Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program
The Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) is an alternative education program in the Philippines that allows working professionals who were unable to enroll in college or were not able to complete their college education to earn a bachelor’s degree without going through traditional schooling methods.
The ETEEAP allows professionals with at least five years of work experience to convert their knowledge, skills, experiences, and achievements that they obtained through their jobs into school credit which are then deducted from the total number of units that are required from their chosen degree. Therefore, an ETEEAP student with more work experience can complete their bachelor’s degree in a shorter amount of time.
The ETEEAP operates through Executive Order Number 330, signed by Fidel V. Ramos in 1996. It is administered by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and is offered by selected colleges and universities throughout the Philippines.
ETEEAP vs Traditional Schooling
Traditional college students usually complete their college education within four to five years, depending on the curriculum and the number of units they need to accomplish.
The ETEEAP allows professionals to complete their degree in a shorter amount of time by having their work experience evaluated and converted to academic credits. Most colleges and universities that implement the ETEEAP also offer online courses, so applicants can complete the program without having to attend traditional classroom sessions.
Evaluation of Work Experience
Evaluation of work experience is administered by the school implementing the program. Factors taken into consideration include; years of work experience, job responsibilities, job position, seminars, conventions, trainings, projects, achievements, and citations received throughout the applicant’s employment. These factors each carry different weights, and when combined together, will be converted into a certain amount of units that the applicant earns automatically.
Professionals applying for the ETEEAP are required to take and pass the entrance exam of the school offering their chosen degree. ETEEAP entrance exams are more course-specific, so job knowledge and familiarity of the course the applicant intends to take is very important and will be reflected on the test. The results of the entrance exams will determine how many subjects the applicant will be required to take. Studying for the entrance exams is highly recommended.
ETEEAP courses are usually more expensive than traditional college course, however, given the short amount of time it takes to graduate, this is considered to be money well spent by applicants who graduate from the program.
ETEEAP classes are mostly conducted like traditional college classes. Students gather in a classroom, listen to lectures, recite, do group works, and submit assignments. Due to the shorter time frame to graduation, ETEEAP students should expect the course to be fast-paced and direct. Major projects and theses are usually done individually. Students taking online courses can communicate with the school through emails, messaging applications and video calls.
ETEEAP graduates are awarded their degrees after completing their chosen programs. They go through graduation rites like traditional students, but it is their choice to march and they are given the option to skip the event as well.
ETEEAP applicants must have Filipino citizenship and a high school diploma. Additional qualifications are as follows:
- Has at least five (5) years of work-related experience
- Must be at least twenty-two (22) years old. (Some schools require the applicant to be at least twenty-five (25) years old
- Applicant must be able to show evidence of capability and comprehensive knowledge through the following evidences:
- Certificate of Proficiency issued by the government regulatory board
- Certificate of Proficiency issued by the employer(s)
- Certificate of Proficiency issued by a licensed practitioner in the field