The Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) is an educational assessment scheme which recognizes knowledge, skills and prior learning obtained by individuals from non-formal and informal educational experiences. By establishing equivalency competence standards and a comprehensive assessment system employing written test, interview, skill, demonstration and other creative assessment methodologies, deputized Higher Education Institution (HEI) may administer competency-based evaluation.

The mandate to implement the program is embodied in Executive Order 330 issued by President Fidel V. Ramos on May 13, 1996 as an offshoot of the Recommendation of the First Employment Summit in 1995. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) accorded the University of St. Louis Tuguegarao as one of the deputized HEI’s in the Region who shall establish a system of equivalent standards of competence and competence-based assessment for the discipline or program that it is accrediting through equivalency.


The Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, as defined by the Commission on Higher Education(CHED), has the following objectives:

  • To accredit and assess prior non-formal and informal learning of individual towards the granting of equivalency certificates and awards in higher education starting 1997;
  • To fully develop the system of equivalency and accreditation in higher education as a bridging mechanism for the flexible entry and exchange between the non-formal and informal systems of higher learning from 1996-1998.
  • To implement the accreditation and equivalency program in ten (10) priority disciplines in forty (40) public and private higher education institutions all over the country by 1998; and
  • To award higher education certificates and degrees to at least one hundred (100) deserving graduates each year starting in 1998.


ETEEAP implements the following policies:

  • Ensuring the highest standards of quality that are acceptable to employers and academe, consistent with international standards of practice of professions;
  • Non-discrimination to entry of participants to the program;
  • Fairness, creativity, and appropriateness of the assessment process;
  • Adherence to the highest principles of integrity and excellence;
  • Partnership between the industry, professional associations, professional regulatory bodies and the academe;
  • Promotion of career guidance, self-evaluation and further competency enhancement.