Maintenance of Certification

Congratulations on becoming Certified through the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals!

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 continuing education/involvement activities and report twenty-four (24) contact hours/points every two (2) years or take the current Certification Exam.

Click one of the two images below to learn the continuing competency requirements for maintaining your credential.


For complete program details, view the Maintenance Handbook.


The goal of the Certification process is to ensure, as much as possible, the continuing competence of each certificant and maintain the professional standard of those engaged in clinical research.  

The purposes of the Continuing Competency requirements established by the Academy are that CCRCs, CCRAs, CCTIs and CPIs continue to:

  • obtain current professional development information;
  • explore new knowledge in specific content areas;
  • master new clinical research-related skills and techniques;
  • enhance approaches to effective clinical research, both within their specified job role and beyond; 
  • further develop professional judgment;
  • conduct clinical research in a safe and ethical manner.

More Resources
Additional resources, including printable applications, Handbooks, the Detailed Content Outlines (DCOs), Checklists, and many other forms, that can help you with your Maintenance of Certification.


Report Your Points
Professional activities that satisfy the Maintenance requirements can be reported at any time over a two-year Maintenance period. Reporting online saves time and makes applying easy.


Quarterly Certification eNewsletter
The Academy offers a quarterly Certification eNewsletter, highlighting recent program happenings, policy changes and program enhancements to keep certificants current. Also, find a complimentary online session providing one (1) contact hour point with each edition.


Get answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.


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 its Certification Programs are accredited by the NCCA.


  • CPI Maintenance Requirements
    Maintenance of Certification is required every two (2) years.
  • Report Your Points
    Continuing Education and Continuing Involvement activities (or Maintenance by Examination) that satisfy the Maintenance requirements must be completed and reported within the appropriate timeframe for a candidate’s Maintenance period.
  • Application and Fees
    Application and Fees

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