The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

ACRP Entry-Level CTA Competency Development and Assessment Roadmap™

The ACRP Entry-Level Clinical Trial Associate (CTA) Competency Development and Assessment Roadmap™ facilitates the standard onboarding, training, and competency development of new CTAs — enabling greater consistency in expectations, career guidance, and performance quality.

This practical, application-based document helps support:

  • Prioritization of competencies that entry-level CTAs should focus on within their first year of work.
  • Understanding of which are the most important competencies for entry-level CTAs and how those competencies can be developed.
  • Systematic competency development planning and tracking.

Organizational Uses

This resource is a “one-stop-shop” to document the competency development, assessment, and achievement activities for entry-level CTAs.

  • Facilitate standardized onboarding, training, and competency development of new CTAs.
  • Enable structured performance assessment / quality assurance review by CTA managers.
  • Encourage improved staff retention by setting entry-level CTAs up for success early in their careers.

Individual Uses

  • Gain a clear picture of the competency expectations required as an entry-level CTA and the pathway for achieving these competencies.
  • Recognize competency gaps and be empowered to take a more proactive role in addressing them.
  • Facilitate documentation of a comprehensive portfolio of competencies that can be used for career advancement.

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