Requirements for Maintaining Certification

Term of Certification / Certification Period

The certification period is three years, beginning on the date of most recent certification and ending on certification expiration date.   All CE must be accrued during this time period.
Installment certification fees, if selected, must be paid in a timely manner.  It is the responsibility of the certificant to submit payments.  SOCRA, as a courtesy, sends certification installment payment notice by email two months prior to the due date. Nonpayment of installment fees will automatically terminate CCRP designation.

Continuing Education Requirement

Certification of Clinical Research Professionals by SOCRA is based on a continuing process of professional experience and education. This program is dedicated to providing recognition and validation of the professional growth of the individual CCRP® to the healthcare community.

Certificants must have completed 45 hours (45 credits) of CE during their certification period. A minimum of 22 CE must be related to Clinical Research regulations, policy, etc. The remaining CE may relate to your Therapeutic or Professional Area. 1 CE will be awarded for the successful completion of the recertification continuing competence learning module. Only educational hours may be claimed for CE; you may not claim CE credit for your work hours.

It is the responsibility of the certificant to maintain copies of program descriptions or agendas, and some form of verification of attendance such as a certificate of completion or letter of attendance or notice of grade, or class completion certificate. A random audit of programs submitted for CE credit will be conducted each year.

Recertification / Certification Renewal

In order to maintain active certification status, the CCRP® must apply for renewal of certification to the Certification Committee every three years.  More information regarding recertification can be found under the Recertification section of the website.