Work in South Korea under EPS-TOPIK, Here's a process guide that you must know

I'm pretty sure that you've heard about EPS-TOPIK and the amount of salary made you search about the process on how to apply for it. Yes, salary is about 80k-120k pesos depending on your work. I made a step by step to help you know more about it! (This is written both in English and Filipino for your convenience).




STEP 1: CREATE YOUR E-REGISTRATION ACCOUNT
UNANG STEP: GUMAWA NG E-REGISTRATION ACCOUNT
A. Create an E-registration account in POEA website. Here's the link: POEA eServices
(Gumawa ng E-registration account sa POEA website. Narito ang link: POEA eServices)

Make sure that you'll be the one filling up your e-registration form as they'll be requiring you to submit your personal email address. (Siguruhing ikaw mismo ang sasagot ng iyong E-registration dahil hihingin ang iyong email address.)

For your E-registration, you'll be needing 2x2 clear formal picture and passport photo and details. Both must be scanned for easier upload. (Para sa iyong e-registration, kinakailangan ng scanned at malinaw na kopya ng 2x2 picture at pasaporte. Ito ay kinakailangan mong iupload sa iyong account.)

B. After you fill out everything, just wait for the announcement of POEA on the date of payments. During this time, you are highly encouraged to study the Korean Language both basic and the necessary words related to working environment in South Korea. (Matapos mong sagutan ang lahat ng kailangan, mag-intay sa anunsyo ng POEA kung kailan ang pagbabayad para sa test permit. Sa pagkakataong ito, hinihikayat ang lahat na habang nag-iintay ay mag-aral ng Korean Language tulad ng mga basic na salita at mga kinakailangang mga salita habang nagtatrabaho sa Korea)


STEP 2: STUDY KOREAN LANGUAGE
IKALAWANG STEP: MAG-ARAL NG KOREAN
HRD Korea - EPS Center in the Philippines gives out copies of Korean language book for those who wish to learn the Korean language. This is your key to passing the EPS-TOPIK exam. HRD Korea is located in 2002-A, West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. However, they only announce if there are available books in their office through their Facebook Page so make sure that you follow them to get updates. 

(Ang HRD Korea - EPS Center in the Philippines ay nagbibigay ng kopya ng Korean Language na libro na dinisenyo para sa mga mag-aaral ng EPS-TOPIK at ito ay libreng makukuha sa kanilang opisina na may address na: 2002-A, West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Ngunit, hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay available ang nasabing mga libro kung kaya't hinihikayat ang lahat na ifollow ang kanilang page upang makatanggap ng mga update mula sa kanila.)



If their office is too far from your place or you were not able to score a book during their distribution, then you download a free pdf file here: EPS-TOPIK textbook (The book is free and not for sale. If you have a copy, please do not resell.) (Maari ring makakuha ng downloadable pdf format ng EPS-TOPIK Textbook sa link na ito: EPS-TOPIK textbook (Pinapaalalahanan ang lahat na ang libro ay pinamimigay lamang at labag ito sa batas.)

*Note: You may study in a Language center or you may study all by yourself. There are plenty of free online classes that will help you study the Korean Language too. You may also check on (Sites and Videos for an easy grasp of Korean Language) so you can have an overview of what you must undergo. 

*Note: Hindi required na mag-aral sa Korean Language. Maari kang mag-aral ng libre gamit ang mga online courses o ang PDF file na madodownload sa HRD Korea website. Maari mo ring tignan ang (Sites and Videos for an easy grasp of Korean Language) para sa mga website na makatulong sa iyong pag-aaral.


STEP 3: PAY THROUGH LANDBANK OR GCASH
IKATLONG STEP: MAGBAYAD SA GAMIT ANG LANDBANK O GCASH

Once the announcement has been released regarding the application test permits (this will be notified to you via your e-registration account), then you need to pay through Landbank or Gcash to secure your test permit. This is an online transaction so you just need to indicate your reference number. Paying for the test permit doesn't guarantee that you can already take an exam. 

(Matapos mailabas ang announcement tungkol sa application ng test permits na makikita sa e-registration account, maari na kayong magbayad gamit ang Landbank online payment o Gcash. Ang link na kakailanganin at ang reference number ay nasa e-registration account rin matatagpuan. Tandaan na ang pagbabayad ng online ay hindi nagbibigay ng garantiya na makakapag-exam)

POEA will announce the final list a few days after the final date of payment or will notify you via your e-registration account. Those who aren't lucky to be a part of the exam takers list would get a refund.

(Ang POEA ay magaannunsyo ng final na listahan makalipas ang ilang araw matapos ang final day ng pagbabayad. Ito ay matatagpuan din sa inyong e-registration account. Ang mga hindi pinalad na makakapag-exam ay makakakuha ng proseso sa pagpaparefund.)


STEP 4: WAIT FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF POEA

IKAAPAT NA STEP: MAG-INTAY SA ANUNSYO NG POEA

There are two ways to know if you are a part of the list, one is by the list announced by POEA and the second one is by checking your passport number on their website. There are cases that names weren't on the POEA released list but when they checked it on the website of HRD Korea using their passport number, they were included. Once verified, you can already get your admission ticket for the exam.

