Whether planning to work as a Professional/Skilled Worker or Domestic Worker, all Filipinos aspiring to work overseas should secure their Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Certificate. The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) or previously the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) requires this certificate when applying for Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). With that said, read on as we share how to register and get the PEOS certificate and its modules.
The Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) is the initial step to acquiring an overseas job, which prepares Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). It includes fundamental topics regarding employment abroad, workers’ rights and obligations, job matching, employment contracts, and scams. PEOS is a client-specific and self-instructional education program that DMW requires for future OFWs. So the seminar providers may add modules that suit their client’s best interests.
This seminar is made possible through the collaboration of DMW, WorkAbroad.ph, and Jobstreet.com, which serve as a preventive measure to fight illegal recruitment. Moreover, Jobstreet.com made PEOS available online through digital devices and modules for Domestic Workers. Thus, aspiring OFWs no longer have to visit DMW training venues to prepare them for working abroad. With PEOS, future OFWs can learn essential skills and knowledge to help them navigate in their destination country.
What is a PEOS Certificate?
The Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Certificate is a mandatory requirement of DMW for prospective OFWs to secure their OEC. To get the PEOS Certificate, workers should complete the online program and pass the assessment test. It serves as training for future OFWs by providing them with adequate information about their job abroad before leaving. In addition, it educates them about illegal recruitment and ensures smooth paperwork and documentation procedures.
Considering that PEOS intends to prepare Filipino workers before traveling and working abroad, OFWs with PEOS certificates will reap the following benefits:
- It’s for individuals planning to become OFWs.
- The PEOS certificate does not expire and is valid lifetime.
- The PEOS online program is free.
- It provides future OFWs with country-specific details.
- It includes modules that guide OFWs with airport processes, contract signing, embassy protocols, pre-departure orientation, living in the host country, and visa application procedures.
- Understand OFW’s work environment in the host country to prepare them emotionally and mentally.
- Learn the rights and obligations of OFWs based on the Migrant of Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.
There are no strict qualifications to obtain PEOS Certificate. It’s open to all Filipinos who plan to work abroad. On the other hand, the following should register and secure their PEOS Certificate:
- Newly hired employees without deployment records in DMW
- Filipinos looking for land-based jobs abroad for the first time
- Filipinos who need to complete Pre-employment Requirements
But before you attend PEOS online, please prepare the following DMW e-Registration Credentials:
- E-Registration Number
- Last Name
- First Name
Also, ensure your digital device has a stable internet connection.
Modules under PEOS
It will take 60 minutes to complete the PEOS online seminar and has eight learning modules with five questions each to help Filipinos in pursuing their career abroad, including:
Module 1: Pricest
The PRICEST module is all about the life of OFWs and covers the following topics:
- Physical Mobility- It discusses certain countries with movement restrictions, such as the Middle East.
- Relationships- Applicants will learn the realities of being far away from loved ones.
- Income and Expenses- This topic informs applicants on the cost of living in certain countries and how it affects income despite the possible salary while working abroad.
- Career Movement and Job Security- This section explains that workers have fewer chances to advance their careers in other countries. It also informs prospective workers that being layoff is possible in case there is a war, pandemic, or economic problem in the host country.
- Environment- Prospective workers will learn to adapt to their working environment, from culture and language to time and climate differences.
- Skill Set- It explains how important it is to obtain the right skills and experience for their position.
- Time- This part explains that being on time is vital when working abroad and how it differs from Filipino Time.
Module 2: Job Search
Under this module, prospective workers will get information on varying employment application channels abroad, documentary requirements, and the importance of OEC.
Module 3: Forewarned, Forearmed
This module tackles all the types of illegal recruitment scams and how to avoid them.
Module 4: The Price is Right
It explains all the payables for future OFWs, from pre-departure to government fees. It also helps prospective workers to determine if an agency is asking for a reasonable amount.
Module 5: Seal the Deal
This part includes tips before signing a contract and the list of minimal provisions that should be in the foreign employment contract.
Module 6: Country Information
It contains different modules regarding Asia, America, Europe, and the Middle East. This module provides country-specific information, such as lifestyle, climate, food, culture, practices, policies, and etiquette.
