The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

CRC Core Competency Foundations™

Improve operational quality and trial outcomes while standardizing clinical research coordinator (CRC) performance.

This competency-based training program delivers practical, hands-on learning based on real-world protocol execution. Cost effective, customizable, and scalable for all types of clinical research organizations. An ideal solution for onboarding new clinical research coordinators and accelerating their time to competency, the program can also help standardize CRC competency across your organization.

CRC Core Competency Foundations is a blended approach of self-study, eLearning, and facilitated online or face-to-face sessions. The modules are fully customizable in terms of delivering consecutively, or through a staged approach along with your other institutional SOPs/systems training. You control the timing and pacing of the training based on your needs. This program is ideally delivered via a “train-the-trainer” approach to maximize integration into your organizational modules, although an ACRP instructor-led training version may also be employed.

Training that Addresses the Practical Realities of a COVID-19-Impacted World 

ACRP has optimized the CRC Core Competency Foundations program to deliver content efficiently and effectively — using valuable trainer/classroom time only for more complex concepts, discussion, and interactivity, while leveraging eLearning for more standardized knowledge transfer. This approach ensures all participants not only learn the theoretical aspects of their role, but are able to put theory into practice while on the job.

A Unique Training Experience

  • This one-of-a-kind 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 CRCs. 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 CRC competencies.


While CRCs perform a vast array of tasks, which vary by organization, ultimately they support the fulfillment of the investigator’s obligations per ICH-GCP requirements. This program is designed to build standardized, clinical research coordination-specific competency in the areas of:

  • Subject management
  • IRB/IEC communications
  • Investigational product management
  • Protocol / GCP compliance
  • And More