ACRP Announces Clinical Research Project Management Subspecialty Designation


In response to growing demand for validation of clinical research-specific project management competency, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces a new subspecialty designation program, ACRP Project Manager, or ACRP-PM.

“Project management is a growing subspecialty in clinical research, and is a skillset required of a wide variety of professionals involved in clinical trial conduct,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “While many project management certifications exist, there is a need for a high-quality assessment of project management specific to clinical research. We are excited to fill this gap and provide industry with a resource for validating project management competency in the workforce. By earning the ACRP-PM subspecialty designation, professionals of all types can show they have not only earned the flagship certification in clinical research through ACRP, but have also demonstrated knowledge in the project management subspecialty.”

The ACRP-PM subspecialty designation can be earned through successful completion of a 60-question multiple choice exam designed to validate clinical research professionals who have demonstrated knowledge in clinical research project management.

The subspecialty exam, which will be offered for the first time this Fall, is open only to clinical research professionals with an existing ACRP Certification in good standing. The exam will be offered at more than 600 testing sites in more than 80 countries throughout September and October.

Applications are being accepted starting June 1 at

“We are excited to continue development of certification programs that meet the evolving needs of the clinical research enterprise,” says Kelly Cairns, MA, BASc, CCRA, APMR, FACRP, Chair of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (Academy), an independent affiliate of ACRP responsible for administration of ACRP Certification exams. “By recognizing professionals who demonstrate a well-defined competency through valid and reliable credentialing programs, we are supporting ACRP’s mission to promote excellence in clinical research.”

ACRP Certification is the flagship certification in clinical research, with more than 33,000 professionals having achieved ACRP Certification through the following programs: Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®); Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA®); Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®); and ACRP Certified Professional (ACRP-CP®).

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