The Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Maintaining Your ACRP Certification
When you maintain your ACRP Certification, you demonstrate a continued dedication to the highest standards of excellence and signal to employers that you are among the best of the best in clinical research.
Rapid change in clinical research requires a conscious effort to develop your competency through continuous professional development.
Scroll down for info about recertification methods, earning and recording points, and how to apply.
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.
Dual Certification Discount – If you have earned two ACRP credentials, you can maintain both at the same time. By maintaining together, you only need to report a total of 24 points and the expiration dates for both credentials will advance by 2 years. Plus, you will save $50 on application fees! If you hold three or more ACRP credentials, please contact us to discuss options.
Maintaining is Easy!
Just follow these 3 steps; scroll down for details about each.
Determine Your Recertification Method
Earn and Report 24 Continuing Education or Involvement Points
12 Points from Research-Specific Continuing Education
12 Points from Research/Healthcare Continuing Education or Continuing Involvement
8 Points from Research-Specific Continuing Education
12 Points from Continuing Involvement
4 Points from Continuing Education and/or Continuing Involvement
There are two types of continuing education relevant to your certification:
Research Specific: Research topics are defined as those that cover the actual “practice” of clinical research. Examples include Informed Consent, Ethics, GCP, Regulatory Affairs, etc.
Disease/Bodily System/Healthcare Specific: Topics deal with the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of physical well-being. Examples of this can include Oncology, Psychiatry, results of trial studies, etc.
Continuing Involvement is participation in a capacity other than learning, including but not limited to: attending a meeting; serving/volunteering; presenting information; or providing oversight. Examples include attendance at Investigator Meetings, Site Initiation Visits, inclusions on a 1572, authoring a journal article, etc.
If you would prefer to re-test to maintain your ACRP Certification, you may do so as long as you take and pass the exam prior to your maintenance deadline. Submission of maintenance application and related fees are required.
ACRP offers a wide variety of on-demand educational resources to help you earn continuing education points. And by participating in ACRP’s on-demand courses your points are automatically reported back to your record, saving you the additional step of having to report your points.
One of our most-popular resources for continuing education points, ACRP’s Home Study tests are offered through Clinical Researcher. Simply read the articles, answer the questions, and earn your points.
Another popular resource is our vast library of recorded content from the ACRP annual conference. Spanning 2021, 2022, and 2023 (coming soon) the Online Conference Library features hundreds of short sessions that you can experience over time to collect your points.
Under ‘My Account Links’ in the right-hand navigation, click the ACRP Certification you are maintaining.
If you have all of your required points entered into your account, click the blue button that reads ‘Submit Maintenance Fee.’ If you are missing points, please add them at this time. You cannot submit your application and payment unless all 24 points have been added.
Apply for the exam by completing and submitting the Maintenance by Examination Form. Only the exam fee is required; the application fee is waved in consideration of your existing ACRP Certification.
After successfully passing the exam, apply for maintenance according to the regular process and deadlines by simply submitting your application and uploading a copy of your exam score report.
ACRP conducts a random audit of maintenance applications each cycle. Candidates whose applications are selected for audit will be notified by email, along with a request for copies of completion certificates and/or other documentation substantiating the points you reported. If you do not comply with the request, or it is determined that the submission does not meet the requirements, ACRP may revoke your certification.
The goal of the Maintenance of Certification process is to ensure, as much as possible, the continuing competence of each credential holder and maintain the professional standard of those engaged in clinical research. The purpose of the continuing competency requirements established by the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals are that credential holders continue to: obtain current professional development information; explore new knowledge in specific content areas; master new clinical research-related skills and techniques; enhance approaches to effective clinical research, both within their specific job role and beyond; further develop professional judgement; and conduct clinical research in a safe and ethical manner.
When do I have to maintain my ACRP Certification?
ACRP-CP, CCRC, CCRA, and CPI credential holders are required to maintain their credentials every two years. To check the expiration date of your credential(s), please visit your ACRP profile and select your certification program under ‘My Account Links’ in the right-hand navigation.