Maintaining Your ACRP Certification Through Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) activities are instructional activities where the certificant is the learner. The purpose of this information is to assist certificants in determining acceptable continuing education activities for use toward maintaining your ACRP Certification(s). For program-specific points requirements and application-related information, please refer to the applicable Maintenance of Certification Handbook.

Candidates for Maintenance can take Continuing Education (CE) offerings in two topic areas: “Research” and “Healthcare” (including Disease and Bodily System).

Research Topics

For Maintenance purposes, Research Topics are defined those that cover the actual “practice” of clinical research and follow topics covered on the Detailed Content Outline (DCO) for your designation. These topics should cover transferrable knowledge and skills, not those specific to your workplace, such as company SOPs, protocols or specific software. Examples of Research Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Trial Management
  • Investigational Product Management
  • Protocol Development
  • Safety
  • Human Subject Protection
  • Document Management
  • Trial Oversight
  • Ethics
  • Adverse Events
  • Informed Consent
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • ICH Guidelines
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Monitoring
  • Statistics

 

Healthcare Topics

Healthcare Topics are those that deal with the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of physical well-being. Training to gain access or query a specific database or software, even if healthcare related, is not acceptable. Consideration is also given to specific skills that, while not clinical research or healthcare related, are acknowledged as an advanced set of skills invaluable to the work of clinical research.  These specifically include: project management, grant writing and medical writing.

Courses pertaining to a particular disease are generally considered to be Disease/Bodily System/Healthcare Topic hours. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Pharmacology
  • Medical devices
  • Palliative / Hospice care
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Results of clinical trial studies
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course (This course is only acceptable once during the lifetime of the certificant’s Certification tenure.)
Acceptable Providers of Accredited Continuing Education

Only programs completed through acceptable accredited providers with a certificate of hours/points or those pre-approved by the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (the Academy) may be claimed.

It is anticipated that the majority of programs that a candidate for Maintenance of Certification will submit in support of his/her application will come from programs that have some sort of accreditation.

If the program does NOT have accreditation from a known accrediting body (See “Examples of Acceptable Providers” chart below), the applicant must submit the program details for approval. Email certification@acrpnet.org, at any time, with the course title, timed agenda/course overview, and objectives. Requests for review must be made at least 30 days prior to application due date.

Examples of Acceptable Providers of Accredited Continuing Education Contact Hour Points:

Acceptable Providers of Accredited Continuing Education

 

Examples of Types of Credit Offered

ACRP   ACRP, CBRN, CME
All state and national nursing associations   CBRN, ANCC, CNE
American Council on Pharmaceutical Education   ACPE
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education   CME, AMA, Category I
Other national healthcare-related associations offering continuing education contact hours   CITI* Courses - Human Subject Protection, PRIM&R, MAGI Conference, SoCRA, RAPS, DIA, SCDM, etc.
Regulator-sponsored educational programs   FDA, NIH, IRB
Healthcare-related college/university courses   College credits
IACET   CEUs
In-Company Training*   No credit offered—submit for review

*In-company training on research topics with specific learning objectives awarding a certificate/proof of attendance and specifying the number of hours (Note: SOP, protocol and software training are not acceptable.)

Courses which are not acceptable for Maintenance purposes include, but are not limited to those with topics in CPR or BLS training, first responder training, blood pressure training, project management, or self-improvement (i.e. time management or dealing with difficult people).

Determining the Length of Continuing Education Activities

A certificate indicating the number of hours received must have been awarded for all web-based training. The Academy cannot determine the number of points for web-based training and reserves the right to request certificates of attendance and/or transcripts from any reported activities.

For participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and in-service trainings, points are awarded according to the actual amount of time spent under instruction, at a ratio of 1:1. That is one (1) hour awards one (1) point.

Sessions less than 45 minutes in duration are not accepted. Sessions forty-five (45) minutes to one (1) hour in length are awarded one (1) point. Points can be pro-rated for sessions exceeding sixty (60) minutes (i.e., a session one hour and fifteen minutes in length = 1.25 points)

Certificates of completion may use different terms to represent “points”. The chart below displays the point conversions and different terms used to refer to points.

Activity

Time Spent

Points on Maintenance Application

Continuing Education Session < 45 minutes
45-60 minutes
90 minutes
0 points
1 contact hour = 1 point
1.5 contact hour = 1.5 points
Activity Awarding CMEs 60 minutes 1 CME = 1 point
Course Awarding CEUs 60 minutes 0.1 CEU= 1 point
1.0 CEU = 10 points
University Course 1 semester 1 semester credit = 15 points

If it is unclear how many hours may be claimed for a course, please contact the course provider to request written verification of the course length prior to submitting any information to the Academy for review.

 

 

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