The Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Getting Started in Clinical Research
Interested in a career in clinical research? You’re in the right place!
Start by watching this brief video, then scroll down to continue your journey.
NEXT: INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL TRIALS
This free online training program provides the foundational knowledge on which you can grow your competence as a clinical researcher. Learn how medical products are developed; how volunteer patients are protected; and who plays key roles in the development, research, review, and approval of medical products.
Explore entry-level roles, their associated educational requirements, and sample career paths by downloading the ACRP Career Lattice. Reviewing this free resource will help you decide what might be the best role for you on the clinical research team.
Tips & Resources—Be persistent. Keep developing your competencies. Network. And keep applying for new opportunities. In the meantime, get a glimpse into clinical research career journeys and more by reading these career-focused articles from Clinical Researcher.
NEXT: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST JOB!
Now that you’re a working clinical researcher, it’s time to start thinking about professional certification. You need 2 years’ experience to sit for an ACRP Certification Exam, but it’s never to early to start preparing to earn the flagship certification in clinical research and accelerating your career.
Pro Tip! Now that you’ve got your foot in the door, refer back to the ACRP career lattice and competency guidelines periodically as you explore new roles and opportunities in your budding clinical research career.