JTF Framework: Available in Nine Languages

This is an image of the English translation of the JTF Framework Competency Domains for the Clinical Research Professional

The Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency (JTF) is an international team of investigators, educators, and clinical research professionals that has developed a framework that defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for conducting safe, ethical, and high-quality clinical research.

We are delighted to announce that the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency (JTF) Core Competency Framework for Clinical Research Professionals is now available in Chinese.

Other available translations: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Thai, Bahasa IndonesiaItalian and Vietnamese


The JTF Core Competency Framework is made up of 8 Competency Domains, which are broad categories of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for conducting clinical research.

Each Domain contains specific competency statements expressed at a Fundamental, Skilled, and Advanced level.

  1. Fundamental: Can perform the task and/or exhibit the knowledge at an essential or fundamental level; may require some coaching or supervision.
  2. Skilled: Can perform tasks or skills independently, consistently, and accurately and has a moderate level of expertise. Efficient and high-quality work; able to independently navigate resources and use tools well.
  3. Advanced: Demonstrates advanced skills and knowledge and the ability to teach, coach, or supervise others. Consistently applies critical thinking and problem-solving.

The JTF Core Competency Framework (JTF) has been utilized widely and internationally by academic institutions, corporate entities, and professional societies to improve the quality, accuracy, and safety of clinical research. The JTF has compiled a listing of representative publications, presentations, and weblinks to provide examples and references for those entities wishing to utilize the framework to meet their own needs. 

Click here to learn more about how to use the JTF Framework.