Developed in 2014, the Core Competency Framework is the result of the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency’s work to align clinical researchers worldwide around a single, comprehensive set of competencies for the profession. The Joint Task Force worked to incorporate the priorities and necessities of organizations across the clinical research community in order to make the Framework as inclusive as possible. The Framework was developed in a multi-stage process that involved:

1. Identifying competency statements in publications, presentations, and training resources and competency domains, broad categories for the competencies.

2. Aligning and harmonizing similar competency statements in the appropriate competency domain to be inclusive of the needs and priorities of the clinical research community.

3. Reviewing and revising the proposed Framework with collaborating organizations.

In 2018 the JTF updated the Framework in order to recognize the increase in competency which occurs as individuals gain experience in the conduct of clinical trials.  Each competency was expressed at the Basic, Skilled and Advanced level.  Click on each domain to see the leveled core competencies with functional examples. To download the Domain Wheel or the entire JTF Leveled Framework, click the following links

Download the JTF Core Competency Framework

Download the Leveled JTF Core Competency Framework

The JTF Core Competency Framework is made up of:

8 Competency Domains, broad categories of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for conducting clinical research

47 Competency Statements, specific skills and abilities related to clinical research

Click on the domains below for more information.

For translations, see Translations