The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

ACRP-PM Specialty

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

ACRP-PMThis trusted mark of excellence in clinical research is awarded to clinical researchers who have demonstrated proficiency of specific knowledge and skills by passing the standardized ACRP-PM® Certification Exam.


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Exam Content

The ACRP-PM® exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions that must be answered within 90 minutes.

The exam is referenced only to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines. No other regulatory framework is tested, including country-specific regulations (i.e, FDA or EMA).

The following are the only references for which the ACRP Certification exam content can be supported:

We strongly encourage you to also review the Detailed Content Outline for the ACRP-PM® exam.


How to Apply

Review the Detailed Content Outline and make sure your experience and work hours are appropriate, as outlined in the Eligibility tab.

We also strongly encourage you to review the entire ACRP Certification Handbook, which provides full details about every facet of ACRP Certification.

Create a free ACRP account so you can begin the application process. Follow the on-screen prompts to enter any requested information and documentation.

If you already have an ACRP account, please proceed to step three.

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You’re almost there! Please note, applications selected for audit will undergo a formal review by ACRP’s subject matter experts. In most instances, you will receive a status update about your application within 7 business days.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ACRP will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities. Please complete this special accommodations form for submission with your application before proceeding.

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Scheduling & Testing

ACRP’s testing partner PSI offers in-person testing, as well as on-demand remote testing available 24 hours a day, every day, during the testing windows.

Watch these videos to learn what to expect from each option before scheduling your exam.

After Your Exam

Exam results are shared immediately at the conclusion of your exam, but PSI will send you an email with your full score report within 24 hours.

Your ACRP account will reflect your results within 3 weeks of your exam date.


Congratulations! You just passed a major milestone on your professional journey and are now a member of the elite club of ACRP Certified clinical research professionals.

Keep an eye on your email because you will soon receive information from our digital badging partner Credly about claiming your digital badge and how you can use it to tout your accomplishment. Also learn how to use your new credential by reviewing the Certification Mark policy.

Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Give it another try!

Refer to your ACRP Certification Examination Results email or the ACRP Certification Handbook for guidance on the next steps in your certification journey.

Upcoming Testing Dates

Spring 2024 Testing
February 15 – May 15, 2024

Fall 2024 Testing
July 15 – October 15, 2024

2024 Registration Dates and Exam Fees

ACRP Members – $250
Nonmembers – $300

Spring 2024: October 15, 2023 – April 30, 2024

Fall 2024: May 15 – September 30, 2024

There are no Application Fees for the ACRP-PM Specialty.

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Joining ACRP helps you save money. More importantly, ACRP is where you will find the very best of what you need to design a career path that’s uniquely your own. Connections through an engaged community. Growth through gold-standard training. And elevation through rigorous certification.

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Exam Preparation

Congratulations on your decision to earn the most recognized and respected endorsement of clinical research competency — ACRP Certification. As you start this important journey in your career, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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