Foundations and Beyond – the Clinical Research Journey course and workshop – RSA only


Your entry ticket to a professional career in clinical research in South Africa. If you are working outside of South Africa click here to be re-directed to our International version of the course. Kickstart your journey in clinical trials with our immersive internationally accredited foundation course, which covers Good Clinical Practice Guidelines (ICH GCP and SA GCP), as well as the clinical trial life cycle.

The course has been designed by industry experts to ensure you learn exactly what you need to start and / or further your career in clinical trials. The Foundations and Beyond course is more than just compliance training as it takes you on a journey through the full life cycle of a mock Phase III trial. For more information you can click here to download our course brochure.

The South African Health Regulatory Authority, SAHPRA,  requires a virtual facilitation session as part of first time Good Clinical Practice training. To be compliant TASK Research Academy’s training will consist of two parts. To obtain your first time GCP certification you will be required to complete both parts. 

How does the program work? 

  • Part 1: Pre-workshop course material.  This comprehensive foundational pre-workshop course is mandatory and will take about 8-10 hours to complete. This part of the training is online. You can do it anytime, and at your own pace on any devise, from anywhere in the world. The only requirement is that you need to complete it before your virtual workshop. This course will provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need to actively participate and engage in the follow up virtual workshop (part two) to complement and enhance your learning experience during the workshop. 


  • Part 2: Qualified Facilitator led virtual workshop. There will be a set date and time for one or more virtual workshops in one month. Everyone that completed the pre-workshop course material before that date can join the workshop. If you missed the workshop you will need to join the next workshop. The next workshop date is 17 July 10h00 – 16h00.

On completion of both Part 1 and Part 2 you will be ICH and SA GCP compliant, ready to start your career with confidence!

Enrol now and take the first steps on your career journey

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Part 1: In the Foundations and Beyond course you will learn:

  • What clinical research is
  • The importance of ICH GCP
  • The development of a trial protocol
  • Feasibility and site selection
  • Ethics review and approval process
  • Planning & setting up a clinical trial
  • Recruitment, consent, & enrolment
  • Managing IP & safety during trial conduct
  • Quality management from start to study close-out.


Part 2: During the virtual workshop you will:

  • Discuss and debrief the various sections of the pre-course training material.
    • Implement your newly found ICH and SA GCP knowledge by working through examples.
      • Have breakout sessions to discuss case studies and scenarios with fellow students.
        • Present and discuss feedback on scenarios.
          • Pose any questions you still might have to the facilitator.

          South Africa

          Our comprehensive Foundations and Beyond – the Clinical Research Journey online course has the following features:

          • Incorporates the full ICH GCP and SA GCP guidelines certificate that is valid for 3 years
            • 100% online
            • Developed by industry for industry
            • Learn through storytelling and simulation of a mock Phase III trial
            • Self-paced modules
            • Rich and immersive learning content – videos, animation and interviews
            • Shareable certificate on completion of an online assessment
            • Interactive quizzes and real-life scenarios.
            • Internationally quality assured by IAOCR, and recognized by the TransCelerate GCP mutual recognition program
            • Accredited by HPCSA and offers CPD points.
            • Certification is valid for 3 years.

            Our Virtual face-to-face workshop:

            • Is led by a Qualified facilitator available for the whole duration.
            • Allows to network and interact with fellow students
            • Interactive and engaging
            • Allows time for questions and answers

            Who should attend this course?

            • Individuals with a health science degree wanting to enter the industry
            • Clinical trial assistants (CTAs)
            • Clinical research nurses (CRNs)
            • Clinical research coordinators (CRCs)
            • Investigators
            • Clinical research practitioners
            • Clinical research associates (CRAs)
            • Pharmacists and pharmacists’ assistants
            • Other clinical research staff working in Quality and Regulatory field
            • Anyone interested to kickstart a career in clinical research and in need of a ICH and / or SA GCP certificate

            Download our course brochure here to learn more

            Contact us for group discounts.

            How to Start

            1. Select the course Foundations and Beyond the clinical research journey.
            2. Make your once-off payment online (this covers part 1 and 2)
            3. Now you are enrolled and ready to start Part 1
            4. Diarise the date and time of the virtual workshop
            5. Complete the pre-course before the workshop
            6. On the day of the workshop click on the provided link on the course page and be on time
            7. Attend the full workshop
            8. Attempt the assessment
            9. Get your certification

            *If you miss your workshop, you can join us on the next available workshop.

            Upcoming Workshop dates

            The next workshop date is 17 July 10h00 – 16h00.

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