Professional Development

View Resources & ServicesWhat makes ACRP Professional Development better?

Professional development is about more than contact hours or "checking the training box" — it is about the individual clinical research professional's interest and participation in a comprehensive, sustained and intensive pursuit of maintaining and improving professional competency.

At ACRP, we believe professional development is the intrinsic motivation that comes from within each clinical research professional to recognize his or her responsibility for: safeguarding patient safety; ensuring quality of data; ensuring ethical conduct of clinical trials; ensuring regulatory compliance at all times; and ensuring research projects are completed on time, on target, and on budget.

We support the professional development of clinical research professionals by offering high-quality resources and services that are relevant to the needs, interests, and work of clinical researchers, performance-based, and which allow you to own your success in clinical research.


ACRP's Professional Development resources and services are relevant to the needs, interests and work of clinical research professionals. We know this because we've done the research. The resulting Professional Development Pathway (available for CRCs, CRAs, and PIs) has established the standard for clinical research training and ensures ACRP's Professional Development services provide clinical researchers with all the knowledge and skills required to safeguard patient safety and ensure the ethical conduct of clinical trials, quality of data, regulatory compliance, and the achievement of project goals. The Professional Development Pathway is the cornerstone of Professional Development at ACRP. What's your Professional Development Pathway for success?


ACRP's Professional Development resources and services are directly applicable to the jobs performed by clinical research professionals and will lead to performance improvement, resolved problems and reduced risk. Our programs are designed to leave you more confident, more informed and more prepared to perform your role. We apply widely recognized adult training methodologies aimed at increasing the comprehension and absorption of content to all of our professional development programs. Through interactive modules, job aids, practical examples and other training methods, learners not only engage in course material but have the opportunity to share from others involved in ACRP professional development programs, creating a community of colleagues from which to continue a dialogue well into the future.


Our goal is to provide the highest quality, most respected Professional Development resources and services available to the clinical research enterprise. To achieve that goal, our highest priority is to develop and deliver Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN), and ACRP accredited programs that keep pace with the needs of all stakeholders. In addition, all ACRP Professional Development resources and services are developed using Instructional System Designs to ensure high-quality and neutral content (e.g., the ADDIE model).

Finally, we guarantee our Professional Development resources and services have been diligently reviewed by internal experts and external consultants before being made available to the global community of clinical research professionals. Imagine the impact on the conduct of a clinical trial if the wrong knowledge and skills are applied: As people's lives are at stake, the consequences can be disastrous, and this is a risk we refuse to take.


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