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Everything You Need To Know About The Criminology Board Exam

Do you love solving crimes and mysteries? (It’s okay. Puzzle games count!)

If these things put you at the edge of your seat, then pursuing a career in criminology might just interest you!

In simple terms, criminology is the study of crime. It will put you front and center at the scene of the crime! Are you up for the challenge? (This is your chance, detective.)

If you’re ready to put your detective skills to good use and solve crimes IRL or on a professional level, then we say get your degree ready and familiarize yourself with the Criminology Board Exam! Are you ready?


What is the Criminology Board Exam?

The Criminologist Licensure examination is one of the 43 annual board exams conducted by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC). This exam screens aspiring criminologists in the country based on the standards written in the Republic Act No. 11131 or the Philippine Criminology Profession Act of 2018.

If you’re dead-set on being a certified criminologist, passing the exam is a must!


What is the coverage of the Criminology Board Exam?

Study hard and smart for the Criminology Board Exam! Based on the PRC memo released by the PRC Board for Criminologists, here are the following subjects that will be included in the exam.


Exam Percentage

Criminal Jurisprudence, Procedure & Evidence


Law Enforcement Administration


Crime Detection and Investigation (CDI)




Correctional Administration


Sociology of Crimes and Ethics


Due to the recent shift to the K-12 academic curriculum, there might be some changes in the exam coverage. For more specific topics included in each subject area, check out the complete exam syllabus. (You can thank us later!)


What is the passing rate for the Criminology Board Exam?

Ever wonder what grade to aim for to be a licensed criminologist? To pass the Criminology board exam, you’ll need to have a general average of at least 75% with no less than 60% in any subtest. If you make the overall cut but fail in a subject, you’ll need to retake only that given subtest and get an 80% rating to pass the exam.

How are our aspiring criminologists faring in the exams? Here’s the trend of the Criminology Board Exam passing rates over the last three years.

Exam Date

No. of Passers

Total No. of Examinees

Passing Rate

December 2018

14,324 41,341


June 2018




December 2017




June 2017

5,202 20,819


October 2016




April 2016





What are the eligibility requirements of the Criminology Board Exam?

Are you eligible to take the exam? Based on the PRC memo for the Criminology Board Exam, applicants must be able to meet the following criteria.

  • Filipino citizen/ foreign citizen whose country/state adheres to the Philippine practice of criminology;
  • In good health and is of good moral character;
  • A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Criminology;
  • Has completed a refresher course certificate*;
  • Has no criminal record which involves moral turpitude;
  • Has complied with other requirements prescribed by the PRC.

*Only applicable for applicants who failed five (5) times prior to the exam


What are the application requirements of the Criminology Board Exam?

So you’re qualified to take the Criminology Board Exam! The next step in the process is to prepare the necessary documents for the exam. Here are the following requirements you need to proceed with your application:

  • NSO/PSA Birth Certificate
  • NSO/PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  • Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • RTC Clearance
  • Three (3) Certificate of Good Moral Character*
  • Examination fee payment (Php 900)

*PRC only recognizes certificate from the following: Barangay Chairman, School Dean, Employer, and Parish Priest


When is the Criminology Board Exam scheduled?

Like most licensure tests, the Criminology Board Exam happens twice a year! This three-day test usually falls on June and November but can change depending on the schedule released by the PRC. Based on the 2019 licensure exams schedule, here are the upcoming dates you should take note for the next exams!


Days Place Opening of Online Processing Deadline in Filing of Applications

Target Release Date of Exam Results

June 9, 10 & 11 Sunday, Monday & Tuesday Manila

All Regional Offices


December 26, 2018 April 10, 2019 July 2, 2019
November 29, 30 & December 1 Friday, Saturday & Sunday Manila

All Regional Offices
General Santos and Rosales


June 17, 2019 September 30, 2019 January 8, 2020

Keep in touch with the latest board exam news! Make sure to check out the PRC official website and Facebook page. You don’t want to miss out on the exam, right?


How do you apply for the Criminology Board Exam?

Gone are the days when you have to wait in long lines and spend a whole day (or more) just to process your exam application. Thanks to online technology, you can now do it in the comfort of your own home! Just access the PRC’s Licensure Examination and Registration Information System (LERIS) portal and start your application!

Here’s a quick overview of your exam application process:

  1. Prepare all your requirements.
  2. Register and set up your LERIS account.
  3. Select the Criminologist Licensure Examination tab.
  4. Schedule an appointment with PRC.
  5. Choose your preferred payment method and pay for the exam fee.
  6. Print your application form.
  7. Proceed to the PRC on your appointment date and submit your requirements.

P.S. Please don’t forget your LERIS account after your boards. You’ll still need it for other PRC-related processes. Write your log-in credentials somewhere safe for easy reference!


Where can I check the Criminology Board Exam results?

Sure, the exam’s challenging and all. But have you ever tried waiting for exam results? (We know the feeling y’all!) Don’t worry too much, though. For the Criminology Board Exam, you’ll just have to wait around two weeks after the exam date before the results are released.

To check the results, just go to the PRC official website for the complete list of passers and top performing schools, or you can also check the online verification portal to view your exam status. Just type in your personal information and exam details!

If you’re taking the exam this year, you can expect the results on July 2, 2019 (Tuesday) for the June exam and January 8, 2020 (Wednesday) for the November-December exam.


We’re calling it. There’s no telling the adventures you will have as a criminologist! Fuel your love for crime-solving and sense of justice through this profession. For starters, by slaying your Criminology Board Exam and following the clues to your future! *wink wink*

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