Saturday, July 8, 2017

License Renewal of a Pioneer RPm

For several days, there were passionate and earnest comments exchanged and posted at the Filipino Psychometrician Group on Facebook. The  contentious issues were about membership to Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), license renewal and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

With all the issues and concerns raised, several readers and followers of the FB Group volunteered to consolidate  them and will be transmitted to the PAP. It is hoped that PAP will seriously look into those issues and addressed them.

Despite all those exchanges, I have been accumulating CPD points in the past and preparing to renew my license that will expire this year since I belong to the Pioneer RPm Batch of 2014 (those who took the first board licensure exam for Psychometricians).  I have signed up for PAP Membership early on, attended several PAP activities (CPE points were given then ) and attended last year's  PAP convention held in Pampanga (2016). 

Complying with the requirements for license renewal, I put together my certificates of attendance/participation (training, seminars, conventions) in a clear book including my Certificate of Grades from the graduate school. I emailed PAP at ( to ask for the LICENSURE RENEWAL FORM and GUIDELINES FOR RENEWAL. You can also download it here - check PAP first if you can use it  (tweaked the form a bit by working on its lay-out).

All my documents ready and the form filled out with my cover letter, I visited PAP Office and applied for a Certificate of Good Standing.  The content of my clear folder was reviewed by PAP staff, paid my membership dues for 2018 and received the coveted Certificate of Good Standing. PAP is the accredited professional organization recognized by the Psychology Board of PRC. The Certificate of Good Standing is a requirement when applying for license renewal - it entails obtaining 45 CPD points and active membership with PAP.

Next, I logged-in to my PRC online profile at ( you need to create one or register if you do not have one yet) to apply for my license renewal.

Once signed in you will see your online profile like below. Click the Select Transaction to get to next step.

Then you will be provided with these menus, since it is license renewal that I am transacting so I clicked the renewal button, there's a drop down button for Profession, choose Psychometrician from the list and then input your license number. Click Proceed.

This page will open up once you press the PROCEED button.
1) Select an office - I chose - PRC Central Office (there are other offices/mall  like Robinsons to chose).
2) Choose a date from the calendar AM or PM on a weekday.
3) Select mode of payment - I chose Bayad Center and charged me PhP 520.00 not PhP450.00 as shown below.

This page will appear with the reference number, show it when paying to Bayad Center.

Once you have paid the amount, sign in again to PRC online - click SELECT TRANSACTION and you will be shown this page - informing you of the payment made. Then click the Print Claiming Stub to get your claim stub that you need to bring to PRC.

Bring the ID Claim slip below to PRC together with your Certification of Good Standing from PAP and Proceed to Window 20 at PRC Ground Floor - License Renewal.

Also, they might ask you to provide a newer ID picture so bring a new one to spare yourself from the hassle of having your photo taken at the PRC and losing your line. The photo will be scanned to replace the  previous photo in your license. 

You will be asked to wait for your name to be called. Once called, show your old license and then you will be asked to write your signature in the electronic signature pad, then issued your new PVC ID or license good for another 3 years... so start accumulating those CPD points again.... good luck!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Online Psychology Practice Quizzes

Kaplan Test - Learning Pod 
(just click the start practice button to go to the quiz )

Research Methods 

Abnormal Behavior

Testing and Individual Differences


100 Items Practice A

100 Items Practice B

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Policies and Standards for Undergraduate Programs in Psychology

Interesting subjects await new Psych Majors!

With CMO No. 34, Series of 2017 - Policies and Standards for Undergraduate Programs in Psychology was adopted and promulgated through CHED Commission Resolution No. 231-2017 dated March 28, 2017. Consequently, CHED's Memorandum Order No. 34 series of 2017 was signed on May 11, 2017.  This new policies and standards is for implementation in the Academic Year 2018-2019.

