The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

ACRP Certification

With a 30-year legacy, ACRP Certification is the most reputable credentialing program in clinical research. Since 1992, more than 40,000 professionals and their employers have come to trust ACRP Certification as the mark of excellence in clinical research.

Photograph of Jeri Burr“Joining ACRP and becoming certified was the best thing I ever did to jumpstart my career in research and has opened many doors for me.”

Jeri Burr, MS, RN, PED-BC, CCRA, FACRP
ACRP Certified Since 1999

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Start your next career journey by exploring ACRP’s flagship certification and subspecialty credential programs below. Each program provides specific information and resources on Exam Eligibility, Exam Content, How to Apply, Scheduling & Testing, How to Prepare, and After Your Test. If you have questions, explore the FAQ page or the ACRP Certification Handbook.

ACRP Certified Professional

ACRP-CP® is a credential formally recognizing clinical research professionals of all types, regardless of their roles or functional activities on the clinical study team.

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Certified Clinical Research Associate

CCRA® is a credential formally recognizing clinical research professionals with experience monitoring and supervising the conduct and progress of clinical trials on behalf of a sponsor.

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Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

CCRC® is a credential formally recognizing clinical research professionals with experience coordinating and facilitating clinical trial activities in adherence to GCP, under the direction of a principal investigator.

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Certified Principal Investigator

CPI® is a credential formally recognizing clinical research professionals with experience as a principal investigator or sub investigator on multiple studies.

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ACRP Medical Device Professional

ACRP-MDP® is a credential formally recognizing clinical research professionals with specialized knowledge in medical device clinical trials. Candidates must be ACRP Certified to sit for this exam.

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ACRP Project Manager

ACRP-PM® is a credential formally recognizing clinical research professionals with specialized knowledge in project management. Candidates must be ACRP Certified to sit for this exam.

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The Academy’s ACRP-CP, CCRC, CCRA, and CPI programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which sets internationally recognized standards for the development and operation of certification programs. The standards assure that a program is valid, reflects current practice, and treats candidates fairly and are based on the established processes for developing certification exams.

The most respected certification thought leaders in the country agree that NCCA accreditation is the gold standard when it comes to accreditation of programs that certify professionals working in healthcare—including the clinical research industry. When you’re searching for certification programs, make sure you always look for the NCCA-accredited program seal.

Read the 2023 Academy Annual Report >