The Criminology Board Examination, also known as the Criminologist Licensure Examination (CLE), is a national licensure exam in the Philippines administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Criminology. It is required for anyone who wants to practice criminology in the country.

Here’s a breakdown of the key information about the CLE:

Who needs to take it?

  • Anyone who wants to work as a criminologist in the Philippines.
  • This includes professionals such as:
    • Law enforcement officers
    • Correctional administrators
    • Criminologists in government agencies
    • Criminology professors and instructors
    • Private security officers
    • Criminology researchers

What are the requirements to take the exam?

  • A Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree from a recognized college or university.
  • A valid NBI clearance.
  • A valid Regional Trial Court (RTC) clearance.
  • Two (2) Certificates of Good Moral Character.
  • Other documents as may be required by the PRC.

What are the exam fees?

  • The current exam fee is P900.00.

What is the exam format?

  • The CLE is a 4-hour exam divided into 4 parts:
    • Part I – Criminal Law and Jurisprudence (20%)
    • Part II – Criminal Investigation (20%)
    • Part III – Correctional Administration (10%)
    • Part IV – Law Enforcement Administration (20%)

How can I prepare for the exam?

  • There are many resources available to help you prepare for the CLE, such as:
    • Review centers
    • Review materials
    • Online resources
    • Previous exams

What are the passing rate and average score for the exam?

  • The passing rate for the CLE varies depending on the exam date. However, it is typically around 30%.
  • The average score for the exam is typically around 70%.

What are the benefits of passing the CLE?

  • The benefits of passing the CLE include:
    • The ability to practice criminology in the Philippines.
    • Higher job opportunities and salaries.
    • Exemption from other government examinations.

Where can I find more information about the CLE?

Schedule of Licensure Examinations for Year 2024

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has already released the Schedule of Licensure Examinations for Year 2024. You can see the full list of examinations, their corresponding dates, and other important information on the PRC website:

Here is a screenshot of the 2024 Schedule of Licensure Examinations from the PRC website:

How to Use the PRC Schedule of Licensure Examinations

  1. Choose the examination you want to take.
  2. Check the date and time of the examination.
  3. Note the deadline for filing of applications.
  4. Be sure to meet all of the requirements for taking the examination.
  5. Apply for the examination online through the PRC website.
  6. Prepare for the examination by using review materials and taking practice exams.
  7. Take the examination on the scheduled date and time.
  8. Wait for the release of the examination results.
  9. If you pass the examination, claim your certificate of registration from the PRC.

Tips for Taking the Licensure Examination

  1. Start studying Early and create a study schedule.
  2. Use a variety of study materials, such as textbooks, review notes, and practice exams.
  3. Join a review center or study group.
  4. Get enough sleep and eat healthy foods.
  5. Stay positive and believe in yourself.

How to Apply Online for the PRC Licensure Exam 2024

Here are the steps on how to apply for the PRC licensure exam online:

  1. Visit the PRC website at
  2. Create an account or log in if you already have one.
  3. Click on the “Examination” tab.
  4. Select the name, type, date, and place of examination.
  5. Click on the “Proceed” button.
  6. Pay the application fee.
  7. Submit the required documents.
  8. Wait for the Notice of Admission (NOA).

Once you have received your NOA, you can proceed to the PRC office to claim your examination permit.

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