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 2020, 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).  We thank the BC SUPPORT Unit for this funding.

Funding is available for up to 25 successful applicants.


Eligible Certifications


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/


Application Process

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 submit an application package 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
  • 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.

Submitted applications will be held in a secure location within BCAHSN and will not be distributed or viewed by unauthorized personnel outside of the CRP certification program.


Exam Costs & Reimbursement Amount

Clinical Trials BC will reimburse up to 25 successful program applicants $350 CDN upon receiving confirmation of certification.

Please review the Application and Fee sections of each organization for costs.

SOCRA :                https://www.socra.org/certification/ccrp-certification-exam/application-and-fee/

ACRP:    CRC        https://www.acrpnet.org/certifications/crc-certification/

                CCRP     https://www.acrpnet.org/certifications/ccrp-certification/

Exam Preparation

To help you prepare, Clinical Trials BC will hold a series of consecutive informal exam preparation sessions starting Jan 15th.  The sessions will be recorded and available along with materials until Dec 2020.

  • Dates: ALL (Jan 15, 29) ACRP only (Feb 12) SOCRA only (Feb 26, Mar 11)
  • Time: 4:00-5:00pm (all sessions)
  • Location: BC AHSN office, Suite 420 – 1367 West Broadway, Vancouver or online (ZOOM – login details to come)
  • Instructors: Jean Smart, Regulatory and Quality Affairs Officer, Clinical Trials BC and Jessica Nelson, Genome BC
  • Registration: Please email us by January 14th, 2020.



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