Frequently Asked Questions
Is it compulsory to do an IAOCR training course?
No. The accreditation process is focused on determining whether someone has the skills, knowledge and behaviors to do their role. Training course attendance is not a pre-requisite. We are delighted to work in partnership with ACDM (Association for Clinical Data Managers) to provide training if required.
Can companies use their own training staff / course content?
Yes. We work with a wide range of clients from small not-for-profit organizations to global corporations. We recognize that each one has different needs and requirements and therefore provide a flexible approach. We often work closely with organization’s existing teams. If you want to provide training prior to the accreditation process it can be provided by IAOCR, the your own organization or your third party training provider – the choice is yours.
Can we include additional, company-specific assessment criteria?
Yes. Many organizations ask us to assess competencies specific to their organization’s requirements. We are happy to do this.
Can the accreditation be structured to meet our specific needs?
Yes. Each IAOCR Qualified Professional Status Certification is made up of a number of accredited units with accredited learning outcomes. These can be structured to support your organization’s needs and career pathways.
What’s the difference between Accreditation, Certification & Qualifications?
- Qualifications are generally academic and theory based. Participants are usually asked to submit essays and assignments. Most Qualifications are internationally recognizable via the UNESCO ISCED Framework.
- IAOCR Accreditations & Certifications are pragmatic and focused on real-life clinical research. Participants are asked to submit evidence of their competence based on what they do in the workplace. The accreditations are internationally recognizable via the UNESCO ISCED Framework.
- Certifications are generally not internationally recognizable. Assessment is often carried out via an on-line knowledge-based test (sometimes multiple choice). Some organizations request assignments or examples of workplace activities, but these rarely provide a true indication of competence. Certification standards vary enormously from one provider to another.