The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

CRA Core Competency Foundations™

Accelerate time to productivity and standardize monitoring performance.

This unique, competency-based training program delivers practical, hands-on learning based on real-world protocol execution. Flexible, customizable, and scalable for all types of clinical research organizations. An ideal solution for organizations looking to onboard new CRA hires or refresh current monitoring teams to mitigate errors and potential bad habits.

CRA Core Competency Foundations is a mix of eLearning and In-Person activities based on real-world protocol execution by simulating monitoring activities at two different types of sites. The In-Person activities can be delivered by ACRP’s experienced trainers, or we can train your in-house instructors to administer them.

Structured around core monitoring competencies as defined within the ICH GCP Guidelines, the training program covers the “theory” of monitoring, with a heavy emphasis on the “how to monitor” through real-life, simulated experiences.

CRA Core Competency Foundations incorporates numerous case scenarios to allow both new and experienced CRAs to practice and hone their skills with real-world examples.

A One-of-a-Kind Training Experience

  • This unique program uses cutting-edge learning techniques, engaging students in critical thinking and decision making, not just memorizing.
  • The fully customizable, modular-based format allows organizations to tailor in-house training to the current needs and responsibilities of monitors. Use ACRP’s materials as provided, or leverage existing resources while incorporating your own SOPs and forms.
  • The course materials use infographics as the primary handout (instead of multiple PowerPoint slides) for a more focused, visually appealing, and environmentally friendly approach to learning the essentials of monitoring competencies.


This program is designed to build standardized, monitoring-specific competency in the areas of:

  • Verifying site qualifications
  • Evaluating and ensuring adequate PI oversight
  • Validating compliance with the protocol, GCPs, and all human subject and data management requirements
  • Ensuring proper investigational product management
  • And More