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Continuing Education (CE) activities are instructional activities where the certificant is the learner. The purpose of this information is to assist certificants in determining acceptable continuing education activities for use toward maintaining your ACRP Certification(s). For program-specific points requirements and application-related information, please refer to the Maintenance of Certification Handbook.
Candidates for Maintenance can take Continuing Education (CE) offerings in two topic areas: “Research” and “Healthcare” (including Disease and Bodily System).
For Maintenance purposes, Research Topics are defined those that cover the actual “practice” of clinical research and follow topics covered on the Detailed Content Outline (DCO) for your designation. These topics should cover transferable knowledge and skills, not those specific to your workplace, such as company SOPs, protocols or specific software. Examples of Research Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Trial Management
- Investigational Product Management
- Protocol Development
- Human Subject Protection
- Document Management
- Trial Oversight
- Adverse Events
- Informed Consent
- Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
- ICH Guidelines
- Regulatory Issues
Healthcare Topics are those that deal with the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of physical well-being. Training to gain access or query a specific database or software, even if healthcare related, is not acceptable. Consideration is also given to specific skills that, while not clinical research or healthcare related, are acknowledged as an advanced set of skills invaluable to the work of clinical research. These specifically include: project management, grant writing and medical writing.
Courses pertaining to a particular disease are generally considered to be Disease/Bodily System/Healthcare Topic hours. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Medical devices
- Palliative / Hospice care
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Results of clinical trial studies
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course (This course is only acceptable once during the lifetime of the certificant’s Certification tenure.)
Acceptable Providers of Accredited Continuing Education
Only programs completed through acceptable accredited providers with a certificate of hours/points or those pre-approved by the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (the Academy) may be claimed.
It is anticipated that the majority of programs that a candidate for Maintenance of Certification will submit in support of his/her application will come from programs that have some sort of accreditation.
If the program does NOT have accreditation from a known accrediting body (See “Examples of Acceptable Providers” chart below), the applicant must submit the program details for approval. Email email@example.com, at any time, with the course title, timed agenda/course overview, and objectives. Requests for review must be made at least 30 days prior to application due date.
Examples of Acceptable Providers of Accredited Continuing Education Contact Hour Points & Credit Examples
*In-company training on research topics with specific learning objectives awarding a certificate/proof of attendance and specifying the number of hours (Note: SOP, protocol and software training are not acceptable.)
Courses which are not acceptable for Maintenance purposes include, but are not limited to those with topics in CPR or BLS training, first responder training, blood pressure training, or self-improvement (i.e. time management or dealing with difficult people).
Determining the Length of Continuing Education Activities
A certificate indicating the number of hours received must have been awarded for all web-based training. The Academy cannot determine the number of points for web-based training and reserves the right to request certificates of attendance and/or transcripts from any reported activities.
For participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and in-service trainings, points are awarded according to the actual amount of time spent under instruction, at a ratio of 1:1. That is one (1) hour awards one (1) point.
Sessions less than 45 minutes in duration are not accepted. Sessions forty-five (45) minutes to one (1) hour in length are awarded one (1) point. Points can be pro-rated for sessions exceeding sixty (60) minutes (i.e., a session one hour and fifteen minutes in length = 1.25 points)
Certificates of completion may use different terms to represent “points”. The list below displays the point conversions and different terms used to refer to points.
Activities, Time Spent, and Point Conversions to Maintenance Applications
If it is unclear how many hours may be claimed for a course, please contact the course provider to request written verification of the course length prior to submitting any information to the Academy for review.