Certification for CRA, which one is better? ACRP or SoCRA?

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Jennifer Zhang in Auckland, New Zealand

69 months ago

Hi, can anyone help me with the question as above? From the employer's point of view, which one is more attractive to them if you put your certification information on your CV?

I also get quite confused about some postgraduate certificate programs, will this be even better than one of the certifications from professional associations?

Any comments would be much appreciated! I would like to make the right decision and spend my money wisely!

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Allex in Covent Garden, United Kingdom

28 months ago

Better get certified from CRS- Clinical Research Society. It's validated, accepted in the industry and doesn't cost as much. They have the CCRA certification for CRAs.
Alex

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Arif in Brooklyn, New York

28 months ago

The preferred certification depends on what you want in your career. If you'd like to work in the industry (pharm companies/CROs)- pick ACRP's CCRA certification. If you want to work in a university health programs or hospitals, pick SoCRA's CCRP certification. If you do not have any monitoring experience and want to look attractive to employers, try CCRP with your coordinating experience.

I have not seen anyone benefit from post-grad certificate programs. A Master's degree can help you move from CRA into management, but won't help in getting entry level jobs- the work experience means more than the schooling.

NOTE: I don't know about Australia, but in the USA, ACRP and SoCRA certifications are the ONLY legitimate certifications. There are several scams out there that don't require experience, so beware. Never heard of the CRS certification mentioned by Alex.

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Evren in Rotterdam, Netherlands

20 months ago

Hi Arif and Alex
I will be very happy if any of you can answer my question.

I live in Holland and I graduated as research scientist in 2011 but I cannot work as CRA because I do not have any experience or training or certificate of CRA or ICH GCP. Whenever I read a job position I read that CRA training is a must. What do you suggest me to do?

I cehecked other jobs such as regulatory affairs or clinical trial assistant but I did not find anything.

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Evren in Rotterdam, Netherlands

20 months ago

What is the website to get this training? There are hundreds of pages offering this education.

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Mather in Ansonia, Connecticut

20 months ago

The only places I would recommend to get CRA education are:

1. ACRP: acrpnet.org (association of clinical research professionals)
2. SoCRA: SOCRA.org (professional society of clinical research associates)
3. Barnett International : barnettinternational.com
4. For more diverse positions, ensure that the course is certified to use as CEUs for professional organizations!

Evren, since I haven't met any other People from Holland on this forum, I highly suggest that you do some networking and take a current CRA working in Holland out to lunch. Talk to them face to face and have a good conversation about the job over a lunch. This will be the best way for you to learn about what you need to get your career started.

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Evren in Rotterdam, Netherlands

20 months ago

Thank you so much. I appreciate this information. I will try to Network people. Can I also contact you via Linked In? If you also like to add me you can find me as Evren Sener.

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David Chilton in League City, Texas

20 months ago

Arif in Brooklyn, New York said: The preferred certification depends on what you want in your career. If you'd like to work in the industry (pharm companies/CROs)- pick ACRP's CCRA certification. If you want to work in a university health programs or hospitals, pick SoCRA's CCRP certification. If you do not have any monitoring experience and want to look attractive to employers, try CCRP with your coordinating experience.

I have not seen anyone benefit from post-grad certificate programs. A Master's degree can help you move from CRA into management, but won't help in getting entry level jobs- the work experience means more than the schooling.

NOTE: I don't know about Australia, but in the USA, ACRP and SoCRA certifications are the ONLY legitimate certifications. There are several scams out there that don't require experience, so beware. Never heard of the CRS certification mentioned by Alex.

I have heard of other CRA certification programs such as one given by Kriger Research Group. How does this agency size up and is it acceptible in the clinical arena?

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David Chilton in League City, Texas

20 months ago

I have heard of other CRA certification programs such as one given by Kriger Research Group. How does this agency size up and is it acceptible in the clinical arena?

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Violet in Claymont, Delaware

20 months ago

Hi David,

I think it is really important to point out the difference between a Certificate and a Certification. Kriger is a for-profit training company that issues certificates to people that complete their course. ACRP and SOCRA are non-profit professional organizations that are committed to education, training and improving standards in the field. Completing the Kriger course will NOT make you a CCRA- this term is registered and can only be used by those with ACRP. It is also important to note that Kriger does not have NCCA approval (national commission for certifying agencies). Therefore, you do NOT become a certified clinical research associate by completing the Kriger course.

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ArpitC1@hotmail.com

16 months ago

Evren in Rotterdam, Netherlands said: Thank you so much. I appreciate this information. I will try to Network people. Can I also contact you via Linked In? If you also like to add me you can find me as Evren Sener.

Hey Evren,
I was reading this thread on this forum and I was curious to see if you made any progress in breaking into the clinical research field. I started as a CRC with BD in New Jersy. I was just wondering how the clinical research job market is in the Netherlands. If you want you can contact me via linkedin or email me @ ArpitC1@hotmail.com. Hope to hear from you. Good luck.

Best regards,
Arpit Chokshi

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Carlo Nicdao in West Covina, California

1 month ago

What about www.pharmaschool.co ??? I finished their Ultimate CRA Development Certification. Are they good enough for new grads? Because ACRP and SOCRA requires some hours to be eligible to qualify for their certification. I don't have any right now. Any suggestion would be great!

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DC in Vancouver, British Columbia

6 days ago

I have been following this thread and would like to receive additional information.

I hold a Bachelors degree in Chemistry (Hons), Masters degree in Molecular Medical Microbiology and PhD in Microbiology (U.K), and postdoctoral research experience in molecular virology and immunology (NIH, USA). My training is based on GLP. I wish to transition to a career in clinical research with emphasis on designing, planning and managing clinical research, data analysis and management.
What are my chances of being accepted into a CRA program without GCP in ACRP?

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