Module 7: Healthy and Safe
This module tackles the prevention of common diseases that OFWs may encounter overseas.
Module 8: DMW Cares
Finally, the last module is about the mandate and function of DMW. It provides information on the regional offices and extension units of DMW and how the agency can assist OFWs in times of difficulty.
How to register and get PEOS Certificate?
Back in the day, PEOS is only available at DMW training centers across the Philippines, where aspiring OFWs should attend the seminar in batches. Today, PEOS is accessible online anytime and anywhere. But first, applicants should create an e-Registration account on DMW Online Services Portal. Then, follow the steps below to register and get PEOS Certificate online:
- On your browser, search for PEOS Online and click the first result. You may also click the PEOS website to visit the online platform directly.
- Fill out the required fields, including your DMW E-Registration Number and Last and First Name.
- Select the Module Type and click Proceed.
- Once signed in, read the eight (8) learning modules on the first page and click Proceed.
- Ensure you understand the contents since you should complete each module’s assessment test.
- Click Check your Answer after answering the questions to determine your score. Also, you can retake the tests until you pass all of them.
- After answering the last module, a message will appear “Congratulations on completing the PEOS Online!”
- Beside the congratulatory notification, click the Print Certificate button to get your PEOS Certificate. Then, click Print on the drop-down menu to download your PEOS certificate.
The PEOS certificate contains a barcode, the applicant’s name, the PEOS number, and the date of completion of the online seminar. Once you get your PEOS certificate, you can apply for jobs abroad or request your OEC. But remember, foreign countries only require a copy of OEC for job applications. So keep your PEOS certificate or save a copy for future use.
Reminders for PEOS Certificate
For Filipinos who wish to work abroad, please take note of the following reminders when obtaining the PEOS certificate:
- The PEOS Certificate and online seminar are free of charge.
- DMW provides the PEOS seminar through the PEOS online website.
- Prospective OFWs should first create an e-Registration account on DMW Online Services Portal to get PEOS Certificate.
- The PEOS Certificate is only for first-time or aspiring OFWs. So former or returning OFWs no longer need to process their PEOS again.
- The PEOS Certificate is valid lifetime.
- Aspiring OFWs should obtain their PEOS certificates to get their OEC.
- PEOS contains eight (8) modules, each with a five-question assessment test.
Video: POEA Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar | PEOS Certificate Online 2022
For more information on PEOS Certificate, please watch the video below:
As stated in the video, PEOS Certificate is required when applying for a job and when departing the Philippines to work overseas. It’s accessible online and requires the DMW e-Registration credentials to proceed. The seminar contains eight (8) modules with questions at the end that serve as an assessment test. After completing the tests, the PEOS Certificate can be downloaded and printed online.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to register for PEOS?
How to get a PEOS Certificate?
Visit this link to get PEOS Certificate. Complete the modules and pass the assessment tests to download and print PEOS Certificate online.
How long is PEOS Certificate valid?
PEOS Certificate doesn’t expire and is valid lifetime.
What is the purpose of the PEOS Certificate?
The PEOS Certificate is training to prepare prospective OFWs for overseas employment and to protect them against illegal recruitment.
How long is the PEOS seminar?
The PEOS seminar will only take 60 minutes to complete.
Are OEC and PEOS the same?
No, it’s not the same. PEOS is a comprehensive seminar that provides a certificate once completed. Then, use the PEOS Certificate when applying for OEC, which serves as a clearance pass for OFWs before leaving the Philippines.
Overall, PEOS Certificate is essential when obtaining OEC. It also educates prospective OFWs with the necessary information that prepares them to adapt, survive, and navigate in their destination country. Apart from that, PEOS is available online for free to all Filipinos planning to work abroad. This seminar features learning modules, where they can learn the realities of life of OFWs and country-specific information. Thus, aspiring OFWs should secure their PEOS certificates.
Department of Migrant Workers- PEOS Online
Address: Welfare Education and Welfare Monitoring Division | PEOS
2nd Floor, Blas F. Ople building, Ortigas Avenue, corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Hotline Number: 722-11-85