National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) Eligibility Requirements

This has reference to DM-HROD-2021-0152 which provides the eligibility requirements to be qualified to participate in the FY 2021 National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH).

Please be clarified that aspiring School Heads, regardless of their current position, are qualified to take the NQESH, provided that the following requirements are met:

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Qualification Standards (QS) For Principal I Position

Meets the minimum Qualification Standards (QS) for Principal I position stipulated in DepEd Order No. 39, s. 2007 entitled Modified Qualification Standards for the Positions of Head Teachers and Principals.

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Experience Requirements

Has acquired ANY of the following experience requirements as of February 2022:

a. One year as Head Teacher; or

b. Two years as Teacher-in-Charge; or

c. Two years as Master Teacher; or

d. Five years as Teacher III or SPED Teacher; or

e. Five years as an incumbent public-school teacher who has five years of managerial and supervisory experience in a DepEd-recognized private institution or Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized higher education institution.

Documentary Requirements

Those qualified to take the NQESH are encouraged to be familiar with the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) and may start preparing the following documents needed once the registration for the NQESH commences:

a. Approved Individual Performance Commitment and Rating Form (IPCRF) with a rating of at least Very Satisfactory (VS) in the last two (2) consecutive rating periods duly certified by the authorized personnel in the Schools Division Office.

Teachers-In-Charge (TIC) and Head Teachers (HT) acting as School Head is required to secure the Office Performance Commitment and Rating Form (OPCRF);

b. Service Record duly certified by the Administrative Officer of the Schools Division Office; and

c. If applicable:

Designation or Special Order as Teacher-In-Charge (TIC) or Officer-In-Charge signed by the Schools Division Superintendent.

Certification of managerial and administrative experience from DepEd-recognized private institution or CHED-recognized higher education institution signed by the president of the institution.

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Are you taking the March 2022 National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH)?

Join this year’s review sessions and let us equip you with the knowledge to hurdle the difficult test that will be your passport towards your dream of becoming a school head to fill the many vacant Principal I items in the country.