Before being allowed to be employed full-time in most foreign countries, Filipino professionals and skilled workers are required to take and pass a special exam called the Special Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBE).
This is particularly necessary if you are an accountant, architect, electrical engineer, electronics technician, engineer, master plumber, mechanical engineer, nurse, professional teacher, or public dentist.
Here are the following requirements you need to submit before taking the special licensure board exam abroad:
- Transcript of Records (photocopy)
- Valid overseas passport (photocopy)
- 4 passport size pictures with name tag and in white background
Also, make sure to bring the original copies for verification purposes.
In addition to the basic requirements, the following professionals should also take note of these additional requirements:
Architects Certificate of overseas employment experience (minimum of 3,840 hours) and accomplished logbook for diversified local or overseas experience.
Registered master electricians. Certificate of experience on prescribed form (should be duly-signed by REE/RME/PEE) and company certification.
Certified public accountants. Proof of most recent taken exams (O.R, NOA) and certificate of completion for refresher course (if any).
Nurses. Certificate of undertaking, original copy of the summary of related learning experience (RLE) plus original form of O.R and D.R cases
Dentists. Refresher course certificate
Master plumbers. If applicable, transcript of records, and photocopy of valid overseas passport.
Electrical engineers. 5 years of experience as master plumbers, photocopy of BS electrical engineering (if a registered electrical engineer), and transcript of records.
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Once you have all of these documents, you should submit them to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) or the nearest Philippine consulate in your area for review. Otherwise, you may also check with the PRC Online Application System (OAS).
Although there are no fixed schedules for SPLBEs, dates and venues for these exams are arranged by the PRC with the Philippine Regulatory Boards (PRBs). Exam fees are remitted by examinees through Land Bank and Overseas Remittance Offices (OROs).