Event Calendar

Descriptions of Acceptable CE

SOCRA's requirements for recertification CE credit are quite general, as they pertain to research regulations, operations and management, and yet are also specific to the therapeutic area of the research in which the candidate participates. We therefore leave it to the candidate to determine whether a course or program is acceptable for the individual's CE requirement, and we do not "validate" individual training courses/workshops/presentations.

Any question regarding the appropriateness of a program for CEUs may be e-mailed to SOCRA at: recertification@socra.org directed to the attention of the Certification Committee.

CE credit may not be claimed for work hours or work-specific training.  For example, CE cannot be claimed for protocol-specific  or study-specific training, time spent reviewing protocols, or training on institutional policies and procedures. The Examples and Description of Acceptable CE table serves as a guide for evaluating CE programs.

How to Calculate CE
  • As a rule, one (1) hour of activity = one (1) hour of CE. (45 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A = 1 CE)
  • For example; One classroom hour of learning = One CE hour
  • For college courses; One (1) semester hour of college credit = ten (10) hours of CE
  • For Audio/Video; Tapes must be one hour in length for each hour claimed.
Examples of acceptable programs include:
Types of Activity
Description of Activity
Supporting Documentation Required (submit ONLY if audited)
Maximum CEU Allowed
SOCRA Conference/ Workshop/ Chapter Meeting Programs developed by SOCRA and SOCRA Chapter Meetings offering CE Certificate of attendance No Maximum
Workshops at research facilities/sites Workshops at research facilities/sites or pharmaceutical company meetings encompassing subjects appropriate to clinical research.

1. Agenda, AND

2. Certificate of attendance and/or letter signed by supervisor

Web Based / Online Coursework Education related to clinical research or therapy
Other Seminars/ Conferences Seminars, conferences, programs (applying to clinical research) that contribute to education or professional advancement
University/ College Coursework College, university, or accredited independent study courses relevant to work in clinical research.

1. Transcript showing completion of course, AND

2. Syllabus/course description

Grand rounds, Tumor Boards, and IRB / IEC meetings Grand rounds, tumor boards, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) / Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) meetings

1. Agenda, AND

2. Letter signed by supervisor stipulating learning hours

Maximum = 2 CE from all of these areas combined, per year

Maximum = 6 CE per certification period
Investigator / Site Initiation Meetings CE can be claimed for the GCP training given at investigator meetings and site initiation visits (not for protocol specific training)

1. Agenda, AND

2. Letter signed by supervisor stipulating learning hours

NOTE: Only the GCP training sections of the meetings may be claimed.

Maximum = 2 CE from all of these areas combined, per year Maximum = 6 CE per certification period
Audio/Video Audio and video recordings of CE programs related to clinical research (state, chapter or association meetings, area or local chapter meetings, etc.). Recordings must be one hour in length for each hour claimed. Summary of studied material (minimum 250 words) Maximum = 5 CE per year Maximum = 15 CE per certification period
Self-Study / Journal Articles Reading of journal articles and self study programs may be claimed in one-hour increments for each hour spent on the activity. 1 hour of this activity = 1 CE

Summary of studied material (minimum 250 words)

Self-Study Articles with completed self-test exams do not require summaries.

Maximum = 5 CE per year Maximum = 15 CE per certification period
SOCRA Source Self Study article(s) offers 1 CE each. You may use articles from issues published during your certification period only 12 issues are published during a 3 year certification period. A copy of the completed SOCRA self-test exam for each article.
Active SOCRA officer, committee chair/member Active participation in SOCRA as an elected officer, committee chair or active committee member for SOCRA or a SOCRA chapter.

No documentation required

Note: One year of such participation = one CE hour

Maximum = 1 CE per year

Maximum = 3 CE per certification period