Guidance Counselor

Guidance counselor is a natural person who has been registered and issued a valid Certificate of Registration and a valid Professional Identification Card by the Board and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in accordance with Republic Act No. 9258 and by virtue of specialized training performs for a fee, salary or other forms of compensation, the functions of guidance and counseling under Section 3 (a) of R. A. No. 9258

Board refers to Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling in the Philippines.

A licensure examination is required to be undergone by applicants for registration for the practice of Guidance and Counseling. The exam is to be given by the Board in places and dates as the Commission may designate subject to the compliance with the requirements prescribed by the Commission in accordance with Republic Act No. 8981.

In accordance with Section 14 of Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004, a person who possesses the pertinent qualifications required for admission in the examination for registration as a guidance counselor pursuant to the provisions of the said act may be registered without examination.

Applicants for guidance counselor board examination shall, at the time of filing the application:
a. A citizen of the Republic of the Philippines or a foreigner whose country has reciprocity with the Philippines in the practice of Guidance and Counseling.
b. Has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude by a competent court.
c. Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling or in other allied disciplines and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from an institution in the Philippines or abroad recognized and accredited by the CHED.

Scope of Guidance Counselor Board Examination

The examination shall include but not limited to:
1. Philosophical, psychological and sociological foundations of guidance
2. Counseling theories, tools and techniques
3. Psychological testing
4. Organization and administration of guidance services
5. Group process and program development

These subjects and their syllabi may be revised or excluded, and new subjects may be added by the Board.

Based on Section 17 of R. A. No. 9258, in order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a weighted general average of seventy-five percent (75%), with no grade lower than sixty percent (60%) in any given subject.

Oath of Profession

All successful examines shall be required to take an oath of profession before any member of the Board or any officer of the Commission authorized by the PRC, or any officer authorized by law before they start their practice of guidance and counseling profession.

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