The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Announcing the ACRP Certified Professional (ACRP-CP) Program

ACRP-CP® (Association of Clinical Research Professionals – Certified Professional) is a new credential formally recognizing professionals involved in the conduct of clinical studies/trials who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform ethical and responsible clinical research by passing the standardized ACRP Certified Professional Exam.

WHY ACRP-CP®, AND WHY NOW?

ACRP is introducing the ACRP-CP® credential in direct response to rapid evolution in the roles of clinical research professionals. With process and technology innovation driving substantial change in how clinical research is conducted, the need for a more inclusive credential reflective of the diverse nature of the roles professionals play in clinical research conduct has never been greater. By introducing the ACRP-CP® credential, ACRP is driving workforce innovation and helping professionals and organizations adapt to evolution.

ACRP is also introducing the ACRP-CP® in direct response to ACRP Members who want the credibility and prestige of an ACRP credential but who are not eligible to earn the role-specific CCRA®, CCRC®, or CPI® credentials. Starting now, a wide range of ACRP Members and clinical research professionals – from patient recruiters and project managers to site managers, quality control and assurance professionals, data specialists, executives, and more – can earn the flagship certification in clinical research and signify their commitment to quality.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

All professionals involved in clinical studies – regardless of their roles, practice settings, or career stages – can earn the ACRP-CP® credential, presuming they have at least 2 years’ experience in clinical study/trial conduct and meet other eligibility requirements.

The ACRP-CP® program provides professionals seeking the credibility and prestige of an ACRP credential with an alternative to ACRP’s role-specific, specialized credentials, including CCRC® (Certified Clinical Research Coordinator), CCRA® (Certified Clinical Research Associate), and CPI® (Certified Principal Investigator).

Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director

“With process and technology innovation driving substantial change in how clinical research is conducted, the need for a more inclusive credential reflective of the diverse nature of the roles professionals play in clinical research conduct has never been greater. We are also responding to the needs of our members who have asked us for a non-role-specific credential.”

JIM KREMIDAS, ACRP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

IS THIS AN ENTRY-LEVEL CERTIFICATION?

No. The ACRP-CP® program is not an entry-level certification program.

Those seeking to earn the ACRP-CP® credential must have at least 2 years’ experience working in clinical studies/trials, and must meet other eligibility requirements, to qualify for the ACRP-CP® Exam.

I AM ACRP CERTIFIED. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

Those who have earned ACRP’s CCRA®, CCRC®, or CPI® credentials are not impacted by the introduction of the ACRP-CP® credential and will not have to retake their respective exam. CCRA®, CCRC®, and CPI® credential-holders will continue to maintain their respective credentials through the ACRP Maintenance of Certification program.

CCRA®, CCRC®, and CPI® credential-holders are eligible to apply for the ACRP-CP® program and earn dual certification, but are not automatically dual certified, and must pass the ACRP-CP® exam to earn ACRP-CP® certification. Separate fees apply.

How and When Can I Apply?

The first ACRP-CP® exam will be offered at 600+ testing sites in 80+ countries throughout September and October. Applications will be accepted starting May 1.

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