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Benefits of ACRP Certification

Updated on July 30, 2011

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.

Key Terms

  1. ACRP = Associate of Clinical Research Professionals, Inc.
  2. CCRC = Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
  3. CCRA = Certified Clinical Research Associate
  4. CPI = Certified Physician Investigator
  5. CTI – Certified Trial Investigator

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      khmohsin 6 years ago

      hi, really great hub and great info.. here i want to share some info with you

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      PRAFULLA 5 years ago

      Hi Roseann Cole,

      I know you are certified clinical research professional,thats why I have question for you, I am from India, Asia. I have completed Master of Pharmacy in specialisation of - Clinical Pharmacology & i have 4 years of clinical trial experience.

      I want to apply for CRA in CANADA (I dont have PR/Job Offer. Am I eligible for job as Certified CRA on the basis of this Certificate (ACRP) or should i complete any other certificate course for getting job offer as CRA?

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