Maintenance of Certification
For those due to Maintain in November 2013:
Applications Open: August 1, 2013
Applications Due: November 15, 2013
Note: Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2013 with a $150 late fee.
If you are paying by check, please use the following printable applications and forms:
The Academy has established a quarterly eNewsletter with important information for certificants. As a benefit of being certified, the Academy has partnered with ACRP to offer one (1) complimentary contact hour in every edition. Each quarter, exclusively in the Certification eNewsletter, you can find a link to ACRP's Online Conference Library (OCL). You can choose one (1) of the two (2) designation-appropriate sessions offered that month—free. Attend the virtual session at your convenience within the allotted timeframe, complete the evaluation, and the contact hour will automatically be posted to your online record (e.g., the “my TEC” page).
If you are currently ACRP Certified, in good standing, and did not receive the Certification eNewsletter via e-mail, please contact us.
About Maintenance of Certification
ACRP Certified professionals are required to maintain their designation every two years from the time of original Certification. Please read the appropriate Maintenance of Certification Handbook for more information (CCRA®/CCRC®/CCTI® Handbook; CPI® Handbook).
The goal of the Certification process is to assure as much as possible the continuing competence of each certificant and maintain the professional standard of those engaged in clinical research. Professional development programs provide one of the main methods for keeping up with professional practice.
The purposes of the continuing education and continuing involvement requirements established by the Academy are so that all certificants will continue to:
- obtain current professional development information;
- explore new knowledge in specific content areas;
- master new clinical research-related skills and techniques;
- expand approaches to effective clinical research, both within their specified job role and beyond;
- further develop professional judgment;
- conduct clinical research in a safe, responsible, and ethical manner.
The Academy recognizes that clinical research professionals engage in training and development to maintain and improve knowledge and skill sets for competent practice. This includes continuous self-assessment to identify professional strengths and learning needs, establishment of short- and long-term goals, and the selection of appropriate continuing education to meet these goals.
Candidates for Maintenance of Certification should choose those training and development activities that provide them with the most benefits, keeping in mind that the length and rigor of a program contribute to its value. Advance planning for continuing education enables candidates to choose more appropriate courses, while effectively controlling expenses.
Maintenance allows Certificants to continue the learning process and keep abreast of “hot topics” affecting the clinical research profession. Certification is becoming increasingly recognized as the trusted mark of excellence in clinical researchSM.
CCRA®, CCRC®, and CPI® are Accredited
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted accreditation to all of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals' Certification Programs for Clinical Research Coordinators, Clinical Research Associates, and Physician Investigators for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. ACRP joins an elite group of more than 100 organizations representing over 200 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/ncca.