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Clinical Research Operations Program

The Clinical Research Operations Program offers classes specific to clinical research involving human subjects. The goal of the program is to raise the quality of clinical research across Stanford and to enhance the career growth of clinical research personnel. Class instructors include faculty and staff with clinical research expertise from across Stanford University.

Benefits of Participation

  • Gain fundamental knowledge related to conducting clinical research in compliance with federal, state and local regulations
  • Prepare for Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) certification exams
  • Enhance career growth and advancement

Stanford Clinical Research Operations Core Classes

Core classes provide practical information to develop and enhance clinical research operations skills in core competency areas deemed essential to clinical and translational science by NCATS. Each of the core classes is offered several times per year.

Certification Requirements

To qualify for the Stanford Clinical Research Operations Certification, participants must be employed by Stanford, complete CITI, HIPAA, complete all of the required core classes, four elective classes and pass the Certification exam.

Stanford Clinical Research Operations Certification

To receive a Stanford Clinical Research Operations Certification:

  • Record your training on the Clinical Research Operations Certification Dashboard
  • Complete core classes. To receive credit for core classes you must:
    1. Attend in person (if a classroom option is offered) or live virtual training.
    2. Complete the associated quiz within 30 days of participating in the class.
    3. Complete the associated evaluation within 30 days of participating in the class.
  • Complete four elective classes (classes offered by SCCR, Lane Library, CCTO, or other Stanford classes, qualify as electives).
  • Complete all core and elective classes, and register for the exam within a 24-month period.
  • Earn a passing score on the certification exam.

Exam Registration

The Clinical Research Operations Certification Exam takes place twice during the year, in the Spring and Fall. Complete all certification requirements and apply for the exam by the following deadlines:

Spring Exam: Friday, Mar. 1, 2024 (Exam Dates: Mar. 26 & 28)

Fall Exam: Friday, Sept. 27, 2024 (Exam Dates: Oct. 29 & 31) 

What is the Exam Format & Length?

  • Exam time: 2 hours (9 – 11am)
  • Exam length: 80 + scored questions (multiple choice, scenario-based)
  • Computer-based exam at Stanford taken on participant’s computer

Certification Maintenance

Complete Recertification Form.

  • Maintain HIPAA and CITI training
  • Complete 10 classes, including 3 cores
  • Complete assessment survey


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