Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (Site-Based)

60 CPE Points
6 Learning Credits

IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (Site-Based)

Internationally accepted professional accreditation standard for site-based Clinical Research Coordinators. Suitable for professionals already working as a site based Clinical Research Coordinator as well as those looking to transition into the role (who already have the required experience or have completed training for this role and and want to evidence their competence to Sponsors, CROs, employers and patients).

Accreditation Outline

The Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (Q-IAOCR) professional standard was developed in conjunction with global clinical trial experts and enables successful participants to achieve accreditation and professional recognition as a site-based Clinical Trial Coordinator. You may already have a Clinical Research Coordinator Certification, and are now looking to achieve a formal, internationally accepted accreditation to demonstrate your ability to work to best-practice global standards.

Individuals must provide evidence that they can demonstrate all the relevant core competencies expected of a competent site based Clinical Trial Coordinator*. The accreditation process is focused on determining whether someone has the skills, knowledge and behaviours to fulfil their role, measured against a set of robust accredited assessment criteria which have been developed from the core competency framework validated by the industry. 

This unique and independently accredited program uses assessment criteria mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education developed by UNESCO. Participants successfully passing the accreditation assessment are awarded IAOCR Internationally Qualified Status (Q-IAOCR), which is internationally accepted and familiar to educational establishments and employers globally.


  1. Please note that IAOCR does not provide training. The purpose of our accreditations is to competence verify individuals who have already received training through another provider, and/or gained the necessary ‘on the job’ experience. (See entry requirements for further details).
  2. All our career accreditation programs are developed from global core competency frameworks ratified by the industry for that specific role. However, they do not assess competency in local/country laws or regulations that may be applicable to your role in your region/country. Please ensure that you take responsibility to be competent in any relevant local/country legislation in addition to receiving IAOCR international accreditation.

What does the Accreditation assessment involve?

Normally one working day before the program start date, you will be sent a link to access your online assessment portal. The assessment is a blend of multiple-choice questions, questions requiring free text answers and interactive scenarios designed to test your competence as a site-based Clinical Research Co-ordinator (this is your ‘Portfolio of Evidence’). Upon completion of your assessment, your portfolio will be sent to the IAOCR Assessment team for review and independent verification.
If you have successfully passed the accreditation you will be awarded the following:

  • A Certificate of Accreditation
  • A Professional Certification Mark (displaying your award date and unique registration number)
  • The Designatory letters Q-IAOCR – Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (Site).

Accreditation documents are normally awarded within 6 weeks of assessment submission (see Programme Registration section for details).

How long does it take to complete the assessment?

On average, the assessment takes up to 2 hours to complete. You can complete the assessment in your own time, but you must ensure that your final submission adheres to the deadline for assessment submission according to your registration date (see table in programme registration section).

Entry Requirements

Before enrolling on the Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (Site) program, it is also important that you confirm that your career and educational background has provided you with the necessary experience to complete the competence assessment areas listed below.  Please ensure that you have self-certified your ability to complete the accreditation assessment before enrolling on the programme by confirming your experience in the following assessment areas (which are applicable to the level of responsibility for a site based Clinical Research Coordinator):

  • Regulatory frameworks and reporting requirements for clinical trials
  • Clinical trial protocols and designs
  • Data management and data integrity in clinical trials
  • Patient rights, safety, consent, confidentiality in clinical trials
  • Data collection in clinical trials (including DCTs)
  • Drug development process
  • Communication in clinical trials
  • Document maintenance & budget support
  • Process and relevant documentation for start-up and close-out
  • Quality and risk management in clinical trials
  • Understanding of the Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP)
  • Role of stakeholders in Clinical Trials
  • ICH-GCP and good clinical practice


£ 450.00

*If you require an invoice please email once you have your booking confirmation

Registration Dates

The 2023 cohort registration dates for Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (Site-Based) are below:

Award of Accreditation Certificates and Professional Certification Marks normally happens within 6 weeks of assessment submission.

If your preferred start date is not currently listed below, you can contact us to register your interest and we will email you when registration opens.


Registration Date Program Start Date Deadline for Assessment Submission
Register up to 19 Jan 2024 23 Jan 2024 20 Feb 2024
Register up to 16 Feb 2024 20 Feb 2024 19 Mar 2024
Register up to 15 Mar 2024 19 Mar 2024 16 Apr 2024

IMPORTANT NOTEBefore enrolling for this program, as well certifying you have met the entry requirements, you must also read the . You will be asked to accept these terms and conditions at checkout. Thank you.