Today various certification programs for Clinical Research Associate or/and Clinical Study Coordinator are available. Some of them even become an industry for money making and unfortunately leading to complete fraud in job advertising. A typical posting for un-existing positions in clinical research will mislead a job seeker, regarding the market demand and equivalent qualifications one needs to become a Clinical Research Professional. These postings are usually build to identify potential clients for various training programs; some of them will even invite you for a job interview, where they will specifically try to impose on you to take a “X, Y, Z” training course, which, according to them, will give you the desired job position.
There in nothing wrong in taking formal training, indeed I will sincerely recommend to undergo formal training to anyone who wants the career change from basic or translational science to clinical research. However, I want to clarify that training will not guarantee a JOB. Thus, it is very important to consider where you are going to have training. It is also important to know that not all certificates are equally acceptable.
For official Clinical Research Organizations such as The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) please visit their web-sites:
These organizations also provide Certification Programs for Clinical Research Professionals, however in order to be applicable for the final examination one must have several years of clinical experience.
My advice to all new-comers to the field of Clinical Research -to do meticulous market search, included professional networking, prior their final decision regarding training program.
I want to wish us all to make wiser decisions in the coming New Year, which will lead us to the final destination we are seeking – a DREAM JOB.
Dear Friends, have a Happy New Year!