Imagine you’re learning to drive but your driving instructor has not considered your ability to drive or checked you know the laws of the road; rather you’re being taught in a seemingly haphazard manner. It would probably take a lot longer to become a competent and licensed road user as well as being potentially dangerous to others. It would cost you a lot more money because of the extra lessons and retests required before you finally succeeded in passing. There is also the risk you could have adopted some bad habits early on in. Most people working in the clinical research sector know how to drive a car, some of them may even be experts, but probably only a small minority could become competent driving instructors. Anybody who has ever been parent of a young would-be driver will know what I mean about trying to be an impromptu driving instructor! If we want the best chance of learning to drive properly and passing the driving test we use a properly qualified driving instructor.
So how is this relevant to clinical research?
Well, you could argue that running a clinical trial is a bit like going on a car journey. There may be difficulties and hazards along the way which we will need to negotiate, and mistakes can be costly and potentially dangerous. Having competent people running the trial will help us on this journey. Just as having qualified driving instructors helps to ensure good drivers, so having excellent trainers, who are suitably qualified, helps organizations develop competent staff in line with the needs of executing clinical trials effectively and efficiently.
At IAOCR we recognize the value of having highly effective clinical research trainers who are able to deliver learning aligned to both organizational and individual learners’ goals. The benefit for organizations is to have learning and development professionals who are able to deliver training in a highly cost effective and targeted manner, aligned to the organizations goals, and ultimately support the protection of the rights, the wellbeing of patients and the integrity of clinical research data.
To meet this need we have developed the Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Certification (TIACR) which is relevant to anyone involved in delivering training within a clinical research setting. Individuals must provide evidence that they can demonstrate all the relevant core competencies expected of a competent clinical research trainer. The accreditation process is focused on determining whether someone has the skills, knowledge and behaviors to fulfill their role.