CRC to CRA Program

What is the CRC to CRA Program?

Our CRC to CRA Talent Program is a great way to progress from a site related role to a sponsor related CRA role. This sponsored program is designed for Clinical Research Coordinators with at least 2 years experience and who are eager to start a CRA career. 

How does it work?

VIARES provides you an instructor-led online training program covering key competencies you will need for most of the CRA roles offered by CROs. During the training program we will connect you with our industry network and arrange interviews for CRA jobs.

Application Process

Apply for the next CRC to CRA Talent Program.

The Program

You will take a top-class online industry training, including e-learning, tests, assignments and live webinars. Upon positive graduation of the program, we will setup interviews with industry partners hiring new talents.

Who should apply?

You need to meet the following criteria:

  • life science or medical university degree, and
  • at least one year work experience as Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Trial Coordinator, Clinical Study Coordinator, Clinical Research Assistant or Research Nurse
  • good communication and presentation skills
  • fluent written and oral communication in local language and English
  • quality and detailed oriented work approach
  • have a valid work permission for the country of application
  • availability for a online training
  • interest to start potential CRA roles as soon as possible
  • located in USA, Canada, Europe, UK, Russia or Turkey


The CRC to CRA Program consists of eight consecutive modules. You will complete each module by:

  • taking your e-learning
  • completing your module test
  • submit your assignment work
  • attending the instructor-led live block-webinars

Successfully complete eight competency modules to obtain your VIARES certificate.

  • Background of medicines development
  • Research and discovery stage & product development
  • Clinical development
  • Regulatory submission, Health Technology Assessment, lifecycle management
  • ICH GCP and other applicable regulations
  • The Study Protocol
    • Elements of a Study Protocol according to ICH GCP
    • Trial Design
    • Methodologies
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Ethics Committees
    • Sponsor / Monitor
    • Investigator
    • Competent Authority
  • Patient Protection
    • Patient Information
    • Collecting Patient Consent
    • Special Patient Populations
  • Adverse Event Reporting
    • Types of Adverse Events
    • Identifying and Reporting Serious Adverse Events
  • Selecting an Investigational Site
    • Assessing Investigational Sites
    • Training and Upgrading Investigational Sites
  • Initiating Investigational Sites
    • Organizing the Initiation Visit
    • Setting up the required documentation – Essential Documents
  • Effective Monitoring
    • Planning, Conducting, Documenting, and Reporting Monitoring Visits
    • Managing Issues
  • Closing Investigational Sites
    • Organizing the Close-Out Visit
    • Documentation
    • Reporting
  • Managing the Investigational Medicinal Product
    • Definition of investigational medicinal product (IMP) / study drug
    • Provision of the IMP
    • Drug Accountability
    • Randomization, blinding and un-blinding processes
    • Managing Expiry Dates
    • Collecting IMP after Site Close-out
  • Data Collection
    • Clinical Research Form (CRFs)
    • Process of Data Collection
    • Data Collection Systems
  • Data Validation
    • Data validation process
    • Query Process
    • Data Quality Assurance
  • Applicable international and national regulations
  • ICH GCP E6 (R2)
  • FDA Regulation
  • Quality Assurance: Audits and Inspections

CRC to CRA Program Dates


until April 07, 2020

first come – first serve

Confirmation of acceptance

by April 14, 2020


Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS



Kick-Off Webinar

April 21, 2020

START: 16:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET


Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

May 09, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET


Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

May 23, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET


Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

June 06, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Our participant’s careers

About 1 out 3 participants and graduates have industry experience from current and past roles, for example in:

  • CROs (i.e. Covance, ICON, IQVIA, Parexel, PRA, PPD, Syneos)
  • Biopharma (i.e. Abbott, AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bayer, GSK, Merck, MSD, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Sandoz, Sanofi)
  • Academic research (i.e. Duke University, Karolinska Institutet, University of Brussels, University of Cambridge, University of Leicester)
  • Hospitals and related industry segments


Send us your details for starting your application process. Please include documents in English. Places on the program are limited and will be provided on a first-come first-serve principle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please use the application form on this page.

Upon acceptance by VIARES, you can start the talent program on the published dates. See details above.

More and more entry level roles now require some work experience and/or relevant training, so our program will help bridging this step. 

The training consists of eight modules. Each module contains e-learnings, assignments, tests and live webinars.

Each module will take about 10 hours in total to complete.

The assignments vary – from some extra free/online certificates to analysis of study related information, to creating specific study documents.

We test you per each module, as we believe in immediate learning and feedback. You will get detailed information on the kick-off webinar.

The program comes with GCP certifications and the VIARES certificate.

You do not have to pay VIARES for participating in this program.

No. VIARES is not offering any employment or indicating employment with clients or other companies.

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