Saturday, August 30, 2014

Madalas na Tanong - FAQ: 2014 Psychometrician Licensure Exam

Madalas na Tanong (FAQ)
at mga ugnay na kawing/linked na SAGOT

1) What is BLEPP? 

Board Licensure Examination for Psychologists and Psychometricians is the official name of the board or licensure exam for Filipino Psychologists and Psychometricians that will be administered by the Professional Regulation Commission by virtue of RA 10029 or the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009.

2) What is  Professional Regulation Commission? 

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is responsible for the administration, implementation and enforcement of regulatory policies on the regulation and licensing of various professions and occupations under its jurisdiction. It is the instrument of the Filipino people in securing for the nation a reliable, trustworthy, and progressive system of developing professionals whose personal integrity and spiritual values are solid and respected, whose competencies are globally competitive, and whose commitment to serve the Filipino nation and the whole community is strong and steadfast.

3) Why do we need to take the board exam? 

In line with the implementation of RA 10029 or Philippine Psychology Act of 2009, Psychometrician and Psychology is now a regulated profession in the country. Psychology undergraduates/graduates  who passed the board exam will be given licensed to practice their profession as Psychometrician or Psychologist. A license is leverage for new graduates in their job application or an eligibility for promotion or career advancement for those who are not qualified for the grandfather clause of the law.   

4)  What is grandfather clause?

The grandfather clause allows individuals to be registered as Psychometrician without taking the board exam for as long as they satisfy the requirements of Sec 17 of RA 10029.

5) Who should take the board exam?

The following are the qualifications for those who will be allowed to apply for the board exam:
(a) Is a Filipino citizen, a permanent resident or a citizen of a foreign state/country which extends reciprocity to the Philippines relative to the practice of the profession; 
(b) Holds at least a bachelor's degree (note: course/graduates of AB, BS, MA, MS in Psychology/other title for as long as you have taken the 4 subjects or its equivalent to be taken up in the licensure exam) in psychology conferred by a university, college or school in the Philippines or abroad recognized/accredited by the CHED and has obtained sufficient credits for the subjects covered in the examinations; 
(c) Is of good moral character; and 
(d) Has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude. 

6) When is the deadline of application and the examination date of the first ever board exam?

Deadline of application is 8 October 2014
Examination date will be 28-19 of October 2014

7) What will be the coverage of the board exam?

As mandated in RA 10029 the board exam for Psychometrician will cover Industrial Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality. The Tables of Specifications provide particular general description of topics that will be covered by the board exam including the number of items and its corresponding percentages.  (CHED Course Specifications for Psychology Program - provides the course description and  the coverage or course topics.)

7.1 What are the required/prescribed  textbooks? 

Wala pong prescribed na textbook/s for the licensure board exam  (like in any board exams) since each school uses different textbooks. Up until now wala pa rin pong Industrial Psychology textbook na authored ng isang Filipino Psychologist widely available sa mga bookstores and used as textbook in the Philippines - correct us if we are wrong.

7.2 What is outcome-based assessment?

Dr. Imelda Virgina G. Villar, Board Member of the Board of Psychology of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in her presentation at the Orientation for the Psychology Licensure Exam held on 18 June 2014, she informed a full packed PSSC Auditorium that Psychology will be the first profession to offer Outcome-based Board Exam in the Philippines. Aside from the Board Licensure Examination for Psychologists and Psychometricians (BLEPP) being implemented this coming October for the first time is another milestone in the history of Psychology in the Philippines.
(AStrategy for answering multiple choice)

7.3 Do you have reviewer

Meron po. This blog and our FB fan page serves as our online reviewer.
(pre-TOS online quiz)

8)  How to apply?

First step is to visit PRC's website and go to PRC Online Application System, fill out your information. Then proceed to PRC Application Division and file all the necessary requirements. 

8.1  When is the deadline?

Do not wait until the deadline, the earlier you file with 39 days remaining as of 30 August 2014, the better. You may never know what other documents will be requested from you by the screening committee. The deadline is 8 October 2014.

8.2 What is Certificate of Equivalency?

From the Chairperson of the PRC Board of Psychology, Dr. Cue; "Some subjects do not need any certificate of equivalency anymore, like Psychological Testing for Psychological Assessment; Psychopathology for Abnormal Psychology, etc. But for subjects not in the list, you have to seek equivalency from CHED. The Certificate of  Equivalency is asked only if and when: 

a) you finished your degree abroad 
b) when finished a degree in Psychology by some other name and 
c) when you took a professional subject in the board by some other name that is not obviously equivalent to the board subject under consideration." 

8.3 What is CAV?

In the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10029 or the Psychology Act of 2009,  applicants whose TOR does not have an SO this rule applies found in: Sec. 13-A Documentary Requirements to the Licensure Examination of Psychometricians, c. Original and photocopy of transcript of records (with scanned picture) indicating the Special Order (S.O.) number, and where school is exempted from the issuance of an S.O. a Certificate of Authentication and Validation (CAV) from CHED.

8.4 How much to pay?

Application fee at PRC is PhP 900.00 other incidental fees include - notary fee, documentary stamps, passport size photos, and fees for the application of CAV or Certificate of Equivalency for others which PRC will require.

8.5 Do you have samples of Certificate of Good Moral Character?

Yes. Check these links:

9. Do you have some information or baseline data about this board exam?

Yes we conducted a survey and we were able to established some basic information about this board exam like, more women are taking the board exam and their age ranges from 21-26, belonging to the fresh graduates and recently employed (up to 3 years). Most of those who will be taking the exam are doing self-review and among review centers identified by respondents, SPARK Psychology Review Center got the most numbers. 

10. How can I get updated?

Link has been deactivated. Just continue checking our FB page and this blog for updates. 

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11. Do you have a list of review centers?

Yes, we have posted a partial listings of review centers. Since we are doing self-review, we are not familiar with their review approach and style,  please contact and coordinate with them directly.