Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation

70 CPE Points
7 Learning Credits

Clinical Research Trainer IAOCR

Internationally recognisable professional accreditation standard for Clinical Research Trainers. Suitable for those involved in writing and/or delivering training to clinical research professionals in a virtual or classroom environment as well as clinical research professionals looking to step into a training role (who already have experience in training delivery, or have completed training in how to deliver training). 

Accreditation Program Outline

The Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation (Q-IAOCR) 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 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.

All individuals enrolling for Q-IAOCR Clinical Research Trainer will also be assessed for ICH-GCP and Foundations in Clinical Research as part of this accreditation.  In recognition of the essential role educators provide in supporting
competency development in others, IAOCR has developed this unique package of accreditations specifically for those involved in clinical research training
and development.

The Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer (Q-IAOCR) professional standard was initially developed in 2018 and was updated in 2022 to incorporate the increasing use of innovative training technologies. Q-IAOCR Clinical Research Trainer is the global standard for clinical research training professionals. It is held by a significant number of freelance training professionals as well as employees of many of the world’s leading clinical research organisations. Accreditation leads to professional recognition as a Clinical Research Trainer.

This unique and independently accredited program uses assessment criteria mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education developed by UNESCO. Accreditation leads to professional recognition as a Clinical Research Trainer. Participants successfully passing the accreditation assessment are awarded IAOCR Internationally Qualified Status (Q-IAOCR), which is recognizable by educational establishments and employers globally.

*Please note that IAOCR does not provide training as part of this accreditation assessment**. The purpose of our accreditations is to competence verify individuals who have received training through another provider, and/or gained the necessary ‘on the job’ experience to compete the accreditation assessment. (See entry requirements for further details).  

** IAOCR also offers a comprehensive live online training
programme for professionals who want to step into a
training delivery role, or who are early into their career
and would benefit from an accredited training
programme designed specifically for Clinical Research
Trainers. Already experienced trainers can opt for
immediate enrolment onto the accreditation
assessment without training. If you are interested in
the combined training and accreditation programme
please contact

What does the Accreditation assessment involve?

Shortly after enrolment, you will be sent a link to access your online assessment portal. The assessment is a blend of multiple-choice questions and interactive scenarios designed to test your competence as a Clinical Research Trainer (This is your ‘Portfolio of Evidence’).

You will also be required to deliver a ‘live’ online 30 minute presentation to your IAOCR Assessor as part of this accreditation.  Date options will be provided to you following initial registration.

Upon completion of your assessment and delivery of your live online session,  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:

  • Certificate of Accreditation
  • Designatory letters Q-IAOCR to evidence your IAOCR Internationally Qualified status
  • Electronic ‘Professional Accreditation Mark’ displaying your award date, your professional registration number and your status – Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer
  • Electronic Accreditation Marks for ICH-GCP and Foundations in Clinical Research displaying award date and your professional registration number


How long does the assesment take to complete?

The ICH-GCP and Foundations in Clinical Research accreditations are completed online and take approximately 1 hour each.

For the Q-IAOCR Clinical Research Trainer, on average, the assessment takes 4 – 5 hours to complete (plus a 30 minute delivery of a live online presentation to the IAOCR Competence Assessor).  You can complete the online question and answer part of the assessment in your own time, but you must ensure that your final submission adheres to the deadline for assessment submission (see table in programme registration section).


Entry Requirements

1. Please ensure that you have self-certified your ability to complete both ICH-GCP and Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditations by reviewing the competency areas hereNOTE: You do not need to purchase these accreditations separately as they are included as part of this accreditation package for clinical research trainers.  

2. Before enrolling on the Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation, it is important that you confirm that your career and educational/training background has provided you with the necessary experience to complete the competence assessment areas for clinical research trainers listed below.  IAOCR accreditation programs do not include training, they are designed to verify your competence.  Please ensure that you have self-certified your ability to complete the accreditation assessment before enrolling on the programme:

  • Optimal training environment for different learning environments and types of learning
  • Development and delivery of motivating, engaging and inclusive content for learners
  • Maximising learner engagement
  • Flexibility and adaptation of training styles to suit different learners
  • Effective delivery of live remote training


£ 570.00

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Program Registration

There are 4 registration dates per year for the Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation.

Award of Accreditation Certificates and Professional Certification Marks normally happens within 10 weeks of program start date.

If your preferred start date is not currently listed below, you can register your interest by contacting us and we will then let you know you when registration opens for other dates.

NOTE: As stated in entry requirements, before enrolling on this program you must have first successfully achived F-IAOCR status.


Registration Close Dates Program Start Date Deadline for Assessment Completion
Register by 08 Mar 2024 12 Mar 2024 09 Apr 2024
Register by 12 Apr 2024 16 Apr 2024 14 May 2024
Register by 10 May 2024 14 May 2024 11 Jun 2024
Register by 14 Jun 2024 18 Jun 2024 16 Jul 2024
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Register by 13 Dec 2024 17 Dec 2024 14 Jan 2025