPD (Republic Act. 10912) already passed into a law last July 2016, many professionals including me are in “how and why” state:

How can I comply to this new rule? I’ve just started working and my salary won’t even suffice for my daily needs and other obligations. Why should this be implemented? This is just an additional burden for professionals.

Gladly, PRC somehow answered this early this year by releasing a matrix for CPD credit units requirement. Although we are all hoping that CPD shouldn’t be implemented, we need to comply to this. This is also for ourselves and not just for the government’s sake.

CPD units matrix for License Renewal from PRC website http://www.prc.gov.ph

You can read more about the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines here:  CPD_RevisedGuidelines_2016-990 |  RA-10912-CPD-Law

PRC ID Card Renewal

According to the 2016 revised CPD guidelines, most of the professions require 45 credit units. Others start at 30 and up to 120 credit units minimum for our accountants. Wew. That’s a bit steep requirement, huh. Anyway, I’m with the most of the professionals that needs to earn 45 credit units for renewal.

I am both on the “lucky” and “blessed” side since I can already renew my license one year (1 year) ahead of its expiration! Since my license/PRC ID card will expire on May 2018, I can already renew it as early as May 2017! Right after knowing this, I planned to renew my license after my birthday. I planned to do it on https://www.prc-online.com/ but later found out that I can still do it as walk-in in Clark Polytechnic. Oh, this will be the first ever that I chose to do a thing personally rather than online! Haha.

Note for other readers: OFW One Stop Processing Center currently accepts walk-in clients for renewal only. For application for board exam, you need to do it first online at https://www.prc-online.com/ and select Clark Polytechnic as branch/office.

PRC OFW One Stop Processing Center Polytechnic: PRC ID Renewal Matrix.

Renewal Requirements

For PRC ID Card Renewal, here are the requirements:

  • 1pc passport size ID picture w/ nametag (Last Name, Full Name MI format)
  • Photocopy of PRC ID (bring the original with you too)
  • Certificate of Good Standing (for select professions)
  • Renewal Fee (P450)
PRC OFW One Stop Processing Center Polytechnic: PRC ID Renewal Requirements.
PRC OFW One Stop Processing Center Polytechnic: Sample ID Picture.

One Stop Processing Center – Polytechnic Clark

I am working here in Clark, Pampanga since 2015. This is my first work since I graduated and passed the board examination. It will be 2 years now and I’m still happy with the silence and less pollution Clark has to offer. Anyway, these are just additional perks of working in the province. Oh, is Clark still considered on a “province” state? There is an airport here and most of the government offices are found in one place! Thanks a lot to the newly opened OFW One Stop Processing Center in Clark Polytechnic (One Stop Shop). By its name, this center is made to cater OFWs. However, since the center was opened, it is accepting clients even those that are employed locally. That means, I need not to go to Manila to renew my license since I can do it here, one short ride away from my work! 🙂

PRC ID Renewal in Polytechnic

After arrival in Clark Polytechnic, various government offices will welcome you. Just choose the door of the office you want then come-in and do your transaction/s. This is indeed a one stop center.

PRC OFW One Stop Processing Center – Polytechnic, Clark

At PRC, I filled-up a renewal form for Step 1, and submitted the completely filled-up form to Step 2. The officer only asked for my PRC ID then returned it. I guess it is just for validation purpose. I am happy for this since I forgot to bring a photocopy of my ID. Haha. Then, I am told to seat and wait for my name to be called. In about 20 mins, my name was called by the cashier for payment. I am a bit disappointed since instead of giving me the card in releasing section, I was given a claim stub instead. 🙁 Well, there are many people that is at the center for renewal that time. Maybe they can’t accommodate us all and give our new cards right away.

I’m back at Clark Polytechnic one week after. In a few mins after surrendering my claim stub, I am finally handed with my new and renewed PRC ID License card that is now valid until 2021! Now, I have 4 years more to comply with the 45 credit units requirement. 😀

PRC OFW One Stop Processing Center Polytechnic: PRC ID Card Releasing.

Reading this in June 2017? Easily renew your PRC ID Card now.

OFW One Stop Processing Center
Clark Polytechnic, Jose Abad Santos Ave, Clark Freeport, Clark, Pampanga

Read my board exam experience here: Blog Comeback: Chemist Board Licensure Examination.

 


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  • chito22

    hi can I also apply for Change Name at PRC Clark?