Amid the surge in coronavirus disease (COVID) cases in the country, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced Friday, April 16, that the application for accreditation of private and non-government learning and development (L&D) institutions providing face-to-face and/or online L&D interventions to government agencies can now be done online.
This, after the CSC issued CSC Resolution No. 2100220 amending the accreditation process for L&D institutions with the Civil Service Institute.
The revised policy was arrived at to “comply with provisions of Republic Act No. 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act, as well as promote digital or online modes of service delivery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The CSC resolution covers the accreditation of private and non-government L&D institutions seeking to provide face-to-face and/or online L&D interventions to government agencies in the areas of leadership development, human resource management and organization development, and personal and professional effectiveness.
The Commission said it recognized Accredited Learning and Development Institutions or ALDIs as “partners in building the capabilities of civil servants.”
“Training hours earned by civil servants from courses administered by ALDIs may be credited or considered to satisfy the training requirement in the Qualification Standards, as long as the training acquired is relevant to the position to be filled as certified by the agency’s Human Resource Management Officer,” the CSC said.
The revised policy provides that any interested institution may submit its application for accreditation via email to [email protected] or [email protected] through a request letter addressed to the CSI Executive Director, along with the supporting documents.
“In lieu of a physical ocular inspection, the applicant institution shall also submit pictures of their office to indicate the existence of a permanent business address; adequate space, facilities, furniture, and equipment to support its operations; adequate number of support and/or administrative staff; and professional image in terms of orderliness, cleanliness, and overall condition of the space and facilities, furniture, and equipment therein,” the CSC said.
It said a one-time fee amounting to P10,000 shall be charged upon submission of complete documents.
Under the revised policy, the CSI is tasked to process the application for accreditation within 20 working days upon receipt of a complete submission.
The Institute is expected to evaluate the submitted documents based on the institution’s legitimacy and compliance to legal and regulatory requirements, financial stability and viability, reputation and expertise, and ethical and professional practice.
“Moreover, a three-person Panel of Experts shall evaluate the submitted designs of the programs, courses, and/or services for certification,” the CSC said.
“Afterwards, CSI shall prepare a comprehensive report indicating the findings and observations, as well as the final recommendation, which will be submitted to the Commission for approval,” it added.
The CSC will then issue a Resolution of Accreditation to signify the approval of the accreditation.
Such resolution indicates the specific titles of the accredited programs, courses, and/or services, and a Certificate of Accreditation, the Commission said.
“The accreditation shall be valid for three years from the date of issuance of the Resolution of Accreditation, subject to possible suspension or revocation for reasonable causes such as significant decrease in satisfaction rating by participants, discrepancies on the submitted documents and requirements that were discovered upon subsequent validation, or unethical business or unprofessional practices.”
The CSC said requests for renewal of accreditation may be submitted online within three months before the expiration of the existing accreditation. Application for renewal is free-of-charge, it said.
The Commission noted that currently, “there are 37 private ALDIs that complement the CSC’s L&D interventions for the bureaucracy. “
It said the updated list of ALDIs may be accessed from its website at csi.csc.gov.ph.