CRA BASICS, TIPS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ENTRY LEVEL CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES OR THOSE INTERESTED IN BECOMING CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
A lot of people have been emailing me questions which are totally welcome and encouraged. I have been getting the same question over and over again and figured I should address it here once and for all. I want to become a clinical research associate, should I get a CRA certificate? I have my qualms about CRA certification because I believe that they are not necessary. If you already have a Bachelors of Science in a Health field or a Nursing degree or even a masters in science but ultimately have no experience a certificate is not going to help you. Employers want experienced CRAs and the only way to get experience is to work in the field. When do you get certified? Despite my qualms there is a time to get certified. After you have experience. Why? Because experience plus a certificate can boost your chances of getting a higher level position. Also most reputable certificate programs require a certain number of years of experience before you are eligible to receive a certificate anyway! What program do you recommend? ACRP – Association of Clinical Research Professional SoCRA – Society of Clinical Research Associates These professional clinical research networks offer a wealth of information and networking opportunities in addition to information of certification. Do you have a Certificate? Well I have been working in the industry for a few years and have yet to feel the need to get certified. Why? I don’t think it will hurt me professionally but at this point I don’t think it can help much either. I want to stay in the position I am in for several more years. My company will ultimately pay for certification in the future. So I will wait until then.
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