RENEWAL OF PAM CERTIFICATION ( RMicro & SMicro ) Continuing Professional Development Program

RENEWAL OF PAM CERTIFICATION ( RMicro & SMicro )
Continuing Professional Development Program

Renewal of Certification

Renewal of Certification will be done every three years.  Effective January 1, 2017, all Registered Microbiologists (RMicro) and Specialist Microbiologist (SMicro) shall be required to abide by the requirements, rules and regulations on Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  RMicro and SMicro shall show proofs of CPD requirement completion upon renewal of their PAM Certification. PAM certification is valid for three years.

Objectives of CPD

The objectives of the CPD are as follows:

  1. To ensure the continuous advancement of RMicro and SMicro with the latest trends in the fields of microbiology and other related fields;
  2. To raise and maintain RMicro and SMicro’s capability for delivering professional services;
  3. To maintain the high standard in the practice of microbiology and related fields;
  4. To ensure globally competitive RMicro and SMicro; and
  5. To promote the general welfare of the public.

Required CPD Units

The total CPD credit units required shall be thirty (36) for three (3) years, provided that these units are earned during the three-year period prior to renewal of PAM Certification.  The program and activities that are microbiology-related are qualified for CPD credits, and include the items presented in Table 1.

Any excess credit units for the three-year period will not be carried over to the succeeding years.

Table 1.      Program and activities qualified for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units (As of 24 February 2017).

Program/ActivityCredit Units
A.       Participation in PSM – organized Events
A.1.   Attendance in annual convention12/convention
A.2.   Attendance in cluster symposia8/symposium
A.3.   Attendance in Regional Chapter (RC) annual meeting8/meeting
A.4.   Attendance in RC workshops8/workshop
A.5.   As Trainor in workshops8/training
A.6.   As  author/co-author and presentor  in oral paper presentation+4 senior author

+3 paper presentor

+2 co-author

A.7.    As author/co-author and presentor in poster paper presentation+3 senior author

+2 poster presentor

+1 co-author

A.8.    As resource speaker+4/topic
A.9.    As panelist/reactor/discussant+2/topic
A.10.  As facilitator/moderator+1/session
B.       Participation in Non-PSM Organized (National and International Events) (presentor in oral or poster – similar to PSM)
B.1.   Attendance in conventions of other scientific microbiology  organizations with 100% microbiology topics (i.e. Mycological Society of the Philippines/MSP, Phil Society of Lactic Acid Bacteria/PSLAB, etc).4/convention
B.2.   Attendance in  seminars sponsored by other scientific organizations mentioned in B.1.2/seminar
B.3.   Attendance in conventions of microbiology-related scientific organizations with topics not 100% microbiology (i.e. PAMET, PAFT, Inc.)2/convention
B.4.      Attendance in  seminars sponsored by those organizations mentioned in B.3.1/seminar
B.5.    As Trainor in workshops8/training
B.6.   As  author or co-author  in oral paper presentation+4 senior author

+3 paper presentor

+2 co-author

B.7.   As author/co-author and presentor in poster paper presentation+3 senior author

+2 poster presentor

+1 co-author

B.8.    As resource speaker+4/topic
B.9.    As panelist/reactor/discussant+2/topic
B.10.  As facilitator/moderator+1/session
C.  Post Graduate/Specialty Training
C.1.  Master’s degree (only for RMicro)1/academic unit

+20 upon completion of degree

C.2.  Doctoral degree (only for SMicro)2/academic unit

+30 upon completion of degree

C.3.  Fellowship/Specialty Training6 for 1 month or less
+8/month in excess of one month

 

D.  Self-directed and/or Lifelong Learning
D.1.  Research projects with Annual or terminal reports. Appropriate pages of the report should be attached to show participation in the project implementation and writing.  If names are not reflected in the research report, appointment papers or Special Order maybe attached as proof together with the certification from the direct supervisor.6/report if 1-2 authors

4/report if 3-5 authors

2/report if more than 5 authors

D.2.  Patented invention36 for sole author

24 for 2-3 authors

12 for more than 3 authors

D.3.  Utility model24 for sole author

12 for 2-3 authors

6 for more than 3 authors

D.4.  Improved/modified procedure (i.e. assays) that are being used in the company.  The company should be implementing the improved/modified procedure12 for sole author

8 for 2-3 authors

4 for more than 3 authors

Implementation during the Transition Period

A scheme is provided below for those who will be renewing their Certification during the transition period (2017-2019):

Renewal YearRequired CPD credit unitsQualified CPD activities obtained
201712January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017
201824January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018
201936January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019

From then on, renewal of certification will require 36 CPE units provided that these units are earned during the three-year period prior to renewal.

Any excess credit units for the three-year period will not be carried over to the succeeding years.

Submission of Supporting Documents

Both hard and soft copies of the required documents should be submitted to the CPD Committee for validation/verification who will then recommend the approval of the Certification renewal to the Council of Regents.

The required documents are:

  1. Duly accomplished CPD Application Form No.1
  2. Duly accomplished CPD Application Form No.2 (Score Sheet)
  3. Scanned copies of supporting documents (CPD activities)
  4. Bank deposit slip for:
    1. Renewal fee, P3,000
    2. ID card, P300

c..   Fines for late submission (If applicable) P 600/year or a fraction of it

The documents should be sent to:

The PAM Continuing Professional Development Committee
10849 Victoria Ela St.,  Batong Malake
Los Baños, Laguna 4030
e-mail: [email protected]

Evaluation of Documents

The CPD  Committee will evaluate the applications for renewal of certification within 6 weeks upon receipt of application and supporting documents.

Notification of Disapproval/Approval

The Certified Microbiologists will be notified of the status of their renewal application within 6 weeks after filing their application for renewal through email.

Renewal shall start on the date of completion of  requirements with a validity of three (3) years.

Download CPD Application forms

Download Flow of Renewal Process