Clinical Research Community Receives New Tool to Verify Competency of Clinical Trials Staff


Jeremy Glunt
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Washington, DC – The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces a new way for employers, hiring managers, and others in the clinical research community to instantly verify the competency of clinical trial personnel.

ACRP and its affiliate, the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (the Academy), have partnered with ProExam Vault to introduce digital badging technology to the clinical research community.

“We are excited to provide the clinical research community with a tool to instantly identify and validate the competencies and accomplishments of clinical research professionals,” says Academy Board Chair, Susan Warne, LVN, CCRC. “Professionals certified by the Academy are already using digital badges in their email signatures, social media profiles, and digital resumes, clearly communicating and promoting their knowledge, skills, abilities, and achievements.”

The Academy is now issuing digital badges to all individuals holding a current certifications through the Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®), Certified Clinical Research Association (CCRA®), and Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®) programs.

Through an initial piloting phase, 20% of Academy certificants have claimed their digital badges, with an early preference for displaying through LinkedIn profiles. These digital badges feature embedded data that verifies certification status in real time, authenticates that a certification is in good standing, shows the certification issuance and expiration dates, and provides a summary of the standards that were met in order to earn the credential.

“Building competency in clinical research and providing frameworks for standardization strongly support our mission,” says ACRP Interim Executive Director Terri Hinkley, RN, BScN, MBA, CCRC. “Connecting our certification programs with a technology such as digital badging is an exciting way for ACRP to promote excellence in clinical research, and we couldn’t ask for a better partner in ProExam.”

For a fact sheet about ACRP’s digital badging program, please click here.

About ACRP

ACRP supports clinical research professionals through membership, training and development, and certification. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with more than 13,000 members who work in clinical research in more than 70 countries. ACRP’s vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. ACRP’s mission is to promote excellence in clinical research.

About the Academy

The Academy of Clinical Research Professionals is an independent affiliate of ACRP. The Academy, a nonprofit 501(c)6, is solely responsible for the governance, development and administration of ACRP’s certification programs. Its mission is to promote and maintain high standards and best practices of clinical research by recognizing those professionals who demonstrate a well-defined competency through valid and reliable credentialing programs. Academy trustees are elected by individuals holding the CCRA, CCRC, or CPI designation. To date, more than 29,500 individuals in 60 countries have achieved certification through the Academy.

About Professional Exam Service

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