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Benefits of ACRP Certification
The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) offers a number of benefits for obtaining membership and certification.
- Globally accepted and recognized certification
- Shows competency in job specific skills
- Demonstrates understanding of industry
- Demonstrates understanding of GCP, FDA, ICH
- Exhibits professionalism
The mission of ACRP is “To provide global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession.”
You do not have to become certified to become a member, although you may find the benefits of certification are worth the additional costs.
ACRP is recognized by thousands of clinical research professionals across the globe. The certification demonstrates your ability to be competent in job skills specific to clinical research.
As the demand for clinical research professionals increases so does the demand for trained professionals who can demonstrate their competencies. The ACRP certification process ensures that research associates, study coordinators, investigators, and physician investigators have a thorough understanding of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines.
Recognition as a Professional
With a passing score on the exam you will have earned the title of a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA), Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC), or Certified Physician Investigator (CPI), or Certified Trial Investigator (CCTI) . The most common testing is for the research associate (CRA) and the study coordinator (CRC).
Continuing Education Required
The certification is based on a combination of education, experience and testing. Having certification requires more than just applying and taking the test. You need to earn continuing education credits to maintain your certification.
Talk to the professionals you’ve worked with. Consider if the additional cost of the application fee, testing, and maintenance of the contact hours is worth the benefits described above. Another option would be to consider SOCRA certification, which is also targeted for research professionals.
- ACRP = Associate of Clinical Research Professionals, Inc.
- CCRC = Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
- CCRA = Certified Clinical Research Associate
- CPI = Certified Physician Investigator
- CTI – Certified Trial Investigator
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