Monday, March 4

How-To: Apply for the PRC Professional Exam



Once upon a time, I applied for the Architect's Professional Board Exams at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) down at Maynila. It was terrible. Traffic, waiting in line, etcetera etcetera. I know y'all feel for me my fellow pros. This time, when I went back to PRC to take another board exam, I found that it was super super easy to apply na.

It took me less than 30 minutes to get my Notice of Admission (the final paper you have in order to take the exams). Lucky, lucky you, because I am going to share with you what my experience was. Haha.

[1] Apply online at www.prc.gov.phBefore, they will let you submit a printed application, but online application is now mandatory at PRC. If you go to PRC and you have not applied online, your application will not be accepted. There are online stations on the opposite side of the street fronting the PRC office, but for security reasons, I recommend you to apply online on your own. Besides, it's super easy. You just need to input your information and follow the directions. Make sure though that you have your Community Tax Certificate (cedula) information handy because the online application requires you to put those in.

[2] Complete your documents before going to PRC. The documents required are listed as you go through the online application. 


Here are some tips:
    a. Transcript of Records (TOR). The length of time to get this usually depends on your school. If it is your first time getting your TOR, it takes longer. If you already have a copy of your transcript, you need to make sure that you have your photo printed on it, as well as the words "FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY". I know that in UP, you can just give them your old transcript and a photo, and they will scan it and print the photo on your old transcript in less than 2 minutes. Easy peasy.
    b. NSO-issued birth certificate and marriage certificate (for married females). These are the easiest to get. No problem here. You all know the drill.
    c. NBI Clearance. I guess it depends if your profession requires this. I suggest you get this one at least a month in advance. If your name hits a match in their system, it would take at least 2 weeks before you get clearance. You can apply online for this too. You will get a final orange paper, half of which will be given to the PRC when you apply.
    d. Photocopy all your documents in advance. They're going to get the copies except for the NBI Clearance. But of course, bring the originals because they will cross check them.
    e. Make sure all your names in your documents are the SAME to prevent the hassle of going to the Legal Department or not being able to take the test. 

[3] Go to PRC. PRC is located at 

P. Paredes Street corner Morayta Street,
Sampaloc, Manila

Tel. (632) 314-0026 / Telefax (632) 735-4476

It is very easy to locate as it is very near Espana. I suggest you either commute or bring a driver with you because parking space is not adequate. I went there around 2pm and the volume of people applying was not that bad. Don't go during breaks (12nn or 3pm) as some windows will be closed. That's just how it is.

Now this is important. Bring your own pen, stamp pad and glue. 

[4] Buy the Documentary Stamp and Metered Envelope near the entrance. The documentary stamp window is located near the stamp pad area. The one behind the counter will give you a receipt, and it's only P21. Buy it when you enter the complex so that you don't have to go out the main building and lose your position in the queue. The metered envelope can be bought in another window, and it's also P21. You can buy this now, or later, it doesn't matter. Although, you might forget later when you have your NOA already.



[5] Proceed to the main building. It is located at the far end of the complex, opposite the window where you got the documentary stampYou want to go to the right side where it says "Application Division".




[6] Submit your picture at Window 8 (or wherever they tell you to). You'll need one (1) passport size photo with white background, and your name tag. There's a small makeshift box in front of Window 8 where you will drop your photo. Yes, just drop it there.



[7] Proceed to the Pre-Assessment / Processing area (Windows 5-7). You will submit your documents to the person behind the window. They will check if you have your completed documents, and give you a printed copy of your online application. All you can do is cross your fingers they can access the internet when you get there. 

[8] Pay the fee at the cashier.



[9] Get your Notice of Admission from Window 9 or 10. 

Yay! That's it. You just check the website or call PRC to confirm the place and time of your exam. They will post it a few days before the actual exam. Good luck!



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47 comments:

  1. I remember that "horrible" time in my life, back then no online thing for me, I stayed there the whole day and I think I even had to come back the next day!!!

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    1. Di ba? I was so glad that they have the online thing now. I was super relieved. :D

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  2. Hi there! =D Is it all right for me to use your PRC pictures for one of my blog posts that's related to how to apply for a nurses licensure examination? I'll put a link on my blog post to give you credits and at the same time, let other readers go to your blog as well.

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    1. Sure, no problem. Just link back. Thanks!

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  3. Hi, first timer po ako, is it ok po na magfill up po ako ngayon online, tpos bukas po pupunta ng prc? Thank you po. :)

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    1. Hi Jumily. Yes, pwede naman.

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  4. Is it ok if i apply now online pero kinabukasan pa po pupunta sa prc? Thank you po

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  5. Anonymous12:07 PM

    when to do the application online? i can apply online today (March 2, 2015), even my exam will be on August 2015?

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  6. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Hi, would you know if someone (sister) can appy on my behalf given my authority? I'm here in Bacolod and there is no REgional Office here. Thank you in advance.

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    1. I have no idea, but you can check with them: (632) 7362252

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  7. Anonymous12:24 AM

    hi! my sister applied online but she was not able to save a print out copy, do you have any idea if she can still retrieve the file? I would really appreciate to hear from you, thanks.

