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No degree? No problem!

Everything you need to know about ETEEAP and how to get that coveted college degree

By Patricia May P. Catan
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EARNING a bachelor’s degree is what everyone yearns for, but not everyone has or had the luxury of time and education to even start or finish a degree. Luckily, there’s an alternative learning system specifically designed for working professionals who wish to earn that degree while taking credit of their years of job experience at the same time. For those who are not familiar, this program is called ETEEAP and here’s everything you need to know about it.

What is ETEEAP?

ETEEAP stands for Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program. It is an alternative education program in the Philippines for working professionals who either did not finish or go through college. That means, participants need not go through traditional schooling.

How legit is ETEEAP?

Then President Fidel V. Ramos created ETEEAP by virtue of Executive Order 330 on May 10. 1996. Colleges or universities that wish to offer it as part of their academic programs must gain the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), which administers the program.

What is the difference between ETEEAP and traditional schooling?

In the traditional method, students need four or five years to finish college, but with ETEEAP, professionals can earn their degree in roughly a year or less, since their professional experiences get evaluated and used in exchange for academic credits.

How are professional experiences evaluated?

The evaluation of the applicant’s professional experience depends on the school implementing the program, but the applicant’s years of working experience, job responsibilities, job position, seminars and trainings attended, projects headed or undertaken, and achievements and citations received throughout the course of his employment are usually taken into consideration.

Is there an entrance examination for ETEEAP?

ETEEAP applicants must take and pass the entrance exam of the school offering the program. Unlike the traditional college entrance exams, ETEEAP entrance exams are more course-specific depending on the applicant’s job.

How much does the program cost?

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