ACRP Celebrates 40,000 Certifications

Professionals in 50+ Countries Earn the Most Reputable Credentials in Clinical Research

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) has just awarded its 40,000th certification, marking a historic milestone for the most reputable credentialing program in clinical research.

With a 30-year legacy, ACRP Certification is the clinical research profession’s most recognized and respected endorsement of clinical research competency. Since 1992, 40,586 professionals and their employers have come to trust ACRP Certification as the trusted mark of excellence in clinical research.

“It’s exciting for the clinical research profession to see more and more professionals making the commitment to become ACRP Certified,” says Susan Landis, ACRP Executive Director. “We are thrilled to see growing adoption and such a strong dedication to professionalism in clinical research.”

“This milestone is not only an achievement for ACRP, but for the clinical research profession,” adds Steven Ziemba, PhD, MBA, CIP, CCRC, CPI, ACRP-PM, FACRP, Chair of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals, the independent affiliate of ACRP responsible for administration of ACRP Certification exams. “It is a testament to each and every professional and employer who has committed to the highest standards in our important profession.”

ACRP Certified professionals say their achievement results in greater confidence and responsibility on the job, more employment and career growth opportunities, as well as promotions, bonuses, and salary increases.

“Joining ACRP and becoming certified was the best thing I ever did to jumpstart my career in research and has opened many doors for me,” says Jeri Burr, MS, RN, PED-BC, CCRA, FACRP, who earned her ACRP Certification in 1999.

For employers, ACRP Certification is an ideal solution for managers looking to enhance study team knowledge, grow leaders, and signify to others that their study teams are among the best of the best. Studies also show ACRP Certification improves clinical trial operations, including higher enrollment rates[1], lower protocol deviations[2], and better inspection performance[3].

ACRP offers 6 credentialing programs, including: ACRP Certified Professional (ACRP-CP®); Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA®); Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®); Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®); ACRP Medical Device Professional (ACRP-MDP); and ACRP Project Manager (ACRP-PM®).

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[1] Research Projects Show Credentialed Principal Investigators and CRCs Perform Better (CenterWatch Weekly)

[2] Certification in good clinical practice and clinical trial quality: A retrospective analysis of protocol adherence in four multicenter trials in the USA (Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs)

[3] CPI Certification as Predictor of Clinical Investigators’ Regulatory Compliance (Drug Information Journal)

About ACRP

With more than 16,500 members, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to representing, supporting, and advocating for clinical research professionals. ACRP supports individuals and life science organizations globally by providing community, education, and credentialing programs. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to promote excellence in clinical research and whose vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. Follow ACRP on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Learn more by visiting Advancing People Advancing Health™