ACRP vs. SOCRA
How to Choose Between ACRP and SOCRA Certification
Clinical research professionals will recognize both non-profit organizations actively recruiting members: ACRP and SOCRA. The Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Inc. (ACRP) is nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1976 and has grown tremendously in size of the last 30 years to now over 20,000 members worldwide. The Society of Clinical Research Associates, Inc. (SOCRA) is a nonprofit corporation that now has over 6,000 members worldwide.
Both ACRP and SOCRA have similar missions, to ensure quality clinical research, promote global protection of research participants, and to offer clinical research professionals educational opportunities and resources. So how do you distinguish between these organizations? How do you choose which membership best fits your needs as a clinical research professional?
If you are looking to become certified consider what you are trained to do professionally. ACRP has examinations that offer certification for Clinical Research Associates (CRA), Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC), and Physician Investigators (CPI). Certification enhances your skill set and can be used as a measure of your general skills and knowledge of clinical research. SOCRA has examinations that offer certification for the Clinical Research Professional (CRP). Please see the website links below to access eligibility information for each certification.
In order to maintain your membership in either organization, you need to earn continuing education credits. Educational opportunities are offered through both groups.
ACRP now offers online forums where members can discuss questions and concerns regarding clinical research. You need to be a member of ACRP to access the online community information. The cost of membership for ACRP is currently higher than membership into SOCRA. The purpose of the online community is to offer networking opportunities with other professionals. You can choose to become members of both organizations.
Both ACRP and SOCRA have global annual conferences to offer educational opportunities, contact hours, and networking opportunities. Keep in mind that even with a membership into these organizations there is still cost to attend educational programs.
ACRP vs. SOCRA - Side By Side Comparison
*ACRP – Association of Clinical Research Professionals
*SOCRA – Society of Clinical Research Professionals
Certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) or Clinical Research Associate (CRA) or Certified Physician Investigator (CPI)
Certified as Clinical Research Professional (CRP)
Must be a Member of ACRP (150.00 per year)
Must be a member of SOCRA ($75 per year)
Develop a CV or resume documenting two years of clinical research experience and current job description
Two years of full time employment working as a clinical research professional
Become titled as a CCRC, CCRA, or CCPI
Become titled as a CCRP
Membership Fee $150 /yr
Membership Fee: $75/year
Exam Fee $340.00 and Certification Application Fee $100.00 (non refundable)
Application Fee of $195 (one time)
Renewal Fee $150 annually
Renewal Fee $100 (every 3 years)
Certified for 2 years, then you can renew with 24 contact hours of continuing education credits,
Certified for 3 years, then you can renew with 45 hours of continuing education credits, completion of a quiz, and a renewal fee of $100.
80% passing rate
Study guide available for $50.
*All the fees mentioned are subject to change.
How Do You Choose?
If you need to choose between SOCRA and ACRP certification, consider your job title, roles, and budget. Overall, ACRP maybe more expensive, but certification as a CCRC is specific to the role of the clinical trial coordinator, whereas CCRP covers a wide spectrum of clinical research roles.
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Links to the ACRP and SOCRA Websites
- SoCRA The Society of Clinical Research Associates, Inc., is a non-profit, professional organization
Home page for the Society of Clinical Research Associates. A professional organization to promote excellence in the field of clinical trials.
- ACRP - Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Mission: To provide global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession.
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