CCRP Certification Quick Facts

Explore the essential details of SOCRA's Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) program, gaining valuable insights into the numerous advantages of certification that align with global standards, ethical principles, and regulatory guidelines. Whether you're thinking about your professional journey or seeking excellence for your team, SOCRA's CCRP certification is your gateway to the highest standards in clinical research. 

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One certification, CCRP®, for all clinical research professionals

SOCRA offers one comprehensive clinical research certification so there is no need to obtain multiple certifications when you transition to varying roles in the clinical research arena. 

The scope of the Certification Program is based on the principles of Good Clinical Practice, including the US Code of Federal Regulations, ICH GCP E6, and the Ethical Principles that guide clinical research (Belmont report, Declaration of Helsinki and the Nuremberg Code). One certification covers: human clinical research of pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and behavioral research within the US or internationally.

 Available to all persons working in clinical research: 

SOCRA members enjoy reduced certification fees, while non-members receive complimentary SOCRA membership upon passing the exam.

 Whether you are independent or affiliated with a research institution, or you're an investigator, coordinator, monitor, nurse, or any other role – SOCRA's CCRP is your credential of excellence.

Year-round testing available:

SOCRA offers flexible year-round testing in two formats. Take your paper and pencil exam at a SOCRA sponsored site, or through Computer Based Testing (CBT) at a testing center or from the comfort of your home through Home Proctoring. You can even host an exam at your site.

 Multiple Paths for Eligibility:

Qualifying for the exam is flexible. Your professional and educational experiences open multiple paths to eligibility.

Certification period

Your certification period is 3 years (with three year installment plan available). 


Maintain your certification through your professional experience and continuing education. Certificants must have completed 45 hours (45 credits) of CE during their certification period.

Administered independently by the Certification Committee:

As a professional certification organization, SOCRA and its Certification Committee act in the public interest by establishing and enforcing education, examination, experience, and ethics requirements for certification.

Industry Recognized and Accredited:

SOCRA is proud to be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, recognizing our commitment to the highest standards. The CCRP designation is also acknowledged by TransCelerate BioPharma and the  American Nurses Credentialing Center.

  • SOCRA is accredited by The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.
  • TransCelerate BioPharma recognizes the CCRP® designation as evidence of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognizes the CCRP® designation toward assisting a hospital in meeting requirements of its Magnet Recognition Program.


Why is Being Certified Important?