The telecentre.org-Philippine CeC Academy (tPCA) is a consortium of members of the Philippine CeC Network (PhilCeCNet) who offer capability building programs for CeC knowledge workers.
The tPCA is the capability-building arm of the PhilCeCNet, the accreditation body for member-programs, and the certifying body on proficiency of CeC knowledge workers in the Philippines and in the region.
The tPCA shall lead in the professionalization of knowledge workers for CeCs. It will accomplish this along five avenues of action:
- Leading in the development and conduct of capability building programs and post-baccalaureate degree courses for Community eCenter knowledge workers in coordination and in collaboration with its accredited members;
- Developing and implementing an accreditation system and standards for courses to be offered by its members;
- Certifying to the proficiency of individual CeC knowledge workers on specific competencies required for specific jobs;
- Designing and implementing research, advocacy and networking programs related to its mandate in the local and global levels; and
- Generating and mobilizing resources for sustainability.
"Highly competent knowledge workers for every Community eCenter"
"To guarantee the availability of highly competent knowledge workers for CeCs through collaboration of institutions unified by a shared purpose to optimize resources and ensure knowledge sharing in order to deliver continuous and relevant capability-building programs, research, certification and advocacy thereby enhancing productivity and sustainability of CeCs in the country and in the region"
The tPCA has five major fnctions:
- Academic Affairs. Undertakes curriculum development, education, training, accreditation, certification and evaluation.
- Research. Conducts studies relevant to Academy and CeC activities, performance and concerns; prepares proposals for fund sourcing and concept papers for partnerships and joint ventures; and produces and disseminates publications of the Academy.
- Extension. Ensures the delivery of the Academy's corporate social responsibility.
- Advocacy and Networking. Educates Academy stakeholder groups on Academy mandate and concerns; initiates the promulgation of legislation and policies that will enable the Academy to pursue its purposes; and initiates and participates in local and global partnerships and joint ventures including knowledge sharing.
- Administration. Supports operations of the Academy.
Membership. Any duly created organization and institution that conducts capability-building programs to address competency needs of CeC workers and has committed itself to the advancement of CeCs is qualified for membership in the tPCA consortium.
An applicant should meet the following requirements:
- Should have been implementing an ICT or CeC-related program for the past two years prior to application;
- Must be a member of the Philippine Community eCenter Network;
- Must have built a good reputation in capability building as attested by at least two charter members of the consortium; and
- Must have the resources to deliver its programs in its area of competence.
Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest supported by the following:
- By-laws and/or charter;
- SEC registration and/or other documents attesting to the juridical personality of the applicant organization/institution;
- Programs undertaken for the past two years and list of participants and/or beneficiaries;
- Table of organization, names and positions of officers and staff;
- Financial statement for the past two years; and
- Endorsement of at least two charter members of the Academy.
Three types of membership exist in the organization:
- Regular Members are charter members and those that have been members in good standing for at least two years.
- Associate Members are members who have been in good standing for less than two years.
- Honorary members are individuals or institutions that provide resources for training and other activities of the Academy.
:: Accreditation and Certification
Accreditation. The Academy shall accredit a member institution according to its area of competency. Accreditation shall be based on a System of Accreditation duly ratified by the members in a General Assembly.
Certification. The Academy shall certify on the proficiency of individual applicants who have undergone accredited courses, again to be based on a System of Certification also ratified by the members in a General Assembly.