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Clinical research professional with 3,000 hours of verifiable work experience are eligible to sit for the CCRA® Exam.
What Qualifies as Work Experience?
Work related to human subject research
Paid contractual agreement – employer/employee
Can be verified by ACRP through employer
What is Excluded from Work Experience?
Any work that is part of a degree track or education program
Any experience older than ten years
Internships paid or unpaid
Clinical research professionals with 1,500 hours of verifiable work experience and a clinical research degree are eligible to site for the CCRA® Exam.
What Qualifies as a Clinical Research Degree?
Any degree awarded in clinical research from a CHEA accredited institution
Major in clinical research
What Does Not Qualify?
Any degree not in clinical research (biology, psychology, public health, epidemiology, nursing, doctorate)
Graduate certificate programs
The CCRA® exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions that must be answered within 180 minutes.
The exam is referenced only to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines. No other regulatory framework is tested, including country-specific regulations (i.e, FDA or EMA).
The following are the only references for which the CCRA® Certification exam content can be supported:
The Global CCRA® Exam Committee uses psychometrically sound practices to develop Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) examinations that meet the current test specifications as determined by the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA).
How to Apply
Review the Detailed Content Outline and make sure your experience and work hours are appropriate, as outlined in the Eligibility tab.
We also strongly encourage you to review the entire ACRP Certification Handbook, which provides full details about every facet of ACRP Certification.
Create a free ACRP account so you can begin the application process. Follow the on-screen prompts to enter any requested information and documentation.
If you already have an ACRP account, please proceed to step three.
You’re almost there! Please note, applications selected for audit will undergo a formal review by ACRP’s subject matter experts. In most instances, you will receive a status update about your application within 7 business days.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ACRP will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities. Please complete this special accommodations form for submission with your application before proceeding.
Apply for Your Exam
Scheduling & Testing
ACRP’s testing partner Prometric offers in-person testing, as well as on-demand remote testing available 24 hours a day, every day.
Watch these videos to learn what to expect from each option before scheduling your exam.
Preparing to Test
The best way to prepare for the CCRA® exam is to fully understand the scope of the exam content and its references.
Please be sure to thoroughly review the following:
REMEMBER: The exam is referenced only to the International Conference on Harmonization Guidelines. No other regulatory framework is tested, including country-specific regulations (i.e, FDA or EMA).
We also recommend leaning on your community! Thousands of ACRP Certified members have been in your shoes. They are active community members and always willing to share tips and advice for ACRP exam prep.
ACRP offers a variety of training and continuing education programs focused on the key ICH guidelines covered in the CCRA® exam.
After Your Exam
Exam results are shared immediately at the conclusion of your exam, but Prometric will send you an email with your full score report within 24 hours.
Your ACRP account will reflect your results within 3 weeks of your exam date.
Congratulations! You just passed a major milestone on your professional journey and are now a member of the elite club of ACRP Certified clinical research professionals.
Keep an eye on your email because you will soon receive information from our digital badging partner Credly about claiming your digital badge and how you can use it to tout your accomplishment. Also learn how to use your new credential by reviewing the Certification Mark policy.
You have 2 years to keep your certification in good standing by continuing your professional development, and we’ll be right there with you every step of the way. In the meantime, we highly recommend you review all the details about Maintenance of Certification. Don’t leave it to the last minute!
Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Give it another try!
In the meantime, we recommend reviewing your score report and putting in some extra study time on the competency areas in which you didn’t score well.
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Congratulations on your decision to earn the most recognized and respected endorsement of clinical research competency — ACRP Certification. As you start this important journey in your career, we’re here to support you every step of the way.