Recertification Guidelines for Certified IRB Professionals (CIP)
Effective January 1, 2013
To maintain certification as an IRB professional, a CIP must recertify every three
(3) years from the time of most recent certification. Recertification may always
be achieved by re-taking and passing the CIP examination. However, CIPs also have
the option to recertify by completing a continuing education (CE) requirement twice
before being required to recertify by examination. Continuing education may only
be used as a basis for recertification twice in a nine-year period.
For example: If the CIP’s initial certification was in 2007, the
CIP may complete the continuing education requirements or take and pass the certification
examination prior to the expiration date in 2010. A second recertification by continuing
education would also be permitted prior to the expiration date in 2013. After two
recertifications by continuing education the CIP must re-take, and pass, the certification
examination prior to the expiration date in 2016 to maintain the credential.
Recertification must be accomplished prior to the certification expiration to avoid
a lapse in certification. If there is a lapse in certification of greater than six
months, the individual must take the examination to renew certification and cannot
recertify by continuing education.
A person who holds certification and takes the examination but does not pass, will
lose the certification. This is effective on the date that the notification of the
results from the examination are received. Those who are eligible to recertify by
continuing education, but choose to take the examination instead and do not pass
may not subsequently use continuing education to recertify. That is, the examination
must be passed before the credential is reissued.
A person who is denied recertification by continuing education due to improper or
incomplete documentation may appeal that decision by writing to the CCIP (care of
PTC). The appeal must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the postmark date
of the original letter sent from PTC or CCIP. The letter must clearly describe the
reasons the candidate believes that recertification was improperly denied and include
all documentation available to support such claim. The appeal will be considered
by CCIP and written notice of the final decision will be provided to the candidate.
Expiration of Certification
Use the following table to determine when certification expires through passing
Date of Examination
January through June
June 30 three years later
July through December
December 31 three years later
Example: If an individual passed the certification examination on March
3, 2010, certification expires on June 30, 2013.
For those recertifying by CE, the deadline for your recertification application
is the first day of the month when your certification expires. The deadline for
applying for the exam is listed on the CIP handbook, which is updated yearly.
Reminder for Recertification
CIPs are responsible for maintaining their certification. However, a reminder including
a recertification application and guidelines will be sent to the address on file
with PTC as follows:
Reminders will be sent on or about December 1 for certifications expiring on June
Reminders will be sent on or about July 1 for certifications expiring on December
You must maintain a current certification if you wish to continue using the CIP
credential after your name.
Recertification through Continuing Education
If using continuing education for recertification, the credits must be earned after
the date the examination was passed.
New for Certifications Expiring in 2013
Sessions from the main conference of the AAHRPP annual conference will also be accepted
towards fulfillment of the 15 hours required to carry CE credits issued by a recognized
accrediting body regardless of whether those credits have actually been issued.
Pre-conference sessions and other AAHRPP CE events are NOT included, although they
may still be eligible for non-accredited CE credit hours for CIP recertification
purposes. As with other CE events, the topics must be within the CIP Body of Knowledge
(Content Outline) and the content must be beyond basic initial education.
Acceptable Continuing Education Activities
For recertification by continuing education, CIPs must complete 30 documented hours
of continuing education in topics within the CIP Body of Knowledge (Content
Outline) which can be found in the CIP Handbookng. The topics must also be beyond
initial, basic or fundamental level education programs (eg., no IRB 101 or similar
At least 15 of the 30 hours must carry credits issued by a recognized accrediting
body, e.g., nursing associations, the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education
(ACPE), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and other
professional organizations or universities. OHRP sponsored programs on topics beyond
basic initial education will be accepted towards fulfillment of the 15 hours required
to carry CE credits issued by a recognized accrediting body regardless of whether
those credits have actually been issued.
Acceptable continuing education activities may include, but are not limited
- Programs sponsored by the Common Rule signatories including
- Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP),
- the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
- Office of Research Integrity (ORI),
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA),
- Department of Energy (DOE),
- National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Programs sponsored by associations including
- Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R),
- National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA),
- Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP),
- Society of Research Administrators (SRA),
- Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA),
- Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRP),
- Short courses or intensive courses, such as those sponsored by Bioethics centers,
institutes, or universities.
- Local and regional seminars, conferences or presentations.
- Formal college courses such as bioethics, responsible conduct of research, research
design, grant design, research methodology, quantitative and qualitative research
methods, field research techniques, and statistics. Each three-credit course or
one semester course is equivalent to 10 continuing education hours. Courses must
be successfully completed.
- Web-based courses that are designed for continuing education or have assigned continuing
education hours, other than the programs used for initial training.
- Self-study programs including but not limited to books or journals having documented
quizzes, tests, and/or exercises. Note: Functioning as a pre-publication reviewer
of journal articles of any type, regardless of whether Continuing Education Credits
are issued for the activity, is not considconsidered
self-study in this context and, as such, does not qualify for CIP continuing education.
NOT Acceptable continuing education activities
- Topics that are outside the CIP Body of Knowledge
- Education that is at an initial, basic or fundamental level (eg., IRB 101 type courses,
- PrograPrograPrograms that an individual develops and/or instructs DO NOT count towards
that individual’s continuing education. An individual who organizes and then
attends training presented by others may count that training towards their continuing
Individuals are responsible for maintaining the source documentation that supports
their claim of continuing education. In order to be acceptable for credit all continuing
education documentation must include, at a minimum:
- program title,
- sponsosponsor name,
- number of hours attended, and
the individual’s name printed on the document or certificate.
If the continuing education is met through a college course, the formal transcript
must be available for verification.
For CE events where accredited credits are being claimed, it is the responsibility
of the applicant to verify that the events are eligible for accredited CE hours.
Individuals should not assume that a CE event continues to carry accredited CE hours
just because it was eligible for accredited CE hours in the past.
A suggested format for submitting summary information of continuing education activities
is included on the last page of this document. The CIP Council appreciates
the efforts of all candidates who take the time to review their own CE records and
submit only relevant and legible information that clearly demonstrates how the candidate
has met the CIP CE requirements on the application.
Please note that individuals are responsible for retaining source documentation
(certificates, letters of attendance) for at least three (3) years following recertification
by continuing education. Individuals should be prepared to submit copies of source
material, when requested, for auditing and continuing quality improvement purposes.
Audits of recertification by continuing education may be conducted for verification
and continuous quality improvement purposes by the CCIP. If an audit reveals insufficient
credits, denial of certification is possible.
Has your contact information changed since your last certification? If YES,
you need to notify PTC so that future communications regarding recertifications
and the CIP Program reach you in a timely manner.
The fee for either type of recertification is:
(Proof of PRIM&R membership must be sent with your application).
There are no refunds of the fee if an audit reveals a problem.
Prior to the expiration of certification submit the appropriate recertification
application form and fees to:
Professional Testing Corporation
1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018