Publication of Leveled JTF Core Competency Framework in Japan

July 17, 2020

Our Japanese colleagues have published the Joint Task Force Core Competency Framework in the Japanese Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2020;51(3):131-150). This publication in the Japanese language helps extend the integration of the Framework to clinical research professionals in Japan.

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New ACRP Program to Assess Competency of Entry-Level Clinical Researchers

May 06, 2020

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) announces a pilot project designed to assess the competency of entry-level clinical research professionals, ACRP’s hypothesis is that new graduates from academic programs in clinical research will pass the ACRP-CP exam at equal or higher rates than individuals with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in clinical research. If proven true, then providing graduating students access to an ACRP-CP certification exam will enable the further demonstration of their knowledge and competency thereby enhancing a hiring organization’s confidence in recruiting, training, and retaining these new graduates as valuable members of their research teams. The Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research has been working for some time with ACRP to develop this program.  Three institutions are participating in the program, Campbell University, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Durham Technical Community College.

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Academic Program Accreditation: An Important Criterion for Quality in the Preparation of Tomorrow’s Clinical Research Workforce

February 07, 2020

It is widely agreed upon that there has been a significant increase in both the number and the complexity of clinical trials during the past decade.  The global clinical trial service market is predicted to reach $64B in 2020 (Centerwatch, 2017).  The demand for clinical research professionals already exceeds the supply and the pressure to grow the clinical research workforce will undoubtedly increase. The majority of the current workforce has been trained “on the job” and very few enter the clinical research profession as a direct result of academic education or knowledge of the field.    (more…)

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Indices of clinical research coordinators’ competence

August 05, 2019

A recent publication reports that investigators from the Clinical and Translational Science Award based DIAMOND project have developed and tested indices which may be used to evaluate the self-assessed competency of clinical research coordinators.  The two indices, CICRP-I (basic level) and CICRP-II (advanced level) were developed using data selected from the JTF Global Self-Assessment of Clinical Research Competency.  The CICRP-II assessment was administered to 95 clinical research coordinators working in one of 4 CTSA funded academic health centers in an effort to accumulate data which could be used to confirm the validity of the instrument and compare the results to similar assessments which were published by the JTF that self-assessed the competency of a variety of members of the global clinical research enterprise.

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Career Orientation and perceived professional competence among clinical research coordinators

August 02, 2019

A recent publication by faculty from the University of Georgia and Emory University described a study of how the JTF Core Competency Domains are perceived by clinical research coordinators as relates to their career orientation and career satisfaction.   Different aspects of the role of clinical research coordinator define certain career orientation types.  Four different types were identified utilizing a web-based survey.  The conclusion of the study was that “understanding the career orientation of CRC’s can be helpful to institutional administrators and clinical investigators as they support professional development and training of CRC’s.

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Core Competencies Applied: Duke University School of Medicine

August 02, 2019

DUSOM_Stk_rgb.jpgThe Harmonized Core Competency Framework was utilized in a major workforce development effort at Duke University. Rebecca Brouwer (Associate Director for Research Operations at Duke Office of Clinical Research) and Denise Snyder (Associate Dean for Clinical Research at Duke School of Medicine) spearheaded this effort to reclassify all research professional positions within Duke University. (more…)

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Opportunity to Define Competency Standards for the Clinical Project Manager

February 22, 2019

As part of ongoing efforts the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT) and the Joint Task Force (JTF) for Clinical Trial Competency have initiated a new workgroup called Clinical Project Managers (CPMs). This workgroup was created for defining and documenting the core competencies required by CPMs, which will build upon the context of JTF Framework. This would include defining the CPM core competencies at an entry, skilled, and advanced level. (more…)

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ACRP Presentation To CTSN Clinical Research Professional Taskforce Highlights JTF Core Competency Framework

January 30, 2019

ACRP’s Workforce Innovation Officer, Beth Harper, recently addressed the Clinical and Translational Science Network Professional Taskforce and discussed Competency Based Career Progression. The presentation discussed the evolution of competency based hiring, retention and career progression and stressed the need for standards and the value of professional certification for the clinical research workforce and highlighted the contributions of the Joint Taskforce for Clinical Trial Competency. Her presentation slides are attached.

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Forte Research Systems, Inc. Hosts Webinar, “Competency-Based Approaches To Staff Hiring, Management And Advancement”

November 14, 2018

On November 6, 2018, Beth Harper, Workforce Innovation Officer for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, hosted a webinar which was sponsored by Forte Research Systems, Inc of Madison, Wisconsin.  The webinar overviewed the development of the JTF Core Competency Framework and the impact that it was having on clinical research staff hiring, training and upward mobility.  — As of 2019, Forte has merged and is now part of Advarra.

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New Opportunity To Define Competency Standards For The Clinical Project Manager

November 05, 2018

As part of ongoing efforts the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRTC) and the Joint Task Force (JTF) for Clinical Trial Competency have initiated a new project. A workgroup is being created for defining and documenting the core competencies required by Clinical Project Managers (CPMs), which will build upon the context of JTF Framework. The goal of this workgroup is to develop and promote a framework of clinical PM competencies to enable industry wide non-competitive information sharing for the execution of clinical projects. (more…)

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