Professional Research Certifications

Professional Research Certifications

There are 2 national organizations that provide education and professional certification of Clinical Research Coordinators:  ACRP  and  SoCRA.


ACRP (Association of  Clinical Research Professionals) is the older organization.  From their website:

“Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, ACRP was founded in 1976 to address the distinct educational and networking needs of research nurses and others who supported the work of clinical investigations. With its own professional society came the recognition of a new distinctive profession — that of the clinical researcher. More than 35 years later, ACRP is a global association comprised of the largest community dedicated to clinical research and development.”


SoCRA (Society of Clinical Research Associates) was founded in 1991. From their website:

SoCRA, as a “professional membership organization, was developed to provide educational programs, certification, and a forum for research professionals to exchange information. SoCRA was originally created to benefit researchers at the site, yet our membership has grown to include monitors, data managers, quality assurance, and regulatory representatives from industry, academia, research centers, NIH and regulatory agencies.”