Patrick in Montréal, Quebec said: Hello there,
I'm from Montreal and I am an mechanical engineer who owns also a biomedical certificate (with few master courses). I've been working into the medical devices industry within a R&D team as a mechanical engineer.
Medical devices engineering development jobs are quite rare here in Quebec, so I am thinking about changing my career. I want to become a CRA (clinical research associate).
What are the steps to follow? Do I have the credentials? Do I need to get pertinent experiences? Do I need to volunteer to get the "often" minimum 2 yrs experience required? Should I get a CRA training course (certification) first (there's a school in Montreal en.cra-school.ca/ )?
Thanks to help me out with those questions.
Regarding your backround, I suggest you to do the certification proposed by cra-school.
I am currently regestered on this program and I think that it is a better manner to have a big overview in the field for a person who didn't have any experience.
After this, you can either do some volunter job or getting some documentation specialist experience in CRO or academic institution befor postulating for CRA.
Because, CRA position is not a bigining position, it is for people who get 2 years experience in the field.
If you want to have more information about the programme, do not hesitate to contact me on email@example.com
Kind and thanks