The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

CPI Exam Committee

The Global CPI® Exam Committee uses psychometrically sound practices to develop Certified Physician Investigator (CPI) examinations that meet the current test specifications as determined by the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA). Committee members will provide content expertise to the ongoing development of the CPI certification examinations. For further information on the Global CPI Certification Exam Committee’s goals, objectives, key responsibilities, and meeting schedule, please refer to the Committee Charge below.

2023 CPI Global Exam Committee Members

Randall R. Stoltz, MD, CPI
Medical Director
Evansville, IN
Term 3 /Year 3

Anita Kablinger, MD, CPI
(Vice Chair)
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Roanoke, VA
Term 3 /Year 3

Jackson Snyder II, MD, CPI, CPE, DABT, PMP, RAC
Managing Director
Cato Research
Rockville, MD
Term 2 / Year 2

Sharon Moore, MD, MBA, MPH, CPI
Chief Medical Officer
Johnson City, TN
Term 2 / Year 2

Thomas Ng, MD, CPI, MBA, LLM
Senior Medical Director
PRA Health Sciences
United Kingdom
Term 2 / Year 2

ACRP Staff Liaison:
Giovanna Lancaster
Certification Director

Committee Charge

The mission of the Global CPI Exam Committee is to use psychometrically sound practices to develop Certified Physician Investigators (CPI) examinations that meet the current test specifications as determined by the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA).

Global Goals and Objectives

Committee members will provide content expertise to the ongoing development of the Certified Physician Investigators (CPI) certification examinations. The committee will:

  • Maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the examination.
  • Assure an adequate pool of exam items for potential inclusion on the written examination.
  • Review and approve items, ensuring each item: tests appropriate skill level; topic found on the Detailed Content Outline (DCO); has a viable reference; is keyed correctly; is appropriate for all segments of the candidate population in terms of context, setting, language, descriptions and terminology; is free of bias or stereotyping .
  • Identify, through review of the item bank by content area, topics in the DCO that are underrepresented in the item bank for future assignment to item writers.
  • Review and approve exam forms for administration to the candidate population.
  • Review, approve and retire items for the Exam Practice Exercise tool.
  • Review, revise and evaluate draft items submitted by Item Writers/Subject Matter Experts for potential inclusion as pre-test items.
  • Write items, as necessary, for the examination; provide item references or rationales; submit in a timely manner.
  • Serve as a global ambassador to promote the profession and ACRP certification of CCRCs, CCRAs, and CPIs.
  • Serve as global ambassador of ACRP as the premier membership organization of clinical research and promote membership in ACRP.


The scope of the Global CPI Exam Committee is to develop and deliver psychometrically sound exams that will yield fair and balanced certification examinations for all stakeholders.


It is critical that committee members devote sufficient time to participate in and contribute to committee activities.

Committee Members:

  • Consist of at least five but not more than seven members.
  • Should hold current CPI certification.
  • The demographic makeup of committee members will be based on the relative demographics of exam candidates and shall include proportionate representation from Academic institutions, private physician practice, hospital settings, and investigational drugs/biologics and devices; and geography. Multiple representations may be satisfied from one or more committee members.
  • All members are chosen for their recognized expertise and are selected to fulfill the expertise needs as identified in the committee’s annual survey.
  • Leadership will entail a committee chair and a vice chair.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Are currently involved in the actual conduct of a clinical trial.
  • Keeps current with changes and trends in clinical research.
  • The Committee will define on an annual basis any additional skills and expertise areas required for service on the committee. Minimum expertise requirements will include:
    • Demonstrate ability to write good test terms
    • Demonstrate above-average familiarity with ICH GCPs and other applicable regulatory documents
    • Effective working in a team environment and independently
    • Ability to meet, face-to-face two times a year
    • Ability to take the certification examination two times per year
    • Ability to solve problems and prioritize tasks
    • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
    • Additional skills and expertise may be determined annually by the Academy Board committee chair and staff liaison.

Role of Chair

The Committee Chair is responsible for leadership and facilitating the work of the committee and working with the Staff liaison to develop the meeting agenda.

Role of Vice Chair

In the absence of the Chair, the Global CPI Exam Committee Vice Chair is responsible for leadership and facilitating the work of the committee.

Roll of Staff Liaison

The Staff Liaison provides all necessary support to the Chair, Vice Chair, and all the committee members to facilitate the work of the committee, including setting up meetings and helping to prepare the materials.

Staff Liaison: Certification Manager

Term Length:

  • Committee members will serve one, three-year term with an option to serve one additional sequential term of three years.
  • Members may return to serving the committee, per the needs of the committee, after a two year break in service.
  • If an individual has served two, three-year terms, he/she may be appointed as Chair by the Academy Board for an additional one-year term.

Meeting Schedule

The Global CPI Exam Committee will meet face-to-face two times per year; dates and locations for the coming year will be determined at the October meeting each year. Teleconference calls may be conducted as necessary. All meetings will be supported financially by the Academy.


  • Informal reporting about the committee’s activities will occur quarterly to the Academy Board.
  • An annual report will be submitted to the Academy Board.
  • Committee’s work will be aligned with the ACRP Strategic Plan.

Annual Goals for 2018

  • Revive the item writing process to ensure an adequate number of items in the usable item bank by holding at least three (3) remote item writing assignments and holding an item writing training session at the Global Conference
  • Recruit more CPI item writers by holding a second in-person item writing training session over a weekend
  • Add 50 usable items to the item bank
  • Recode current item bank to new Detailed Content Outline
  • Identify gaps in item bank content based on new DCO and develop plans to address gaps
  • Makes recommendation to the Academy Board for additional approved reference sources
  • Approve one new form of the exam for 2018 Exam Cycle