DILIMAN, Quezon City—The whole network of training centers of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) nationwide is now accredited as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider.
This is in line with the implementation of Republic Act No. 10912, or the CPD Act of 2016, which mandates and strengthens the CPD program for all regulated professions in the country.
The ATI’s central office, its 15 Regional Training Centers (RTCs), and the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH) are now accredited CPD providers for agriculture under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
The ATI central office first received its accreditation in February 2018 and was renewed in April 2021. The ITCPH and the RTCs in CALABARZON, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and SOCCSKSARGEN were also among the first ATI centers that received accreditation as local CPD providers.
Meanwhile, the RTCs in Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, and Cagayan Valley were accredited in 2022. This year, the PRC granted the accreditation of the RTCs in Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao Region, and Caraga.
The PRC’s accreditation to the ATI as CPD provider will be valid for three years. Through this, PRC-licensed agriculture professionals will be able to earn CPD points by participating in ATI training programs.
Since 2019, a total of 715 training and other related programs of the ATI network were granted with CPD points by the PRC. These programs were held for agricultural extension workers, farmer-leaders, and other extension partners.
Likewise, through its CPD program offerings, the ATI aims to professionalize the agricultural extension workforce and promote and upgrade the practice of agriculture-related professions in the country.