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Title: SoCRA The Society of Clinical Research Associates

SoCRAThe Society of Clinical Research Associates
  • Kimberly B. Bradley, CCRP

  • Background and Growth
  • Mission
  • Certification
  • Getting Involved

  • Founded and Incorporated in 1991
  • First annual conference in 1992
  • CCRP certifications began in 1995
  • Quality Education, Peer Recognition,
    Professional Certification

Current Membership
  • 11,350 members (as of December 31, 2008)
  • gt6,687 are CCRP certified
  • 41 countries represented
  • Six continents
  • 53 Chapters

Mission Statement
  • The express aim of SoCRA is to provide training
    and continuing education for clinical research
    professionals and to establish and maintain an
    international certification program for clinical
    research professionals.

Mission-Specific Actions
  • Establishing educational programming and provide
    continuing education
  • Establishing an internationally recognized
    certification program, and
  • Fostering the professional development and peer
    recognition of Clinical Research Professionals

Clinical Research Professional
  • Clinical investigator, sub-investigator, clinical
    researcher, research nurse, administrator,
    coordinator, consultant, or educator in clinical
    trial managementinvolved in one or more aspects
    of clinical trials research

Clinical Research Professional
  • data collection, analysis, or monitoring
  • case management of protocol participants
  • recruitment and enrollment of human subjects
  • protection of subjects and subjects rights
    through IRB relations
  • development of informed consents
  • preparation of adverse event experience reports
  • construction or monitoring of case report forms
  • maintenance of drug accountability records
  • grant and budget development
  • report preparation
  • education of other health-care professionals,
    patients or families regarding clinical trials
  • protocol development
  • program administration
  • research program audit

SoCRA Membership
  • Open to any clinical research professional
  • Do not have to be certified (or obtain
    certification) to be a member
  • Local chapter membership included automatically

Virginia Membership
  • 159 members, 76 certified CCRPs
  • 7 VCU members certified CCRPs

  • SoCRA Membership (prior to or at time of exam
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Successfully pass CCRP Exam
  • Re-certify every three years
  • recertification exam
  • 45 hours continuing education

Minimum Experience
  • Two years of full time employment in clinical
    research during last five years, OR
  • Degree in Clinical Research, with 1 year of full
    time experience during the last two years, OR
  • 12 or more semester hours in a clinical research
    curriculum with a degree in a related field and
    one year of experience during the past two years.
  • See exam application for details on degrees and
    information on qualification with part-time hours.

Common Questions
Will work pay for it?!?!?!
Will I get a raise?!?!?!
Exam Expense
  • SoCRA Membership is 75 per year
  • Certification exam is 195 (member rate)
  • Recertification is 100 (every three years)
  • SCT (Society for Clinical Trials)
  • 110 annual membership no certification
  • ACRP (Association of Clinical Research
  • 150 annual membership
  • 20-25 charge to join local chapter
  • 410 for certification exam (includes 100
    application fee, member rate)

Benefits of Certification
  • Raises are department specific and usually
  • Internationally recognized
  • Commitment to the field of research
  • Proof of knowledge and familiarity with

Salary Survey
  • CCRP not directly correlated with higher salary
  • only applies to newly certified
  • CCRPs with three years or more of certification
    make above average salaries
  • Higher incomes associated more with education and
    years experience

Salary Survey Findings
  • More involvement in professional organizations,
    including attending the SoCRA annual conference
    and education workshops, is associated with
    higher compensation.

Get Involved
  • Step One JOIN!
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting
    started. Sally Berger

Get Involved!
  • Attend an Annual Conference
  • September 2009 Nashville, TN Gaylord Opryland
  • Future Dates
  • September 2010 Dallas, TX
  • September 2011 San Francisco, CA
  • September 2012 Las Vegas (not finalized)

Get Involved
  • Attend Educational Courses
  • FDA Clinical Trial Requirements
  • Clinical Site Management
  • Device Research Workshop
  • Clinical Science Course
  • SOP Development and Implementation
  • Monitoring Workshop

Get Involved
  • Attend local chapter meetings
  • Meet in conjunction with department meetings
  • Sponsor SoCRA programming and certification tests
  • Hold mini conferences for locals

Get Involved
  • Take the CCRP Exam
  • Speak at local and/or national meetings
  • Volunteer for committees or Board membership

Always Changing
  • Research is a field of constant change
  • Regulations
  • Clinical Care
  • Technology
  • Education and involvement are essential for
    career movement and field advancement

Finishing Quote
  • If you want to accomplish anything in life, you
    can't just sit back and hope it will happen.
    You've got to make it happen. Chuck Norris
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