Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation

Internationally Qualfied Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation

Internationally recognizable 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).

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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.

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. 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).  

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
  • The designatory letters Q-IAOCR to evidence your internaionally qualified status
  • Professional Certification Mark displaying your award date, your unique registration number and your status – Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer


How long does the assesment take to complete?

On average, the assessment takes 4 – 5 hours to complete (plus the 30 minute delivery of a live online presentation to the IAOCR Verified 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

Before enrolling on the Q-IAOCR Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Trainer Accreditation program 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 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




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.


Registration Dates Program Start Date Deadline for Assessment Completion
Register by 25 Mar 2023 29 Mar 2023 19 Apr 2023
Register by 12 Apr 2023 17 May 2023 7 Jun 2023
Further dates TBC    

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Foundations Package: Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Professional (Foundation Level) – Encompassing ICH-GCP Accreditation and Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditation

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