ESP - Philippines

Accreditation of Private Extension Service Providers, ESPs, Philippines




Institution/Organization offering the Certificate

Agricultural Training Institute of the Philippine Department of Agriculture


Name of the Certificate

Accreditation of Private Extension Service Providers, ESPs


Contact information


What is the target group?

Private organizations that can assist the federal government in providing agricultural and fisheries extension services, such as:

-          Rural-based organizations

-          Cooperatives

-          NGOs

-          Multinational companies

What are the entry requirements?

·      Positive image and high degree of credibility among stakeholders

·      Membership in or affiliation with any reputable local, national or international federation

·      Accumulated experience of not less than five years in Agriculture and Fisheries Extension work using participatory/community-based approaches and documented positive impact on stakeholders

·      Must be able to administer training, have training designs and have summary of evaluation results of at least ten trainings conducted for the last five years

·      Must have at least one trainer and five faculty-on call or resource persons who: possess appropriate education and work experience of at least five years; have undergone at least 40 hours of training in trainers skills/presentation skills and related areas; must be a registered professional; must be capable of developing training designs, modules, visual aids and evaluation tools; and must have effective communication skills, as well as presentation/facilitating style

What are the desired outcomes / learning objectives of this program in terms of skills, knowledge, attitudes?


What is the structure and duration? Part time/full time?


Where are the courses as such held? Online/face to face? At which institution?

No courses, but a list of items the aspiring ESP must submit include staff, facilities, legal documents, technical documents and financial documents.

What kind of “assignments” need to be completed? Is there an experiential learning component? A research project or thesis?


What is the cost of this certificate? (e.g., tuition cost; or describe funding model)

Application fee – Php 500 (~US$ 11.50)

Accreditation fee – Php 12,000 for national ESPs and 7,500 for local ESPs (~US$ 274 and US$ 171, respectively)

Is this certification linked with a professional association? Is the certificate a pre-requisite for membership? Does a professional association provide oversight of this program or merely an endorsement?


Does this certification result in a license to practice in extension? Is such a license (or certificate) mandatory to practice or just optional?


Is there a requirement for maintaining the certification (e.g., CCA has to do 40 hours of continued education every 2 years)

Accreditation lasts three years, with ESP eligible to apply for renewal six months before date of expiry.

Who provides oversight for this program? (Accreditation)

Agriculture Training Institute



One form of certification required of Extension workers and other agriculturists providing rural advisory services is what is required under the Professional Regulation Commission. This is the Licensure Examination for Agriculturists which is administered by the Board of Examiners ( Agriculture). 

(Dr. Virginia Cardenas, pers. Communication, August 2011)