Basic Courses (2)
1) Introduction to Psychology
2) Psychological Statistics (5 Units)

Required Courses (13)
1) Developmental Psychology
2) Theories of Personality  (BLEPP Subject)
3) Experimental Psychology (5 Units)
4) Social Psychology
5) Field Methods in Psychology
6) Psychological Assessment (5 Units) (BLEPP Subject)
7) Abnormal Psychology (BLEPP Subject)
8) Industrial Psychology (BLEPP Subject)
9) Physiological/Biological Psychology
10) Cognitive Psychology
11) Research in Psychology 1
12) Research in Psychology 2
13) Sikolohiyang Pilipino/Filipino Psychology
14) Culture and Psychology

Psychology Electives (2)
1) Introduction to Counseling
2) Disaster and Mental Health
3) Introduction to Clinical Psychology
4) Positive Psychology
5) Educational Psychology
6) Group Dynamics
7) Practicum in Psychology (150 hours)
8) Psychology of Learning
9) Psychology of Exceptional Children
10) Strategic Human Resource Management
11) Seminar in Psychology: Recruitment and Selection

AB Psychology students should accomplish a total of 109 units while those in the BS Psychology program should obtain 129 units additional units/subjects from natural sciences. Of the listed subjects mandatory subjects are:  2 subjects for the basic courses, 13 required courses and 2 electives should be taken by both AB and BS Psychology students including the required General Education subjects.

Source -

CHED Policies and Standards for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Psychology

Below are separate CMOs or Commission on Higher Education Memorandum Orders No. 38 and No. 39 made in 2010 for the Policies and Standards for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Psychology.

Some schools are not following the said Memo up to know and even after the issuance of RA 10029 or the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009 that governs the Board Licensure Examination for Psychometricians and Psychologists (BLEPP). So their graduates would have to re-enroll to other schools just to fulfill the board required subjects. Some schools that offers AB or BA in Psychology are not offering some subjects like Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality since their school officials believe that those subjects were meant for BS Psychology majors.

So for those students whose schools are not following and implementing this CHED Policies and Standards, inform your school and better inform also or complain to CHED about your school practice so it will be corrected. You deserve to take up those required subjects as stated in the CHED Memo whether you are taking up AB/BA or BS Psychology course to guarantee you  the opportunity to take the licensure exam.

With regards to those who have taken up their MA or graduate course in Psychology those who specialized in Industrial Psychology mostly have to take up additional subjects (Counseling and Psychotherapy and Advance Abnormal Psychology) just to take up the licensure exam for Psychologists. Given their specialization most of them were not able to do clinical practice/internship given their field of exposure which is an industrial setting.

With this licensure exam for psychologists some undergraduates are pursuing graduate studies and specializing in Clinical Psychology. Graduate schools that offers Psychology Programs are now experiencing an increase in their enrollment since the introduction of the BLEPP.

However there's a clamor for CHED and PRC to also look into other forms of licensure given the wide application and specialization in the field of Psychology (e.g. Forensic Psychology, School Psychology, Social Psychology, Sports Psychology, Developmental Psychology, etc.)    

CMO-No.38-s2010 Policies and Standards for Undergraduate Programs in Psychology

CMO-No.39-s2010 Policies and Standards for Graduate Programs in Psychology


Monday, May 22, 2017

Try this Online MMPI 2

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) is the most comprehensive personality test currently available. Using 567 true or false questions, it rates the tester on 130 categories (validity scales included). Once validity of the results are established, a profile is created employing the 10 Clinical Scales and each of these is in itself composed of various other sub-scales. The following are the 10 Clinical Scales:

Hypochondriasis (Hs, or Scale 1)
Depression (D or Scale 2)
Hysteria (Hy or Scale 3)
Psychopathic deviate (Pd or Scale 4)
Masculinity/femininity (Mf or Scale 5)
Paranoia (Pa or Scale 6)
Psychasthenia (Pt or Scale 7)
Schizophrenia (Sc or Scale 8)
Hypomania (Ma or Scale 9)

Social introversion (Si or Scale 0)

Disclaimer: Note this is a 567 items test. This is a free MMPI Text Version only. This online test is for Entertainment and Educational purpose only. It is not designed or to be used as an accurate substitute for an MMPI test administered by a registered practitioner.

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 MMPI-2 Validity Scales: How to interpret your personality test