Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)


Credential: Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) certification validates professionals who have proficiency in six core knowledge areas based on current practice in clinical research: Scientific Concepts and Research Design, Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations, Product Development and Regulation, Clinical Trial Operations (GCPs), Study and Site Management, and Data Management and Informatics.  A clinical research coordinator (CRC) works at a clinical research site, with study subjects, under the immediate direction of a principal investigator, whose research activities are conducted under Good Clinical Practice Guidelines. Candidates must meet experience requirements to be eligible for the CCRC examination. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3000 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
Alexandria, VA  22314

Phone: 703-254-8100

Fax: 703-254-8101
Email: office@acrpnet.org

Candidate must have earned 3,000 hours of professional experience. Candidate may utilize one option below as a valid substitution for hours of work experience:

  • Option 1 - Clinical Research Certifications 
    • Candidate who has a current ACRP-CO, CCRA, or CPI designation will have achieved a valid substitute for 1,500 hours of the required professional experience.
  • Option 2 - Clinical Research Education Programs
    • Candidate who has a completed clinical research degree program that is accredited by the Council for Higher Education will have acheived a valid substitute for 1,500 hours of the required professional experience.

The Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) credential has the following other requirements:

Written Exam

  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design (8%)
  • Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations (20%)
  • Product Development and Regulation (14%)
  • Clinical Trial Operations (GCP) (23%)
  • Study and Site Management (22%)
  • Data Management and Informatics (13%)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) certification is renewed every two years. CCRC certification holders must obtain 24 Continuing Education (CE) and/or Continuing Involvement (CI) activities. A recertification fee is required.

    Additional information can be found on the ACRP website.

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