The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Stay Certified

Congratulations on earning your ACRP Certification!

Keep your designation current and continue demonstrating your competence through the Maintenance of Certification program. To maintain your credential you are required to participate in continuing education/involvement activities and report 24 contact hours/points every 2 years, or take the current Certification exam.

About Maintenance of Certification

The goal of the Maintenance of Certification process is to ensure, as much as possible, the continuing competence of each certificant and maintain the professional standard of those engaged in clinical research. The purposes of the Continuing Competency requirements established by the Academy are that credential holders continue to: obtain current professional development information; explore new knowledge in specific content areas; master new clinical research-related skills and techniques; enhance approaches to effective clinical research, both within their specified job role and beyond; further develop professional judgment; conduct clinical research in a safe and ethical manner.

Dates and Fees

Certification Expiring November 2016?

  • Applications Due: November 15, 2016
  • 24 Points-Earning Period: December 31, 2014 – November 30, 2016*

*If you earned ACRP Certification in October 2014, you may report points earned as early as October 7, 2014.

Certification Expiring May 2017?

  • Applications Due: May 15, 2017
  • 24 Points-Earning Period: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2017

Dates and Fees

Early-Bird Application Period (August 4 – October 15, 2016)
Application Fee: $215

Regular Application Period (October 16 – November 15, 2016)
Application Fee: $250

Late Application Period (November 16 – November 30, 2016)
Application and Late Fee: $325


  • All designations have the same cost.
  • The cost is the same for applying during the Early Bird Period, regardless of your ACRP membership status.
  • ACRP Members pay the Early Bird Period rate, even during the regular application period.
  • All applications received via email, fax, or postmarked after the May 15 or November 15 expiration dates (whichever applies) will be assessed a $75 late fee in addition to the Maintenance fee.

**Maintenance of Certification fees are nonrefundable.** It is your responsibility to meet the program requirements and timelines. If an incomplete or deficient submission is made and not rectified by the Certification expiration date, all fees will be forfeited and you will lose your designation.

**Dual Certificant Discount** If more than one of the Academy’s credentials is held, you may maintain both designations at the same time. Both expiration dates will advance forward by 2 years. By maintaining together, you will receive a $50.00 discount and need only submit a total of 24 points. Dual certificants must apply using the printable application to receive the discount. Obtain further information by emailing

Steps to Maintain Your Certification

Maintaining your ACRP Certification boils down to these three activities:

  1. Earning Points
  2. Reporting Points
  3. Applying for Maintenance

Learn more about each step by exploring the appropriate sections of this page. Additional details can be found in the Maintenance of Certification Handbook:

Read Handbook

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Try the Maintenance Resources page:

Maintenance Resources

Still have questions? Email or call +1.703.254.8100 and we will be happy to help you.

Earning Points

Continuing Education and Continuing Involvement

Continuing Education and Continuing Involvement are the two categories in which a certificant can participate in activities and earn points toward Maintenance of ACRP Certification.

What is Continuing Education (CE)?

CE pertains to instructional activities where the certificant is participating in a learning capacity. CE is also referred to as “coursework” or “training.”

There are 2 types of CE relevant to YOUR certification:

  • Research Specific: Research Topics are defined as those that cover the actual “practice” of clinical research.  Examples include Informed Consent, Ethics, GCP, Regulatory Affairs, etc.
  • Healthcare Specific: Disease/Bodily System/Healthcare Topics deal with the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of physical well-being. Examples of this can include Oncology, Psychiatry, results of trial studies, etc.

View CE Options

What is Continuing Involvement (CI)?

CI is participation in a capacity other than learning. The certificant can be attending a meeting, serving/volunteering, presenting information, or providing oversight.

Continuing Involvement activities are:

  • Always related to your role in clinical research.
  • Sometimes required as part of one’s position.
  • Required for CPIs.
  • Optional for CCRAs, CCRC, and CCTIs.

Examples include attendance at Investigator Meetings, Site Initiation Visits, inclusion on a 1572, authoring a journal article, etc.

View CI Options for CCRC/CCRA

View CI Options for CPI

Reporting Points

Continuing Education and/or Continuing Involvement activities (or Maintenance by Examination) that satisfy the Maintenance of Certification requirements must be completed and reported within the appropriate timeframe for a candidate’s maintenance period, as shown below. This also includes taking and passing the exam for maintenance.

Points must be earned two years prior to your Certification expiration date. Only points earned between the following dates will be considered:


Certification Expiring November 2016?

Points must be earned between December 1, 2014 and November 20, 2016.

If you earned Certification in 2014, your reporting timeframe begins October 7, 2014.

Certification Expiring May 2017?

Points must be earned between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2017.

If you earned Certification in 2015, your reporting timeframe begins April 1, 2015.


All points earned through ACRP are automatically reported to your Contact History upon completion of the activity evaluation. All points can be viewed by logging in and clicking on the Quick Link “My Contact Hours”. If the points are not listed, go to the “ACRP Learning Portal” Quicklink to complete the activity and the evaluation.

Candidates can view and report points at any time during the 2-year period. All activities not completed through/reported by ACRP must be self-reported using one of these methods:

  1. Online – At any time, log on to with your e-mail address and password; click “My Contact Hours” quick link; click “Add”. A pop-up window will appear. Enter the activity details and click “Save”.
  2. Application Process – Please have all activity details ready to report before entering the online application. Applications are available as early as four (4) months prior the Certification expiration date.

