OFWs Abroad Can Now Renew TESDA Certificates Online

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are currently abroad and have expired National Certificates (NC) and Certificates of Competency (CoC) can now renew their certificates online, TESDA announced.

Also read: Damaged TESDA National Certificate (NC) or Certificate of Competency (COC)

This new online renewal service aims to provide greater convenience for OFWs, allowing them to maintain their qualifications without returning to the Philippines. By enabling digital renewal, TESDA hopes to support the continuous professional development of Filipino workers abroad, ensuring they stay competitive and skilled in their fields.

OFWs in Abroad Can Now Renew TESDA Certificates Online


Here are some of the benefits that OFWs can get from renewing their NCs/CoCs online:

  • Faster processing time: Online renewal ensures quicker handling of certificate applications.
  • Convenience: Requirements can be submitted via email, eliminating the need for physical visits to TESDA offices.
  • E-certificates: Immediate access to downloadable and printable certificates, no waiting for physical copies.
  • Support for OFWs: Reflects TESDA’s commitment to improving services for overseas workers.
  • Ease of compliance: Simplifies the process for OFWs to meet necessary requirements while working abroad.
  • Enhanced competitiveness: Ensures OFWs’ skills and qualifications are up-to-date for the global job market.
  • Promotion of digitalization: Supports government efforts to digitalized processes.

Requirements for Online Renewal

  • Certificate of employment
  • Verified contract
  • Working permit or equivalent
  • Accomplished Application Form
  • High-resolution passport-size colored photo in JPG file format of the certificate owner in corporate attire, or wearing a collared shirt, and with a white background
  • High-resolution photo in JPG file format of three specimen signatures of the certificate holder, in black ink, and on white background
  • Scanned copy of Philippine passport including the immigration entry and exit stamps
  • Scanned copy of any Government-issued ID card with photo and signature

Also read: Apply Replacement of National Certificate (NC) or Certificate of Competency (COC) in TESDA

How to Apply for Renewal

Step 1: Prepare your documents for the renewal of expired or soon-to-expire NCs/CoCs.

Step 2: Draft an email for your application.

Step 3: Attach the necessary documents to your email.

Step 4: Send the email to co.cad@tesda.gov.ph.

Step 5: Wait for processing by the TESDA Certification Office.

Make sure to follow these steps to ensure a smooth and successful application for renewal of your NC/CoC.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the TESDA-issued NC still required for OFW deployment?

A: Yes, the TESDA-issued NC is still required for OFW deployment as mandated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Maritime Industry Authority.

2. What is the purpose of issuing E-Certificates?

A: Issuing E-Certificates strengthens assessment integrity, reduces human interaction, boosts efficiency, and adopts IT solutions for NCs/CoCs. High-resolution photos and scanned copies of passports and government-issued IDs are required.

3. Why is it important for OFWs to have valid NCs/CoCs?

A: Valid NCs/CoCs are crucial for OFWs as proof of skills and qualifications. They help secure jobs abroad, protect rights, and boost Filipino workers’ competitiveness globally.


The new online renewal service for OFWs’ expired NCs/CoCs offers faster processing, convenience, and immediate access to E-certificates. It supports OFWs, simplifies compliance, promotes digitalization, and enhances competitiveness. The requirements and application process are simple and can be done via email. Valid NCs/CoCs are essential for OFWs as proof of skills and qualifications for jobs abroad. If you’re an OFW with an expired or soon-to-expire certificate, use this convenient and efficient service from TESDA to keep your qualifications up-to-date.

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