Criminologist

Criminologist refers to a person who is a graduate of the Degree of Criminology, who has passed the examination for criminologists and is registered as such by the Board.

Board refers to Professional Regulatory Board of Criminology in the Philippines.

Except as otherwise specifically allowed in Republic Act 6506, an examination is required to be undergone by all applicants for registration as criminologists. The exam is to be conducted by the Board of Criminology in Manila, Baguio, Legaspi, Cebu, Davao and other places, and dates as the PRC may designate subject to the compliance with the requirements prescribed by the Commission in accordance with PRC Modernization Act of 2000.

Applicants for exam and for a certificate, prior to admission to examination, shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board:
a. He is at least eighteen years of age and a citizen of the Philippines.
b. He must be a person of good moral character, as certified to by at least three persons of good standing in the community wherein he resides.
c. He must not have convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
d. He has a graduated in Criminology from a school, college or institute recognized by the Government after completing a four-year resident collegiate course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminology (B.S. Crim.): Provided, That holders of Bachelor of Laws degree may, within five years after the approval of this Act, take this examination after completing at least ninety-four (94) units of Criminology, Law Enforcement, Police Science and Penology subjects.

Scope of Criminologist Board Examination

The Board may change or revise any of these examination subjects:
1. Criminal jurisprudence and procedure
2. Law enforcement administration
3. Correctional administration
4. Criminalistics
5. Criminal sociology
6. Ethics and human relations

In order to pass the criminologist board exam, an examinee must obtain general average of at least seventy-five percent (75%) with no rating below fifty percent (50%) in any of the subjects.

Oath of Profession

All successful examinees shall be required to take a professional oath before any member of the Board of Criminology or any other person authorized by the PRC or by law before entering their practice.