Certification is awarded by two organizations, both accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA).
The Association of Clinical Research Professionals
ACRP offers Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Research Coordinator and Physician Investigator certifications. A nonprofit founded in 1976, ACRP has grown to more than 20,000 members worldwide today.
The Society of Clinical Research Associates
SoCRA offers Clinical Research Professional certification. SOCRA is a nonprofit with more than 6,000 members worldwide.
Both ACRP and SoCRA are dedicated to ensuring quality clinical research, promoting the protection of research participants, and offering educational opportunities and resources to clinical research professionals. Certification advances the clinical research profession and enhances subject safety, regulatory compliance and the public’s confidence in clinical trials. It is a valuable career development milestone for any clinical research professional.
If you are considering certification, consider what you are trained to do professionally and which option is right for you (side-by-side comparison).