The Association of Clinical Research Professionals


ACRP Certification is the formal recognition of clinical research professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform ethical and responsible clinical research by passing one of three role-specific certification exams based on international standards.

By committing to ACRP Certification, you will be promoting professionalism, validating your competence, dedicating yourself to quality standards, and elevating yourself above the crowd.

Explore our certification programs below.

Certification Programs

Clinical Research Associate

The CCRA® credential is awarded to a CRA who has passed the standardized ACRP CRA Certification exam.

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Clinical Research Coordinator

The CCRC® credential is awarded to a CRC who has passed the standardized ACRP CRC Certification exam.

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Principal Investigator

The CPI® credential is awarded to a PI who has passed the standardized ACRP PI Certification exam.

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Get Prepared

Applications are open October 17, 2016 – February 1, 2017 for the March 2017 exams. Prepare for success with ACRP’s Exam Prep resources.


Stay Certified

Keep your designation in good standing and continue to demonstrate your competence through the Maintenance of Certification program.


Verify Certification

Verify your designation status or the status of your current and/or prospective employees by usig the ACRP Certification Verification Tool.

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“The Flagship Certification” in Clinical Research

Don’t take our word for it! Hear what ACRP Certified clinical research professionals say about what their certification means to them, and to their organizations, by watching this short video.

Benefits of Certification


Why ACRP Certification?

ACRP Certification is the premier mark of excellence in the clinical research field. View the benefits of certification to see what it can do for you and your organization.


Certification Resources

Browse our index of important resources, including Certification forms, web pages, references, policies, and other helpful materials for earning your ACRP Certification.


Join ACRP and Save on Your Certification!

Save on ACRP Certification exam and application fees, as well as exam prep resources, by joining ACRP today!

Your membership will also connect you with the tools and resources you need to realize your full potential.