Clinical Research & Clinical Trials2023-03-31T09:20:15+00:00

Re-envisioned clinical research training

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How does one enter or pursue a career in the clinical research industry?

Many enter a career in clinical research by chance from a variety of other industries, having to learn on-the-go. The demand for clinical research is increasing, with the industry growing at an annual rate of 12.5%. Despite this, the workforce is only growing at 9%. There are many openings for entry-level careers, but the pool of experienced clinical research staff is just not big enough.

Foundations and Beyond – the Clinical Research Journey

(incorporating ICH GCP and SA GCP guidelines)

What if we can change that?

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What can you expect from this course?

  • Interactive, in-depth and independently quality-assured content

  • A journey of the full life cycle of a clinical trial.

  • The bigger picture, by telling the story of a mock Phase III trial.

  • Simple, fun and easy to navigate.

  • Diverse mix of learning methods to keep you engaged.

  • A kickstart to your career in clinical research, making you interview ready.

Re-envisioned clinical research training

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Accrediting Bodies

Task IAOCR Logo
TASK ACCRE Logo
Task HPCSA Logo
Task TransCelerate logo

How does one enter or pursue a career in the clinical research industry?

Many enter a career in clinical research by chance from a variety of other industries, having to learn on-the-go. The demand for clinical research is increasing, with the industry growing at an annual rate of 12.5%. Despite this, the workforce is only growing at 9%. There are many openings for entry-level careers, but the pool of experienced clinical research staff is just not big enough.

Foundations and Beyond – the Clinical Research Journey

(incorporating ICH GCP and SA GCP guidelines)

What if we can change that?

Task Academy illustrations

What can you expect from this course?

  • Interactive, in-depth and independently quality-assured content.

  • A journey of the full life cycle of a clinical trial.

  • The bigger picture, by telling the story of a mock Phase III trial.

  • Simple, fun and easy to navigate.

  • Diverse mix of learning methods to keep you engaged.

  • A kickstart to your career in clinical research, making you interview ready.

Quality-assured and accredited training

No fixed enrolment dates. Work online – on your own schedule, at your own pace – anywhere, anytime.

Quality-assured and accredited training

No fixed enrolment dates. Work online – on your own schedule, at your own pace – anywhere, anytime.

Quality-assured and accredited training

No fixed enrolment dates. Work online – on your own schedule, at your own pace – anywhere, anytime.

How can we help you as an organisation?

Let us better understand your thoughts, needs and ideas around training

How can we help you as an organisation?

Let us better understand your thoughts, needs and ideas around training

Frequently Asked Questions

I have 5 years’ experience as an Investigator in clinical research. Is this also a course for people with experience?2022-11-04T12:17:26+00:00

Yes, indeed. As we start to work in the clinical research field we usually get once off beginner GCP training and maybe refresh the same information every 3 years. Some CRO and sites train on the job, but it is not standardised. You hardly get the opportunity to understand trials from other role players’ perspective. And you stay in your silo. We have had very good feedback from people who have worked in the industry for over 10 years. Some elements may still be new – depending on your exposure to the full life cycle, all stages, phases, and role players.

Does the course also include SA GCP?2022-11-04T12:17:57+00:00

Yes. There is a separate section on ICH GCP and SA GCP (for South Africa students) to describe which elements should be considered when doing trials in SA.

I am looking to develop my career and get into clinical research but do not know how to go about it. Kindly advise on how to move into the field and how TASK Academy can help me to achieve this goal of ultimately becoming a CRA.2022-11-04T12:18:42+00:00

It is quite difficult to enter this industry. To start with, as a minimum, you need a certificate in Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Our course is GCP on steroids! You will receive 2 certificates. It is an intense but immersive course that will take you through the whole life cycle of a clinical trial. The course is internationally accredited. You will also receive your ICH GCP certificate. This course will be the foundation of your career pathway to become a CRA.

Does this course also include Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP)?2022-10-28T12:47:57+00:00

Yes.  The course covers all the principles of ICH GCP and how to implement them in practice.

Is online beginner Good Clinical Practice accepted by SAHPRA and Ethics committees?2022-11-04T12:19:43+00:00

Yes. Our comprehensive online course is accepted by regulatory authorities in South Africa, contains all SA GCP elements as a separate module and is accredited by HPCSA. It is based on global standards (ICH GCP). It was independently quality assured by IAOCR (UK), accredited by ACCRE, and meets the minimum criteria for good clinical practice training by TransCelerate.

I have no background in clinical trials. Can I also do the course?2022-11-04T12:20:30+00:00

Yes you can. ANYONE interested to start a career in clinical research, no matter what role you aspire to – sponsor, CRA, CTA, nurse, manager, coordinator, pharmacist, investigator, data capturer, data manager, regulatory authority, ethics board member, quality assurer, lab staff – this course is for you.

Does this course increase my chances of getting into clinical research since I’m a graduate and have no experience?2022-11-04T12:21:18+00:00

We cannot guarantee that you will get a job after this course, but what we can promise is the high quality of the content and the depth of knowledge of 20–40 hours of learning. This course was created by people who have worked in the industry for over 15 years. It teaches beyond the standard of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) – if you take this course seriously, and not just do it to get the certificate. Use the opportunity wisely to study and LEARN so that you can showcase your understanding of the clinical trial language, life cycle and role players in your interview and cover letter. It will better your chances as it will show that less training needs to be done “on the job”.

Are there specific starting dates or is it at the learner’s own time?2022-10-26T10:16:20+00:00

You can start anytime and stop /pause as needed and continue where you left off at your own pace.

What do I need to attend?2022-11-04T12:22:31+00:00

Any device – Android or iPhone; tablet, laptop, or computer. Medium to high-speed internet access as there are a lot of video content and animation. At least 2 hours a day of focused learning to absorb all the content. It can take you up to 2 weeks to finish the course. We recommend breaking it down in sections for best retention.

Are there any prerequisites?2022-10-26T10:10:55+00:00

You must be able to read and understand standard business English. You do not have to have any experience in clinical research. You do not have to have a Good Clinical Practice certificate.

Is this just another ICH GCP course?2022-10-26T10:10:27+00:00

No. This is NOT your typical “death by power point” ICH GCP knowledge-based course. Yes, this course encompasses all the ICH GCP principles required to work in clinical research and you will receive an ICH GCP certificate as a second certificate. This course offers so much more! It will tell you the story of the full life cycle of a trial as it is based on a mock Phase III trial. You will see the bigger picture. You will learn about how a trial is developed, set up, conducted, and closed and everything in between.

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