As a CRA you'll be responsible for the managerial aspects of various clinical trials at every stage of the process.

Very good course! The group discussions and the anecdotes/industry insight provided was extremely helpful. Talking to the tutor and other delegates with experience and insight into the role of a CRA was invaluable.

Jacob Lawman, Clinical Data Management & Monitoring Associate Research Organisation (KC) Ltd


Online instructor-led course

3 weeks, 2 sessions per week for 3 hours each day
Training days:
Mondays and Tuesdays. In the final week, there will be an additional class on Wednesday that will mainly consist of the final assessments.
Training time:
From 2 pm

Mon 13th – 29th May 2024

Mon 09th – 25th Sept 2024

Mon 11th – 27th Nov 2024

Mon 17th Feb – 05th Mar 2025

Mon 12th – 28th May 2025

Mon 08th – 24th Sept 2025

Face to face

3 full consecutive days, approx 8 hours each day
Citadines Hotel, 94-99 High Holborn London WC 1V 6LF

Mon 22nd – 24th Apr 2024

Mon 15th – 17th July 2024

Mon 28th – 30th Oct 2024

Mon 20th – 22nd Jan 2025

Mon 14th – 16th April 2025

Mon 14th – 16th July 2025

Receive your industry recognised certification at the end of the course and your learners reference manual!

What prior knowledge is needed?

Most CRA positions require as a minimum a BSc in:

  • Biological/life sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Chemistry
  • Related medical field or a nursing qualification

However, in some cases, CRAs have entered the profession without a graduate degree but have the relevant expertise. The most important thing is having the right skills for the job.

Read our blog: Could A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Position Be The Role For You?


If you are looking to enter the field of clinical research, this CPD-accredited 3-day course is for you. It will provide you with a comprehensive insight into an entry-level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) role.

This fundamental "how-to" and "why" course, focuses on current practice. You will learn about the CRA's role and responsibilities in the context of the regulations and rules that govern clinical trials. You will look at a day in a CRA's life to gain insight into the profession. Alongside this, you will review mock-up sample protocols and study documents to reinforce your learning.

For information on the intermediate or advanced level CRA course, please send us an email at or book a consultation with us.

What will be covered in this course?

This module will look at:

  • The primary duties of a CRA
  • The specific responsibilities in accordance with ICH-GCP
  • SOP and regulations for before, during and after a clinical trial
  • Essential documents — Preparation, collation and QC
  • Ethics and regulatory submissions and approvals of the clinical trial application
  • Study start-up activities — site identification and selection, QC for IP release
  • Site activation — SIV, ISF review and drug supply review
  • Monitoring and site management
  • Study site closeout activities

You will also be guided through some real-life practical training that you will experience on the job.

  • Scenario based training
  • Group workshops
  • Review a Monitoring Plan for a clinical trial
  • First-hand review and practical use of drug accountability logs, and returned investigational product kits
  • Video: A Day in the Life of a Clinical Research Associate

Excellent course, excellent tutor, really knew her stuff. A lot of material covered. Gained huge knowledge of the role of a CRA.

Angeline Nwoko, CTA, London

Who is the course designed for?

If you are a clinical trial administrator who has just been promoted to a CRA level I or have limited experience as a CRA, this modular training is specifically designed for you.

This is a good starter course that will equip you with the skills to conduct clinical trial initiation and/or monitoring and basic site management at the investigational site.


Dr. Lia Hunter

With a BSc in Chemistry, PhD in Organic Chemistry and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Biotechnology at Cambridge University, Dr Lia Hunter's career has spanned 30 years in clinical research. Founder and Director of both CGX Training and Clinnovate Ltd, Dr Hunter has worked for and with world-renowned pharmaceutical organisations, including Pfizer, Biogen, Takeda and AbbVie.

Donna-Marie Donalds

Donna-Marie Donalds’ career has spanned more than 20 years. Starting as a CRA for the Thrombosis Research Institute in 2001, she has since worked with the likes of Johnson & Johnson, Covance and Sanofi-Aventis. She is currently the Managing Director of QC Monitoring Solutions while freelancing as a clinical research consultant. Donna-Marie is also Head of Training and the innovative course creator at CGX Training.


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Stepping into the clinical research industry can feel overwhelming. If you don't know where to start...start here!

If you’re a clinical trial administrator who has just been promoted to a clinical research Associate level I or currently a CRA that wants to ensure you’re performing to GOLD STANDARD so you can progress in your career, this is the course for you.

The CRA course has been specifically designed with live mock scenarios to arm you with the on-the-job skills you need. Plus, you'll also be carefully guided through the job application process, with insider tips on how to create a standout CV and nail that interview.