Clinical Research Associate Academy

sponsored by IQVIA

YOU ARE a graduates with a Life Science, Nursing, Pharmacy or Medical Degree and first working experience in clinical research or in a patient facing role

YOU CAN apply for the sponsored CRA training course provided by VIARES

YOU GET after successful completion of the free CRA training, 3 certificates (GCP, VIARES and ACRP) and  the chance to interview for a job with IQVIA

What's included in the Academy

A Flexible Online Training Course

Our setup enables you to complete this program either next to a full-time job or in a focused effort. 100% of the program is online and the training courses can be completed at any time.

Get Industry Certified

On successful completion of this program, you will be certified and will have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies to start at an entry level role as Clinical Research Associate, In-House Clinical Research Associate or similar.

Job Interview by IQVIA

IQVIA might provide you interview opportunities upon successful completion of the full training program.

Application & Process

In order to be considered for the program you need to follow the outlined application process:

  1. apply for the program if you meet the program criteria
  2. upon invitation complete the online Candidate Assessment
  3. after positive Candidate Assessment take a final admission interview
  4. upon admission complete the CRA training course and the ACRP ELKA 
  5. once you successfully completed the program you will be presented to IQVIA, who will decide about an interview

Academy Program

The Clinical Research Associate Academy consists of eight consecutive modules. You will complete each module by:

  • taking your e-learning
  • submitting your assignment work
  • reviewing pre-recorded webinars
  • completing your module test
  • taking the final exam

8 Modules – 100 Learning Hours – 3 Certificates.

Successfully complete the 8 competency modules below to obtain your VIARES Academy Certificate.

In addition to VIARES lifetime membership, you will get a 1-year free membership with ACRP. You will also be able to take ACRP’s new ELKA (Entry-Level Knowledge Assessment) testUpon successful completion, you will receive ACRP’s endorsement (ELKA certificate) of their foundational competencies required for entry-level roles in clinical research.

The VIARES and ACRP partnership provides you an exclusive 20% discount on all VIARES training courses with the coupon code ACRP20.
  • 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
  • Applicable international and national regulations
  • ICH GCP E6 (R2)
  • FDA Regulation
  • Quality Assurance: Audits and Inspections
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patient Protection
    • Patient Information
    • Collecting Patient Consent
    • Special Patient Populations
  • Adverse Event Reporting
    • Types of Adverse Events
    • Identifying and Reporting Serious Adverse Events
  • 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
"I profit from participating in the VIARES CRA Academy, where the team personally takes cares for the students. The program is well structured to learn from experienced tutors and aligns with my work schedule. The learning management system provides access to the learning information any time."
Dmytro K VIARES Graduate

Application criteria for EUROPE

Please apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You live and can legally work in one of the following countries:
    • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain or UK
  • Life Science, Nursing, Pharmacy or Medical Degree
  • Prior work experience:
    • at least 6-12 months work experience in a patient facing role (preferable Clinical Study Coordinator or Nurse) 
    • or 6-12 months work experience in a clinical research role (i.e. CTA, Start Up, Project Assistant)
    • 1 year of Oncology, Dermatology, Cardiovascular, Renal/Metabolic, Internal Medicine experience is strongly preferred (but not mandatory)
  • Are open to work at IQVIA, willing to travel as required for the role and can start as of January 2022 or later
  • Proficiency in the local language
    • if you are not native or live in the current country for at least 5 years, you will need a level B2-C1 or higher certificate
      • i.e. you are applying from Germany but you are not native German speaker and live less than 5 years in Germany, you need to provide a certificate for your language level
  • English language level C1 or higher

Application criteria for USA & CANADA

Please apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You live and can legally work in one of the following countries:
    • USA or Canada
  • Life Science, Nursing, Pharmacy or Medical Degree
  • Prior work experience:
    • at least 6-12 months work experience in a patient facing role (preferable Clinical Study Coordinator or Nurse) 
    • or 6-12 months work experience in a clinical research role (i.e. CTA, Start Up, Project Assistant)
    • 1 year of Oncology, Dermatology, Cardiovascular, Renal/Metabolic, Internal Medicine experience is strongly preferred (but not mandatory)
  • Are open to work at IQVIA, willing to travel as required for the role and can start January 2022 or later
  • If you are not native or live in the current country for at least 5 years, you will need a level B2-C1 or higher English language certificate

Application Documents

For your application you will need to:

  • upload your up-to-date CV AND
  • all relevant other application documents (i.e. proof of your university degree, your work-permit if you are a non-resident, your language certificate if required, driving license, etc.)

Your expert instructors

Eric Klaver VIARES Clinical Research Associate Training Expert Instructor
Gabriele Disselhoff VIARES Clinical Research Associate Training Expert Instructor
Gavin Chait VIARES Clinical Research Associate Training Expert Instructor

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Dmytro K
VIARES Graduate
hired by IQVIA
"I profit from participating in the VIARES CRA Academy, where the team personally takes cares for the students. The program is well structured to learn from experienced tutors and aligns with my work schedule. The learning management system provides access to the learning information any time."

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