(May dalawang paraan upang malaman kung ikaw ba ay parte ng mga makakakuha ng exam. Una, makikita ang iyong registration number at pangalan sa listahan na ilalabas ng POEA. Ikalawa naman ay sa paraan ng paghahanap sa mismong website ng HRD Korea gamit ang iyong passport number. May mga pagkakataong wala sa listahan na unang nirelease ni POEA ang pangalan ngunit pagtinignan sa HRD Korea ay naroroon kung kaya't mas hinihikaya't ang lahat na gawin ang pangalawa. Matapos nito ay kinakailangan mo na lang kunin ang iyong admission ticket.)


STEP 5: TAKE YOUR EXAM (PBT OR CBT)
IKALIMANG STEP: KUMUHA NG EXAM (PBT O CBT)

Your admission ticket would indicate if you are taking Paper Based Test (PBT) or Computer Based Test (CBT). If you are taking PBT, a list of names including the testing area will be released afterward. PBT is earlier than CBT. Usually, PBT is conducted in huge universities around the Philippines.

(Sa iyong admission ticket ang magsasabi kung ikaw ay kukuha ng Paper Based Test PBT o Computer Based Test CBT. Kung ikaw ay kukuha ng PBT, may listahan ng testing areas na ilalabas kasama ng petsa kung kailan ka maaring kumuha ng exam, kadalasang nauuna ang PBT kaysa sa CBT at ginaganap ang PBT sa mga malalaking unibersidad sa Pilipinas.)


As for CBT, exam takers will be scheduled for a computer based exam at the POEA office located in Blas Ople Building, Ortigas Ave, Mandaluyong City. This test has the same parts as the PBT including the listening and reading part.

(Para sa mga kukuha ng CBT, ang exam ay nakaschedule lamang sa opisina ng POEA at ito ay nangangailangan ng paggamit ng computer. Ang opisina ng POEA ay nasa Blas Ople Building, Ortigas Ave, Mandaluyong City. Ang CBT ay mayroon ring listening at reading part.)


STEP 6:  TAKE THE SKILLS TEST
IKAANIM NA STEP: KUMUHA NG SKILLS TEST
The skills test is designed for different industries offered by South Korea including manufacturing, construction, fishery, agriculture and etc. As for the Philippines, they only allow factory workers to work in South Korea under the manufacturing industry. 

(Ang skills test ay dinisenyo para sa iba't ibang industriya sa South Korea tulad ng manufacturing, construction, fishery, agriculture at iba pa. Para sa bansang Pilipinas, pinapayagan lamang ang mga Pilipino na magtrabaho bilang factory worker sa ilalim ng EPS-TOPIK at ito ay sa sektor ng manufacturing.)
During the skills test, a set of different skill test materials is pre-positioned and everyone is required to pass through it. They also have a basic Korean language introduction test that would be checked by native Koreans.

(Sa skills test, iba't ibang mga materyales ang nakahanda at bibigyan ka ng instructions kung papaano ito gagawin. Lahat ng ito ay kailangan mong pagdaanan. Karagdagan pa rito ay ang Basic na Korean Language Introduction at ito ay ikokonduct ng isang native na Korean.)

STEP 7: CREATE AN EPS ACCOUNT AND WAIT FOR YOUR CONTRACT
IKAPITONG STEP: GUMAWA NG EPS ACCOUNT AT INTAYIN ANG KONTRATA
Once you passed the skills test,  your name will be included in a pool of EPS-TOPIK passers wherein Korean business owners will select their preferred employees to be using this pool. This could last from weeks up to more than two years to make sure that you check your EPS account once in a while. The EPS account is automatically created using EPS-TOPIK ID: 16 digit serial number and result sheet number issued when the result of EPS-TOPIK is announced. (e.g. 0012011P20000001).

(Pagkatapos makapasa ng skills test, ang iyong pangalan ay malalagay sa roosters list ng EPS-TOPIK kung saan ang listahan na ito ay pagpipilian ng mga business owners na Koreans na maari niyong maging boss pagdating ng Korea. Ang pag-iintay ay maaring ilang linggo lamang hanggang lagpas dalawang taon. Ang EPS account ay automatic na magagawa sa oras na makapasa sa exam at mailabas ang listahan. Halimbawa sa pagawa ay ang paggamit ng EPS-TOPIK ID : 6 digit serial number, kasama ito ng result sheet (halimbawa: 0012011P20000001).


STEP 8: UNDERGO TRAINING UNDER EPS-TOPIK IN POEA
IKAWALONG STEP: KUMUHA NG TRAINING SA POEA PARA SA EPS-TOPIK
Before departure, you need to undergo training under POEA for Korean language refresher. You also need your medical records and other papers required by POEA for your pre-departure. 

(Bago ang iyong pag-alis, kinakailangan munang mag-undergo ng training sa POEA na may kinalaman sa Korean Language upang paghandaan ang iyong pag-alis. Kailangan mo ring ihanda ang iyong medical records at iba pang papeles na hihingin ng POEA bilang parte ng proseso ng EPS-TOPIK bago ang iyong pag-alis!


Good luck on your journey in South Korea! The process listed here might change every year so the list will be updated once in a while.

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