PI Certification

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February 26 - March 21, 2015 Exam Application Information

Early-Bird Applications Accepted:
October 1, 2014 – December 1, 2014

Applications Accepted:
December 2, 2014 – February 1, 2015

What is a PI?
A PI physician (MD or equivalent) who serves as the principal, sub- or co- investigator; or monitors, supervises, or designs clinical trials; and accepts responsibility for the safe and ethical conduct of a clinical trial.

What is a CPI?
The CPI® credential is designated to a PI who has met eligibility requirements, demonstrated proficiency of specific knowledge and job‐related skills, and passed the standardized ACRP PI Certification exam. The CPI® designation formally recognizes a PI has met the professional standards set forth by the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals.

Am I eligible to become a CPI?
In order to achieve ACRP Certification, all applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the written ACRP CPI Certification Exam. The applicant should determine his/her own eligibility before submitting an application to the program.



Certification Resources
Additional resources, including printable applications, Certification Handbooks, the Detailed Content Outlines (DCOs), Checklists, and many other forms are available to help you in the process of Certification.

Application: Rates, Refunds, and Transfers
Once an applicant has determined he/she meets the eligibility requirements, the application form, supporting documents, and full payment must be submitted together for a complete application. Rates and dates are available here.

Eligibility Review
Upon submission of a complete application, an eligibility review is conducted by the Academy. The eligibility review process includes verifying completeness of the application and determining whether or not the applicant meets the eligibility criteria for the exam. The candidate is then notified of the eligibility review outcome via e-mail.

Exam Appointment: Scheduling and Cancellations
If an applicant is determined to be eligible after the application has been reviewed, the candidate will be e-mailed an eligibility notice, with further instructions as to how to schedule his/her exam appointment.

About the Exam
The examination is designed as a practice-based exam for individuals involved in the performance of the essential duties of a clinical research associate to assess proficiency of the five (5) core knowledge areas

Exam Preparation
Steps to prepare for the exam, study tips, and links to optional exam preparation materials are accessible through the website.

Taking the Exam
Certification Exam Preparation includes being prepared for the exam environment. There are requirements for arrival, identification, available resources, exam security, and behavior during the exam, which are strictly observed.

Understanding the Exam Results
The exam results provide important feedback about one’s performance in each of the five content areas of the exam. Understanding how the exams are scored is important for interpreting the results.

Maintenance of Certification Overview
As a credential holder, you can keep your designation current and continue to demonstrate your competence through the Maintenance of Certification program. To maintain your credential you are required to participate in professional development activities and report twenty-four (24) contact hours/points every two (2) years or take the current Certification Exam.

About NCCA Accreditation
The Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (the Academy), an affiliate of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), independently administers all Certification exams and it’s Certification Programs are now accredited by the NCCA.






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