CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION OF PROVIDERS, PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, OR SOURCES; EQUIVALENT CREDIT UNITS; CREDIT REQUIREMENTS; EXEMPTIONS AND OTHER MATTERS
Section 13. CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION – 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 for measuring the quality of the program being offered or administered;
3. must have adequate, modern, and updated instructional materials to carry out the CPE programs and activities;
4. shall have a pool of regular instructors, lecturers, trainors, and resource speakers with good moral character and technical competence and must be holders of current/valid professional registrations and licenses, if they are professionals regulated by the Commission.
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 librarianship.
2. The programs, activities or sources shall enhance the competence of the registered and licensed librarian by upgrading and updating knowledge and skills for the practice of librarianship as brought about by modernization as well as scientific and technical advancements in the profession.
Section 14. PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND SOURCES FOR ACCREDITATION AND EQUIVALENT CREDIT UNITS - Any provider may submit to the BFL CPE Council programs, activities, or sources to be approved and accredited for credit units (CUs). No CPE providers shall be allowed to conduct CPE programs, activities, and sources without prior approval and accreditation from the Council.
As used in these guidelines, the following terms shall mean :
1. Seminars shall refer to the gathering of professionals which shall include, among others, workshops, technical lectures or subject matter meetings, non- degree training courses and scientific meetings.
2. Conventions shall refer to a gathering of professionals which shall include, among others, conferences, symposia, fora, or assemblies for round table discussions.
3. Resource Speaker shall refer to a professional who acts as discussion leader or lecturer in a convention, seminar or any similar gathering.
4. Master’s Degree shall refer to a graduate degree in Library and Information Science, Education or related field from a recognized school, college, or university.
5. Doctoral Degree shall refer to a post-graduate degree in Library and Information Science, Education or related field from a recognized school, college, or university.
6. Self-Directed Learning Package shall refer to learning which uses course manuals or accredited learning modules. Accredited learning modules include self-instructional materials or programs which may be in the form of printed manual, audio and video cassette tapes, films, computer-assisted learning (CAL), study kits, learning aids and modules or the use of the information highway. These should include among others clearly defined objectives, adequate content and an evaluation component for each module.
7. Authorship shall refer to the ownership of intellectual property which includes technical or professional books, instructional materials and the like. Credits earned must be claimed within one (1) year from the date of publication or production.
8. Peer Reviewer shall refer to a professional who acts as an evaluator of a research paper, conference paper or journal article before it is presented or published.
9.. Post-Graduate or In-Service Training shall mean training or specialization at the post-graduate level for a minimum period of one(1) week.
10. CPE Provider shall refer to a natural person or juridical entity which includes, among others, accredited or non-accredited professional organization, firm, partnership, corporation or institution which offers, organizes, or arranges CPE programs, activities or sources for implementation and administration.
11. CPE Programs, Activities, or Sources shall refer to the regime of CPE which enhance the competence of the librarians by upgrading and updating knowledge and skills for the profession as brought about by modernization and scientific and technical advancements in the profession. The scope shall be beyond the basic preparation for admission to the practice of the profession. The content shall be related but not limited to the practice of the profession.
Section 15. CPE CREDIT UNITS
The total CPE credit units (CUs) for registered and licensed librarians with baccalaureate degree shall be sixty (60) credit units for three(3) years. Any excess credit units earned shall not be carried over to the next three-year period except credit units earned for master’s and doctoral degrees or for other special training.
One credit hour of CPE program, activity or source shall be equivalent to one(1) credit unit. CPE credit units shall be granted only to accredited programs and providers. However, programs and activities conducted by providers within the year of accreditation and were not pre-accredited may be given credit upon submission of documents relevant to the programs to the PLAI CPE Council and upon approval of the BFL CPE Council.
Section 16. PROCEDURES FOR ACCREDITATION OF CPE PROVIDERS
The BFL and PLAI CPE Councils shall observe the following procedures for the accreditation of CPE providers :
A. 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 PLAI CPE Council an application form.
2. An application shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following information :
a. Full name, address and telephone number/s of the applicant-provider
b. Relevant educational background
c. Profession, principal area of professional work and number of years in the practice of profession
d. PRC License Number and date of expiration
e. Current employment
3. Applicant-provider shall submit a valid NBI clearance.
4. Applicant-provider shall pay an accreditation fee at the PRC.
B. In case of juridical entities :
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 PLAI CPE Council an application form.
2. An application shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following information and documents :
a. Full name, office address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address
b. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration papers (copy)
c. List of officers, with their PRC License Numbers and expiry date if officer is a member of the regulated profession.
d. Plans for CPE programs or activities for the year applied
e. Proof of past CPE activities or programs conducted/arranged (immediate past year) for applicants renewing accreditation.
3. Applicant-provider shall pay an accreditation fee at the PRC.
C. All applicants shall submit to the PLAI CPE Council the following :
1. Mechanism for measuring the quality of the program, activity, or source being offered.
2. Criteria for selecting and evaluating speakers, resource persons, or lecturers.
D. Issuance by the Council of Certification of Accreditation (CoA) as CPE Provider in the case of natural persons and juridical entities and their programs, activities and sources by the Commission proper. Accreditation shall be for a period of three (3) years, renewable every three (3) years upon the filing of an application and payment of accreditation fee.
Section 17. PROCEDURES FOR ACCREDITATION OF A 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 BFL CPE Council, through the PLAI CPE Council, for evaluation and approval. 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, but shall not be limited to, the following information and documents :
a. Title/s of program/s, activity/ies, or source/s
b. Name of CPE provider, address, phone and fax numbers
c. Date and venue of the administration of the program
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 license if they are members of the regulated profession
h. Actual program and schedule
i. Seminar or convention fee to be collected, including estimated budgetary expenditures
j. Evaluation to be used which could either be any of the following modes or systems :
• evaluation of seminar by the participants
• evaluation of participants by CPE provider (i.e. tests)
• other methods of evaluation
2. If the BFL CPE Council finds the CPE program, activity, or source to be relevant to the profession, cost effective to the participants, and in accordance with the guidelines, said Council shall issue a certificate of accreditation within thirty (30) days from receipt of the application.
Section 18. POST-ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS
Upon the completion of an accredited CPE program, activity, or source, the CPE provider shall submit a report to the BFL 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 :
1. Name of CPE provider
2. Name or description of CPE program, activity, or source
3. Accreditation number and date of issuance of accreditation
4. Certified list of participants indicating names and PRC professional license numbers and date of expiration as well as of resource speakers, lecturers, discussion leaders, panelists, moderators, or facilitators who took part or participated in the CPE program, activity, or source
5. Date and time of start and completion of the holding of the CPE program, activity, or source
6. Venue or location of the holding of the program
7. Summary of evaluation results of participants
8. Name of the CPE Council representative who monitored the CPE program or activity.
Section 19. SANCTIONS
A. Accredited CPE Provider - Accreditation shall be withdrawn from the CPE provider who:
1. is found not complying with the prescribed rules and regulations for
2. has committed substantial deviation from the approved program, or
3. has submitted false reports, or
4. has committed such other acts that the BFL CPE Council finds to be in violation of the interest of the program.
B. Commission Employees
Any employee of the Commission who causes, abets, or helps in the renewal of the ID card / license of a registered professional without complying with CPE requirements shall be considered to have violated office and/or civil service rules and regulations and shall be proceeded against administratively, and, if found guilty, shall be meted out the penalties provided for by the said laws and rules and regulations.