Please note that any points which are already listed in “My Contact Hours” should not be reported (again) through these methods.

Report the following information about each activity:

  • Activity / Course Name
  • Activity / Course Type
  • Number of Points
  • Content Type (i.e., Research, Healthcare, Continuing Involvement)
  • Activity/Contact Hour Type (i.e., Nursing, CME, etc.)
  • Program Date

All documents for Maintenance must have the name of course, date, number of points, and the participant’s name printed on the certificate to be acceptable for credit. All other information listed is required for completing the Maintenance application and is the certificant’s responsibility to obtain.

Please do not include or upload certificates of completion during the points reporting or application process. This documentation is requested from candidates who are selected for the random Maintenance Documentation Verification Process only (see Maintenance Document Verification Process section in the Maintenance Handbook). It is recommended to keep all documentation supporting the claim for hours/points until their next Maintenance cycle is completed. The Academy reserves the right to request further documentation.

Applying for Maintenance

Submitting Your Application

Applications can be submitted approximately four (4) months prior to your Certification expiration. This is the final step–after all points have been earned and reported. Payment must be submitted with the Maintenance Application and twenty (24) points.

The online application is easy and automatically traceable. Be prepared with any points reporting and credit card details as the application will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. You cannot save your work and return.

Apply Online

For check or money transfer transactions, a printable version of the application must be used.

Download Print Application

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I find the Maintenance application?

The online and printable applications are available four months prior to your certification expiration date. They can be found under the “Applying for Maintenance” tab above or on the Maintenance Resources page.

What if I am paying by check?

If you are paying by check, download the printable application.

I can’t log in to the Maintenance application; it says I am not due at this time.

If you know that you are due to maintain it is possible that you have a duplicate record in the Academy’s database and you are logging in to the account that does not contain your Certification history. Email for assistance.

How can I be sure you received my Maintenance application?

You will receive an automatic email receipt once your payment has been processed.

How will I be notified if my application was approved?

An email notification will be sent upon successful completion of your Maintenance application.  A certificate will be mailed within three weeks to the address that is listed on file. Also, visit the online Certification Registry and confirm the expiration date of your Certification. When Maintenance is successful, your Certification expiration date will advance two years.

I submitted my payment, why do I keep receiving notices that I need to maintain my Certification?

Please visit the online Certification Registry and confirm the expiration date of your Certification. When Maintenance is successful, your Certification expiration date will advance two years.  If your application was not received (your expiration date has not changed in the registry), then verify that the payment submitted was for Maintenance and not membership renewal. ACRP Membership and Maintenance of Certification are separate programs requiring separate applications and fees.

How do I add my hours/points?

Contact hours/points may be entered into your ACRP profile at any time through the ‘My Contact Hours’ Quicklink located in the welcome box that appears after logging onto the ACRP website with your credentials.

During the online application process: Complete each field for the first activity and click the ‘Add’ button. Continue this process until all hours/points have been added and then click the ‘Continue’ button to advance through the application.

What are the types of points I can submit for maintenance?

Continuing Education (Research, Healthcare), and Continuing Involvement.  Be sure to read the Maintenance Handbook for points/hours requirements.

What is the definition of each professional development topic area?

Candidates for Maintenance can take continuing education offerings in two (2) topic areas.

  • Research – topics that cover the actual ‘practice’ of clinical research and follow the Detailed Content Outline (DCO) for that specific designation.
  • Healthcare – topics that cover the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of physical well-being.

How do I determine the Activity/Contact Hour/Point Type?

The options available are ACRP, CBRN, CME, and Other. You need to review the certificate you received to determine the organization that accredited the program you attended or the type of hours earned. If you are still unclear, contact the organization that held the function.

What date do I use?

Enter the date that you attended or completed the program. If the program was longer than one day, enter the last day of the event.

Do I have to upload/submit my course certificates at the time of maintenance?

This is not required. Records of certificates should be kept in case you are randomly selected to participate in the Verification process.

What if I don’t have any points?  What other option do I have to maintain my Certification?

As an alternative to earning points, you can take and successfully complete the current form of the Exam for your credential prior to your Certification expiration date.

What if I want to maintain two credentials simultaneously?

If you hold two or more ACRP certifications, you may maintain both certifications at the same time and receive a $50 discount.  Dual certificants must complete the printable application form in order to get the discount.  Another benefit of maintaining both designations simultaneously is that the 24 points can be applied to both designations. Done separately, a total of 48 points must be completed (24 points for each credential).

I added my hours/points and submitted payment. Is that all I need to do?

Adding hours/points and submitting payment is completing the Maintenance application.  Once your application is submitted, please allow 10 days for review.  You will be sent an updated certificate if you successfully maintained your credential.

Do my ACRP Membership dues cover my Maintenance fees?

No. Membership and Maintenance of Certification are two separate programs.  Membership is renewed annually, while Maintenance is due every two (2) years.

Note: The Academy does not invoice for Certification.  If you received an invoice, it was to renew your Membership in ACRP.

Do I have to be an ACRP Member in order to maintain my Certification?

Membership is not required, however, members always pay the Early Bird rate.

If I did not fulfill the maintenance requirements but have already submitted my payment, will I receive a refund?

Maintenance of Certification fees cover the review of your application and therefore are non-refundable.  It is the certificant’s responsibility to be compliant with the program requirements and timelines.  In an incomplete or deficient submission is made and maintained by the required deadlines, all fee will be forfeited and the certificant will no longer be permitted to use the designation.

Please email with any other questions.


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