Republic Act No. 10029 (The Psychology Law)

RA No. 10029.

The Philippine Psychology Act of 2009 or simply “The Psychology Law.”

Passed in March 16, 2010, the Bill “recognizes the significance of the psychological services that practicing psychologists provide to diverse types of clients, but also recognizes the need to protect the public by preventing inexperienced or untrained individuals from offering psychological services.” Simply put, “If you are a psychology graduate working anywhere as a psychologist or doing psychological services, you must be licensed to practice” (Villar, 2012).

At present, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has already appointed a Board of Psychology—comprised of the Hon. Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang (Chairperson), Hon. Miriam P. Cue, and the Hon. Imelda Virginia G. Villar—who will be tasked to lay the licensure foundation of our noble profession.

Until such time, credentialed psychologists are encouraged to apply for certification with the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).  The areas of certification are as follows: Assessment Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Counseling Psychologists, Developmental Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Industrial/Organizational Psychologists, and Social Psychologists. Certification is perceived to be better by those in the know as it will be your peers who will certify and recognize your competency.

For more information on licensure and certification, you can visit the official website of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) at http://www.pap.org.ph/.

Tedi Gustilo Villasor, Ph.D., RPsy, R.G.C., CSCOP
June 16, 2012
Makati City

Note: Part of an inspiration message given to the Freshmen BS Psychology students of The Makati Medical Center College of Nursing (MMCCN) last June 16, 2012 at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) Auditorium.

Addendum:

  • Click here for a copy of RA No. 10029 (PDF Format)
  • Psychology Law IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) will be enforced starting January 8, 2013.

The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) posted:

The rules and regulations implement R.A. No. 10029 which regulates the practice of psychology and psychometrics in the Philippines to nurture competent, upright and assiduous psychologists whose standards of professional practice are excellent and globally competitive and to protect the public from inexperienced or untrained individuals offering psychological services.

Those found violating the provisions of R.A. No. 10029 or the IRR may be meted imprisonment of not less than six months but not more than three years or a fine of not less than ten thousand pesos (PhP10,000.00) but not more than one hundred thousand pesos (PhP100,000.00).

The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) posted:

For Psychologist

    1. Original and photocopy of Certificate of Live Birth in NSO security paper.
    2. Original and photocopy of Marriage Certificate in NSO security paper (for married female only)
    3. Original and photocopy of Transcript of Records with scanned picture and with the Special Order Number indicated (for both undergraduate and graduate degrees).  Where school is exempted from the issuance of an SO, a certificate of authentication and validation (CAV) mush be secured.
    4. For those who do not have a master’s degree, a certified true copy of updating seminars and workshops attended from June 2005 to June 2010 must be presented/submitted.
    5. Original Certificates of Practice/Work Experience(s): – (a) Certificate of Employment from immediate superior duly noted by the HR Manager/Employer specifying the position title, nature of work and specific period of employment duly sworn in and notarized under oath by the issuing authorities.  Official job description signed by the HR Manager must be attached. (b) For those who are self-employed, applicant must submit the following: (1) Certificate of private practice from colleagues, professional partners and/or institutional clients, specifying the nature of work/services rendered and the duration thereof, duly sworn in and notarized under oath. (2) Work contract(s), if any, and/or sworn in statement of the practitioner specifying the nature, scope and duration of project engagement or services rendered, and the regularity of service-delivery with the undertaking that documentary evidence will be produced when required by the Board. (3) Business permit and DTI registration.
    6. Original Certificates of Good Moral Character from any of the following: school, employer, church, and/or Barangay Captain duly signed by issuing authority and notarized under oath.
    7. Original Certificates of Mental Health or Mental Fitness from a Psychiatrist or from a Registered/Certified Clinical Psychologist, duly signed and notarized under oath.
    8. Original and photocopy of valid NBI Clearance.
    9. Two (2) colored passport-size picture with white background and complete name tag.
    10. Photocopy of Community Tax Certificate.

For Psychometrician

    1. Original and photocopy of Certificate of Live Birth in NSO security paper.
    2. Original and photocopy of Marriage Certificate in NSO security paper (for married female only)
    3. Original and photocopy of Transcript of Records for Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (AB/BS) with scanned picture. Special Order Number must be indicated.  Where school is exempted from the issuance of an SO, a certificate of authentication and validation (CAV) mush be secured.
    4. Original certificate of full-time work experience as a Psychometrician, either from immediate supervisor (if employed) or from institutional clients, professional partners/colleagues (if on private practice), specifying the nature of work, duly sworn in and notarized under oath. Official job description must be attached.
    5. Original and photocopy of valid NBI Clearance.
    6. Three (3) original Certificates of Good Moral Character, from any of the following: school/former professor, employer, church, and/or Barangay Captain duly signed by issuing authority and notarized under oath.
    7. Two (2) colored passport-size picture with white background and complete name tag.
    8. Photocopy of Community Tax Certificate.

Also read:

Click here to read about my Guide to submitting your PRC documents for registration without examination.

