Clinical Trials BC (a unit of the BC Academic Health Science Network) supports clinical research professionals working at academic-based BC clinical research sites to achieve professional certification. Achieving certification demonstrates that you have met or exceeded the quality standards required in the industry and have validated your competence. Certification also demonstrates a level of professionalism and indicates a commitment to quality standards.
For 2021, Clinical Trials BC is offering a partial reimbursement in the amount of $350 towards CCRP or CCRC examination fees for successful applicants who work for academic health research organizations (health authority, university, non-profit).
Funding is available for up to 20 successful applicants.
The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) established the Certification Program for Clinical Research Professionals (CCRPs) to create an internationally accepted level of knowledge, education, and experience by which clinical research professionals will be recognized by the medical research community. SoCRA offers both paper and pencil exams and Computer Based Testing.
For more information: https://www.socra.org/certification/ccrp-certification-exam/exam-overview/
The Association of Clinical Research Professionals offers two eligible certifications, CCRC and CCRP. The ACRP-CP® credential is awarded to professionals involved in all aspects of clinical studies/trials who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform ethical and responsible clinical research. CCRC® credential is awarded to a CRC (clinical research coordinator) who has met eligibility requirements, demonstrated proficiency of specific knowledge and job‐related skills. ACRP offers computer-based testing only.
For more information: https://www.acrpnet.org/certifications/
Applicants must register first with SoCRA or ACRP for the certification program, then to Clinical Trials BC for eligibility for reimbursement.
Applicants are required to apply to Alison Orth by email for approval of eligibility prior to writing their exam: AOrth@clinicaltrialsbc.ca.
The package must include:
- A copy of the applicant’s application to SoCRA or ACRP
- A copy of the applicant’s CV/resume
- A letter to Clinical Trials BC that includes the following details:
- Why certification is important to them;
- How it will benefit them in their role as a clinical research professional;
- Their career aspirations;
Clinical Trials BC will review applications and notify successful candidates of their eligibility for reimbursement prior to their certification exam.
Exam Costs & Reimbursement Amount
Clinical Trials BC will reimburse up to 20 successful program applicants $350 CDN upon receiving confirmation of certification.
Please review the Application and Fee sections of each organization for costs.
- CRC – https://www.acrpnet.org/certifications/crc-certification
- CCRP – https://acrpnet.org/certifications/acrp-cp-certification/
To help you prepare, Clinical Trials BC has made available recordings of a series of consecutive informal exam preparation sessions that took place in 2020. The sessions will be available along with materials until Dec 31, 2021.
To further help your studies four open Q&A sessions will be available on Thursdays as follows (click the the link to register on Zoom):
Registration is available by following each session link above. To register for access to the recorded sessions or the hosted Q&A, please email email@example.com
Here’s what two successful applicants had to say about their experience:
“The certification gave me an edge as well as better promotion opportunities. Clinical Trials BC added to my fulfillment by partially reimbursing my exam fee. I felt that my achievement was not just recognized but rewarded as well.” – Nera, Clinical Research Professional
“Among my peers and supervisors, certification has also brought recognition of the rigorous ethical and quality standards that I follow in my conduct of clinical research. This accomplishment would not have been as readily attainable…if it were not for the generous funding from Clinical Trials BC.” – Mannie Fan, Clinical Research Coordinator