Clinical Trials BC provides province-wide support and access to a range of training, guidance and resources for clinical research personnel. Our support helps British Columbia grow a clinical research workforce with the skills and knowledge to conduct world-class clinical trials.
Fast-Track Training for COVID-19
We’re offering Clinical Trials Fast-Track Training for COVID-19 beginning April 2020. The program is comprised of 10 condensed education modules on clinical trial compliance topics. Research team leads can select the pertinent topics applicable to their team member’s role in the COVID-19 research trial.
We maintain an online job board to promote positions located in British Columbia across the clinical research and trials sector as an added benefit to our clinical research community.
Clinical Research Professional Certification Program
July 2020 COVID-19 Update:
Updates on study programs in light of COVID-19 have been announced. ACRP and SOCRA have made it more convenient to take the certification exam of your choice in the coming months.
Here’s what’s new:
ACRP Certification Programs
- Take the Exam from Home – Online, On-Demand through October 15.
- Extended Testing Window – Take the exam whenever you want over a three-month period
SOCRA Certification Programs
- Test Center Re-Opening
- PSI testing centers are very focused on the re-opening of its test sites on May 1, 2020. Test sites will be opened where city, state and county jurisdictions will allow. The health of candidates and employees continue to be the top priority.
- SOCRA are receiving questions regarding their procedures to ensure employee and candidate’s safety as testing sites re-open. To assist in answering these questions, PSI has created a frequently asked questions document which can be found here.
- You can continue to check the status of your local test center here.
General Information & Reimbursement:
Clinical Trials BC offers clinical research professionals at BC-based academic research sites financial and resource support to become certified by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).
For 2020, we’re pleased to offer a partial reimbursement in the amount of $350 towards clinical research examination fees for up to 25 successful applicants who work for academic health research organizations. Funding is provided by the BC SUPPORT Unit.
To help you prepare, Clinical Trials BC will hold a series of consecutive informal exam preparation sessions during 2020. The sessions will be recorded and available along with materials until Dec 2020.
Network of Networks (N2)
Clinical Trials BC provides province-wide access to best-in-class tools and resources from the Network of Networks (N2), focused on enhancing clinical research capability and capacity. N2 benefits are available for clinical researchers working in health authorities and academic organizations in BC, as well as for some independent investigators.
N2 is an alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity. N2’s vision is “To be recognized as Canada’s alliance for excellence in clinical research,” and its mission is “To enable and enhance clinical research capability and capacity in Canada.”
Tools and resources that are available through N2 membership include Educational courses (available via CITI-Canada), Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Tools, Tools to Engage Participants and more.
We’re a longstanding member of the N2 Clinical Trials Education and Awareness (CTEA) committee, which co-developed the It Starts With Me project and website in partnership with patients. This campaign encourages patients and public stakeholders to participate in clinical trials. Please see our Participant Experience page for more information.
For more information on N2, please see the below contacts:
Provincial BC Membership:
- Status of an organization
- N2 Lead for an organization
- Funding Status or Usage metrics
All other questions:
- CITI courses, access and use of resources, SOPS etc.
Contact N2: email@example.com
ACRP learning management system (LMS)
Thanks to a partnership between Clinical Trials BC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), this e-learning platform offered by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is available free of charge to any clinical research professional in BC.
ACRP’s eLearning catalog of 30+ programs covers the essentials of clinical research, including the new “Introduction to Good Clinical Practice” eLearning course, which provides training on the new ICH GCP E6(R2) as the international industry standard for designing, conducting, and reporting clinical trials.
Since our partnership began, more than 300 people have signed up for access to the ACRP LMS. We continue to encourage the BC research community to register and complete courses.
If you’re a new user, you can gain access by contacting the Research Education & Internal Awards Program at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Simply send a request along with your first and last name, email address and research location to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions on how to login and begin training will be provided within one week.
2019 Clinical Trials BC Syllabus
2020 Syllabus is coming soon!
Clinical Research Professionals of BC (CRPBC) – CRPBC is an informal, inclusive group of more than 450 Clinical Research Professionals who work primarily in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. They provide networking and professional development opportunities for everyone working in the clinical research profession. Visit this site for job listings, information about their speaker series, and more.