Congratulations for passing the chemist licensure examination! After years of studying to earn your bachelor’s degree, after all these months (perhaps years even!) of reviewing either on your own or with a group, after answering questions from the five core subjects in the two-day board exam, you are now part of an elite few who passed it, an elite few who will further mold the shape of the chemistry profession in our country.
But what comes after it? How can you help improve the state of chemistry in the Philippines with your newfound profession? The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) is more than happy to offer assistance on this matter.
Being the “RCh” Kid
Just like medical doctors who may affix MD after their names, a registered chemist like you may add RCh after your name; this is according to Section 38 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10657, otherwise known as the Chemistry Profession Act of 2015.
But having it does not mean you can flaunt it anywhere. You may include it in your curriculum vitae; in a professional sense, you may add it when you are certifying the results of laboratory analyses. However, it is not to be used as a bragging right, like when ordering at a coffee shop or filling up certain registration forms that do not require such to be written. Other acts that taint the chemistry profession are highly discouraged and may be subject to disciplinary action when needed.
Head of (Chemical) Household
Aside from performing chemical analyses and syntheses, a registered chemist can become the head of a chemical laboratory, as well as supervise chemical work done in a chemical laboratory; no other professional (such as a chemical engineer) must become a chemical laboratory’s supervisor or head. You are also able to oversee your laboratory’s purchase of chemicals and chemical equipment.
In the academic setting, only registered chemists may teach professional chemistry subjects in an educational institution’s BS-Chemistry program, or offer review classes for examinees about to take the chemist licensure examination.
For more on this, kindly click on the link of the IRR above.
Seal is the Deal
According to Section 37 of the IRR, each registered chemist must obtain his or her own chemist seal. Have you had the chance to go to a government office to notarize some papers just so they can be declared as true? This is very much like it. Results of laboratory analyses, certification reports, and other official documents must bear this seal, in addition to your signature, so the public may know that such papers are indeed correct.
This chemist seal is durable and should last a long time. Click on this link to purchase your own chemist seal.
Welcome to the ICP
The ICP is the accredited professional organization of all registered chemists in the country. As a bona fide chemist, you may now apply as a regular member of the ICP. Once the appropriate fees have been paid, your membership to the ICP is good for three years.
The ICP organizes events such as seminars and conferences frequently to further enrich the general public on timely and relevant matters concerning the chemistry profession. These events come with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units as the ICP is a recognized CPD provider; collecting the necessary number of CPD units is required whenever you need to renew your license. By joining the ICP as a regular member, you may avail of discounted registration fees to such events, and even in the annual Philippine Chemistry Congress. Plus, you get to bond with your fellow ICP members during such events, share best practices with them, and formulate solutions to enhance our country through chemistry. If helping other chemists is your thing, you may even run as an ICP board officer!
Click on this link to learn how to become an active ICP member.
With great power comes great responsibility, or so the famous comic quote goes. Being a registered chemist is not just an achievement; it is also a commitment. The designation RCh may be just three letters, but it carries so much weight once you affix it after your name. So, go out there and put this great power of yours to good use!