LET Application Guidelines
Here is an updated step-by-step guideline for those applying for the LET board exams at the Professional Regulation Commission.
I. ONLINE APPLICATION
BEFORE you go to the PRC office for application, make sure that you've accomplished the online application first (visit http://www.prc.gov.ph/online/application/apply.aspx to do this) so that you won't have to line up for this in PRC. The PRC officers won't process your application if you haven't accomplished the online application yet.
Although searching for the needed documents online is recommended, I find that this sometimes causes confusion. I arrived at the gates of PRC at around 6 am - and there was already a looooong line of applicants. Mind you, you'll be applying with exam takers of different professions (like Accountancy and Engineering for instance). While waiting for the gates to open, vendors around the area (carrying pastes, pens, brown envelopes, etc) will offer you their merchandise. Here's my tip: do not buy anything from outside vendors if you don't want to be stressed once inside PRC. Don't be swayed by the vendors' sales talks, "Ma'am/Ser glue at brown envelope para sa board application kailangan niyo po yan". You can buy the documentary stamp and metered white window envelope inside the PRC for a lower price compared to those being sold by outside vendors. Glue will be provided inside PRC, and you won't need the brown envelope at all (I learned this the hard way). TAKE NOTE: This is for LET applicants only, I'm not aware of the guidelines for other professional board exam takers. Here's a list of all the things you'll need:
1. Three (3) pieces passport size pictures - white background with complete name tag (doesn't matter if your surname or first name is written first, as long as you have your COMPLETE name at the bottom of your passport picture)
2. Documentary Stamp - This is priced at around Php 21. You can buy one inside PRC (ground floor, near the entrance gate). Outside vendors sell this for more than Php 30.
3. TOR - Bring the original copy and have a photocopy/xerox copy. The PRC officer will get only the photocopy. Take note: Please make sure that your TOR have "FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY" remarks because otherwise, the PRC officers will tell you to return with the correct TOR.
4. Birth Certificate - Bring the original copy and a photocopy/xerox copy.
5. Marriage Certificate - This is for married applicants only, of course. Don't forget to bring both the original and photocopy.
6. Community Tax Certificate/Cedula - Bring your current year cedula. There's no need to photocopy this, the PRC officers won't get it anyway, you just need to copy your cedula number on the forms to be given during processing.
7. White window envelope - Do not buy from vendors outside PRC because the PRC officers will reject those bought outside. You can buy this for about Php 25 on the 4th floor of PRC. In my case, someone sold these while we were waiting in line for Step 3 on the 3rd floor.) It looks like this:
As far as I know, and according to my experience, these items are all that you need. You might hear other applicants mentioning about their NBI clearance but fret not because those are for other board applicants.
My classmates/friends applied yesterday (4 August 2015, few days away from the deadline) and I kind of pitied them because they went at the PRC office at 8am and finished at 5pm. IMAGINE THAT. But by some stroke of luck, I managed to finish everything in about two hours. I arrived at the PRC office at around 6am. They opened the gates at around 7am. We were ushered to the 3rd floor (one stop processing - all the steps were done on that floor, we didn't have to go to any other floor unlike what happened to my friends). I guess I was lucky that on the day I applied, they decided to hold the application process on one floor only (for all the steps).
Step 1 (PRE-ASSESSMENT): The PRC officers will collect one of your passport photos for scanning. You will also pass the original and photocopy copy of your TOR and birth certificate (and marriage certificate if you're married) for pre-assessment. In this step, they will check if the information on both the original and photocopies of your documents are exactly the same. They will get only the photocopies of your documents (you get to keep the original copies). You will also be given a form (roughly the size of a 1/2 index card). It looks something like this:
While waiting for Step 2, make sure that you accomplish your form completely and correctly. For the "Profession/Board Of" near the upper right corner, you may write either TEACHERS or LET/ELEM (for BEEd) or LET/SECONDARY (for BSEd). There's a glue and stamp pad (for your thumb mark) available in the room where you will process your application so there's no need for you to bring/buy paste.
Step 2 (PROCESSING): Wait for your name to be called. Once called, they will give another form to fill out (this time on a long bond paper which is stapled together with your photocopied documents). For your guidance, they will mark/check the areas you need to accomplish. In this form, you will need to paste/glue the documentary stamp (it's indicated naman where you need to put the documentary stamp - it's on the bottom left of the form) and you will also need the help of the stamp pad again for your thumb mark.
Step 3 (PAYMENT): Once you've accomplished the form, proceed to Step 3 (Payment). Just wait in line. You'll pay Php 900 (for first time takers). I'm not sure how much you'll need to pay if you're a repeater. Make sure to bring the exact amount.
Step 4 (ISSUANCE): HURRAY! You're on the last step! :) For this step, just wait for your name to be called. They'll give you your Notice of Admission (NOA) slip. Before leaving the room, make sure that all information printed on your NOA are all correct. During my application, one applicant complained of a mistake in her NOA because although all the other information were correct (Name, Exam name, Exam place, etc), a different photo was shown on her NOA. So always make sure to double check your NOA before leaving the PRC. The NOA looks like this:
For fellow LET takers, good luck on your application and good luck on our exam! God bless us all!
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