Qualified Clinical Research Central Monitor Certification (CMIACR) 2017-07-06T13:49:03+01:00

Qualified Clinical Research Central Monitor Certification (CMIACR)

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, but we are happy 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.

How to Achieve CMIACR Accreditation


To achieve the Qualified Clinical Research Central Monitor Certification (CMIACR) individuals must provide evidence that they can demonstrate all the relevant core competencies expected of a competent central monitor.

Evidence of competence is collected through day-to-day workplace based activities and assessed against independently accredited learning outcomes.  This approach is unique to IAOCR and is the most robust and meaningful competence-based accreditation standard in the industry.

Since evidence of competence is collected during day-to-day workplace based activities, the time commitment required to build an evidence portfolio is kept to a minimum.  Our philosophy is that evidence of competence needs to be meaningful and pragmatic.

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Internationally Recognizable, Robust and Truly Independent

Internationally Recognizable – Our independently accredited modules and accredited assessment criteria are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education developed by UNESCO.  This is the framework which provides an international “currency” for qualifications and accreditations and thus enables IAOCR Qualified Status Certification to be recognizable by educational establishments and employers globally.

Independently Quality Assured – IAOCR provides independent assessment and verification of workplace competence. To ensure the highest level of robustness, consistency and objectivity we work to Ofqual quality standards and are independently monitored.  Ofqual (Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) reports directly to UK Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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