Latest News: (July 14, 2016)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology have announced that only Registered and Licensed Psychologists and Psychometricians are allowed to use professional titles “RPsy” and “RPm”, respectively.

The use and appending the professional title “RPsy” will identify the bearer as a duly registered and licensed Psychologist and the professional title “RPm” will identify the bearer as Psychometrician.The Professional Regulatory Law of Psychology prohibits individuals who are non-holders of valid Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Cards to use and append to their names such professional titles.

  1. issy
    09/13/2013 at 5:59 pm

    good day sir, i’m a little bit confused regarding the r.a 10029 grandfathers clause for psychometrician, i graduated last march 2008 and have a 3 yrs. working experience until now. am i qualified for the licensure without examination?

    • 09/13/2013 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Ms. Issy,

      In all honesty, I am not that familiar with the process other than the requirements that are found in the PRC website. If you meet the number of allowable years, that would be a good place to start Issy and have your documents assessed. Good luck!

      • agnes
        10/16/2013 at 7:19 am

        yes you are qualified if before 2010 you had 2 years of continuous practice as psychometrician.

  2. Jennifer
    04/30/2014 at 9:56 pm

    hi sir, just a quick quesition, can an hr practitioner apply as a psychologist? i graduated as bs psychology and graduated wiht MA Psych maj. INdustrial/Org Psychology.

    based on your blog, The areas of certification are as follows: Assessment Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Counseling Psychologists, Developmental Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Industrial/Organizational Psychologists, and Social Psychologists. Certification is perceived to be better by those in the know as it will be your peers who will certify and recognize your competency.

    Just want to check if this applies. You may reply to email sir for your inputs.

    Thank you

    • 05/03/2014 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      If you are referring to the PAP’s certification, then it would really depend on when you finished and what you have been doing professionally since that time. Best you get in touch with the PAP for more information. Good luck and thanks for your comment.

  3. yhen
    11/10/2014 at 2:57 pm

    good day, i would like to ask if a graduate of BS Psychology and Had completed the Academic Requirement for Guidance and Psychology, worked on related area for almost 3 years now, can have the chance to apply for registration without examination for Psychologist?

    • 11/12/2014 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Yhen!

      To be honest, it would really depend on the PRC Board of Psychology if you would meet the requirement for the grandfather’s clause. But given your years of experience, I think your major stumbling block will be WHEN you graduated. Thank you for your comment.

      – Dr. Tedi

  4. 12/03/2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hi, what happens if someone who takes the licensure without examination does not pass? can they reapply?

  5. 12/03/2014 at 6:42 pm

    based on the requirements, for BS Psych grads who do not have the doctorate or the equivalent who are the thunder hours…. preceding 2009, then chances are PRC would not consider the application.

  6. 12/03/2014 at 6:45 pm

    so meant who have not met the 100 hours

  7. 12/03/2014 at 6:48 pm

    sorry, i meant who have not met the 100 hours and the years number of years of experience PRC requires, then there are slim chances they would approve it. but the PRC website states all the qualifications for application. it’d be the best resource for that one

  8. Eric de la Vega
    01/18/2015 at 11:45 am

    good day. i would like to inquire if i can qualify in the grandfathers clause? i am a not a psychoolgy graduate but has earned 30 units in psychology and had been designated as guidance counselor for 8 years now. thank you.

    • 04/28/2015 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Eric, kindly see if you meet the criteria for the Grandfather’s clause with the PRC Psychology Board. The deadline is on May 2015.

  9. anne
    04/21/2015 at 3:20 am

    hi can i still apply for a grandfather’s clause? i’m a BS psychology graduate and has completed my academic units for masters in clinical psychology. i’ve been practicing in this field since 1995. thank you very much.

    • 04/28/2015 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Anne, you can check with the PRC Psychology Division and see if you meet their criteria. But do it soon as the deadline is this coming May 2015.

  10. jhy
    05/12/2015 at 11:43 am

    Hi tedi,

    my previous employer is already closed. but I can still reach my immediate head and ask for certificate .i am currently connected in a new company. with regards to the certificate of good moral character , should I be securing one from my previous company or I can get one from the present?

    • 07/24/2015 at 10:02 am

      Hi jhy! In cases like the one that you presented, I have always believe that it is better to have more than less. That said, try to secure all the documents that you can get your hands on. Good luck!

  11. dale
    07/04/2015 at 8:05 am

    Is there an extension for the filing of the documents for RA 10029?

    • 07/24/2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Sir Dale, kindly contact the PRC regarding your inquiry. They will be in a better position to assist you. Good luck!

  12. Ma. Lourdes Briones
    07/12/2016 at 5:47 pm

    Good day. I graduated 1989; have worked from 1990 as Psychometrician, 1994 to 1996 as Recruitment Assistant promoted to Recruitment Specialist. 1996 Supervising Recruitment Specialist and 1997 to 2000 as Senior Recruitment Specialist. I am now Recruitment Executive (Managerial Level) for a local Manpower Services Provider. Can I qualify for the Grandfather Clause?

    • 07/12/2016 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Ms. Malou,

      Kindly inquire with the PRC Psychology Division regarding these matters. Thank you.

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