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  8. Is it okay not to have the original copy of the birth certificate? I only have the photocopy

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  9. what to do if you have entered a wrong information on the online application???

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  10. Hi! Pwede ba icancel ang online application sa board exam this October 2015, nag.aalangan kasi ako mgatake? Nakasubmit na ako sa online application pero di pa ako nakapunta sa PRC para mgsubmit ng requirements.

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  11. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience! :) Yng copy of TOR with photo and words, school po ba ang ggwa or ako lang? Also magkano po yng fee?

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    1. Transcript of Records should always, always come from your school.

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  12. Is it ok to use cedula that was issued last december if the board exam is this year?

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    1. I think cedulas are valid for the year it was issued. Get a new one nalang. It's not that expensive naman.

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  13. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Hello po,tanong ko lang po, is it ok po ba if i'll submit na cedula as requirement para sa board exam is different from the place of my permanent residency? Ang layo po kasi ng work place ko sa hometown ko and wala na po akong time para kumuha doon ng cedula. thank you.

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    1. I think okay lang. Some cities require you to have a valid ID with the corresponding address though.

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  14. Ask ko lang po. I lost my NOA. sa lucena yung recent exam ko. Magttake ulit ako bukas sa manila naman, Makakakuha po ba ko ng copy ng NOA sa manila?

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  15. what if the cedula number entered was incorrect in the online application? can it be accepted? instead of the 8 digit , the one which was entered incudes the CC12014 ...please answer :(

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    1. Should be okay as long as it's valid and the number is still there.

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  16. Anonymous12:06 AM

    Bkt nag webpage not available ung online application. ?

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    1. Maybe it's just down due to volume or maintenance. Just try again.

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  17. Anonymous8:15 AM

    pwede po kumuha ng cedula sa prc office

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  18. Anonymous5:47 PM

    hello po, ano po yung kulay ng stamp pad na kailangan? thank you po

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  19. Gud day po,ask ko lang po ung link para mkapagregister online sa prc..thanks and God bless!

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  21. Hi. Good pm po. May required po bang kind ng NBI clearance? What if ang NBI clearance ko po is pang abroad? Is it valid? Or kukuha po ako ng bago? Pasensya na po first timer lang. Thank you po for answering and God bless.

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    1. I'm not sure e. You can call the PRC hotline to confirm.

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  22. HELLO po just wanna ask po..my problem is nung nag apply po ako tru online i forgot to print it out..pano po yun tapos nko magfill out ..nung nag fill out ako ulit sa online ayw na po tanggapin kc exist na dw po..ask ko po pano ko makikita yung confirmation ko sa online pra maprint ko po..need dw po kc yun bago ka pumunta sa prc...tnx po sa sasagot

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  23. Anonymous11:03 PM

    Hello po! May I ask po kung mandatory po na dapat yung ipapasang Transcript sa PRC eh may S.O. Number at Date of Graduation?

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  24. So helpfu... thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. Anonymous9:30 AM

    Our university wouldn't release our TOR for LET filing due to these reasons:

    1.certificate of completion from the university review center.
    (Most of us po.nag enrol sa other review centers at reviews are being conducted june-2ndweek of september.)

    2.result of mock let conducted by our university after the review.

    I reasoned to them na Ang deadline na po for filing ay sa july 22 at sinagot po nila ako na "eh di next year kna mag file!"

    Is this legal or at least reasonable po?

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  26. Hello ask ko lang po. Strict ba talaga sila about dun sa photo requirements?

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  27. I have entered wrong data about the date of my previous board exam taken.. is it okey?

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  28. Maam,evening do need po ba i print ang online application pag katapos kasi hindi ko po na print.. at isa pa po di ba pwede sa sa prc ang Marriage certcate ko ay Imbis MARYPEL ganito po ang nka lagay sa MARY PEL.. sana po masugotan ninyo b4 i go to prc sa mo enligthen ang isip. Ko... anong dapat gawin..

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    1. In some government offices, they allow that kind of discrepancy. Call their legal department to be sure.

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  29. Hi! Just like to ask if I can take my Board Exam elsewhere, say Lucena City, even if I submit my requirements at PRC-Central Office in Morayta?
    Thank you in advance for your response. :)

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  30. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Is it okay if my name tag is encoded?
    others told me that it must be handwritten

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  31. Anonymous10:07 AM

    Hello po. Just want to ask kung strict po ba ang PRC pagdating sa lahat ng info sa personal records mo. Late ko po kc nkuha ung NSO ko, before ko pa nkuha ung NBI at Cedula, hndi nagjive ung place of birth ko kc iba ung sa NSO. Papalitan ko pa po ba ung Cedula at NBI ko? Thank you po, Godbless!

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  32. Hi. Im quite worried po kasi nung nagfile ako, yung nasa application form ko po hindi nakumpleto yung cedula number ko and ung name ng mom ko ang nalagay ko hindi ung name nya nung dalaga sya. Paano po yun pero I got my NOA na.

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  33. Worried po ako kasi yung cedula number ko po na nailagay sa application form is hindi nakumpleto. Pati po yung name ng mom ko hindi ko nagamit yun maiden name na. Paano po yun??? Pls help me.. pero i have my NOA na.

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