Building a better and healthier tomorrow is a goal shared by the entire world. We at Crown CRO are proud to do our part for achieving this important goal by, for example, sharing our skills and knowledge and promoting the entire industry.
One way to do this is to help new, talented people enter the field. This is also one of the driving forces behind our new CRA training program, which we launched this spring. Being strong believers in continuous professional development, we have previously organized CRA training in-house. Now, for the first time, we have opened up the program to people outside the company, too.
The CRA training program is intended for anyone who is considering a career as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in order to work on clinical trials. A CRA serves as the most important link between the end client and the trial site, ensuring that the site has optimal conditions for producing high-quality results. Suitable backgrounds for participating in the program range from university studies in pharmacy, biomedicine, or biology to nursing and other healthcare qualifications. Experience from clinical research is a plus, but not a prerequisite.
The first participants of the program received their course certificates in May. Plans for the second intake in the autumn are already well on the way. Conducted in English, it will further expand the training to people from other countries, too.
Everything you need to work as a CRA
The program is made up of 2+2 contact days, independent pre-learning, and coursework assignments between the contact days. All in all, it’s an intensive three-week package followed by a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) test to be taken individually within 30 days after the course.
After completing the course, you’ll have all the theoretical knowledge you need to work as a CRA. We start by exploring the history of clinical trials, terminology, trial design, and the laws and regulations that set the legal framework for the work. Next, we walk through site opening and different kinds of site visits and documents as well as the processes related to monitoring, data management, quality management, and safety reporting, moving on to trial closing procedures, such as finalizing the trial database and conducting the site closure. We end the program by learning about the latest developments in clinical trials in Finland.
The program instructors are seasoned Crown CRO professionals, including project managers, safety experts, and registration specialists. This means that each topic is taught by a person with long experience and knowhow in the particular field.
People are our biggest asset
The first intake of ten talented, positive, and enthusiastic participants has proven that there indeed is a need for an in-depth CRA training program. If you’d like to be part of making the world a healthier place and join the program this coming autumn, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
And even though this program focuses on CRAs, don’t forget that we are always looking for skilled professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to work in, for example, data services, pharmacovigilance, or regulatory affairs. People are our biggest asset, and we genuinely care about and value our employees and the work they do. Why not become one of us?