The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Academy Item Writers

What is Item Writing?

The term “item” is used when referring to an exam question. Item writing is a science and an essential component to the ongoing validity of ACRP’s Certification Exams. ACRP annually holds Item Writer Training and supports over a hundred item writer volunteers regularly.

What is an Item Writer?

An Item Writer is a trained, currently certified (CCRA, CCRC, CPI, or ACRP-CP), content expert writing items for one of the six ACRP Certification exams.

Why should I become an Item Writer?

If you want to make a direct contribution to the clinical research enterprise, build your network, or illustrate your leadership capabilities, then item writing is your opportunity.  Most Item Writers enjoy the added benefit of staying sharp on GCPs. All Item Writers are volunteers who receive recognition annually and also Continuing Education (research) points, valid toward maintaining their Certification.

How do I become an Item Writer?

ACRP holds Item Writer Training annually with the support of a test development specialist. This training promotes a full understanding of the science of writing sound, high quality exam questions. During and beyond the training, support and resources are provided to help Item Writers develop this valuable skill. One must attend the training before joining the Item Writing group.

Item Writing Training

The Item Writers Training – open exclusively to ACRP Certified professionals, is held annually during the ACRP Annual Meeting. With the cancellation of ACRP 2020 due to COVID-19, a virtual training will be held. Advanced registration is required. You will receive points towards your maintenance of certification for attending this training. ACRP staff will add the points to your record after the training is completed.

More About the Training

This interactive workshop promotes a full understanding of the science of writing sound, high quality exam questions. A Test Development Specialist with our testing partner, will facilitate the training. ACRP’s Global Exam Committee members also work with attendees during the exercise portion, to develop items using their areas of specialty in clinical research.

Sharpen your skills while earning ACRP Continuing Education (CE) points, applicable toward the Maintenance of Certification requirements.

Participation as an Item Writer is the first step to other ACRP volunteer opportunities. If you want to expand your experience and make an impact, this is a great opportunity.

If you are currently certified, interested in becoming an Item Writer, or have questions, contact Giovanna Lancaster, Director of Certification at